Childhood Games: Chicken Run

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I wanted to end on Chicken Run after my Stop Motion Series since this game is based on a stop motion film. I consider this one of my scariest childhood games because it is the only game I can remember scaring me as a child. If you’ve seen the film, it might sound odd since it’s not that scary. But, the game over screen was too scary for me when I was young!

This is also a game that I did not finish and the first game I’ve talked about here that I just did not like. When I got this game, I would have been around 6. I played this on the PC and struggled with it due to it being scared of it. Let’s take a look back at Chicken Run!

Plot and Design

The plot of this game follows the film so it’s basically about chickens trying to escape their farm before their turned into pies!

This game was primarily a stealth game which is why it was tricky for a small child. You had to sneak around enemies, lights, and try not to make any noise as you collected items. If you were caught, the items were returned and you had to go back and find them again.

You had a danger meter. The meter would change colors to indicate danger with green meaning safe and red meaning Danger, Run! There were also platforming sections and mini games to change up the gameplay.

Why I Didn’t Finish

Mainly because it scared me! When you get caught, the screen goes black, the enemy fills up the screen, and it plays intense music like you really messed up. Look up “Chicken Run game over” on YouTube and you’ll see why that was scary to me at 6! The worst was the dogs which were the most common enemy to get caught by because they would growl menacingly at you. Also the first time I played this, I remember it being dark outside which made the game overs much worse!

The other reason why was because it was tricky. I struggled to complete the levels before walkthroughs existed. Then, I hit a wall towards the end of the game where you had to complete mini games in the final game to prepare the chickens to escape such as collecting eggs from the chickens. I struggled to beat them in time due to being young and just could not beat the game.

Childhood Nightmares

I do actually remember being afraid to sleep after playing the game the first time because of the dog game over. I was so slow playing the game because I needed courage to play it! It seems funny now to be that scared of Chicken Run as a kid, but that game over still freaks me out a bit.

Would I recommend this game? I’m honestly not sure because I haven’t played it in at least 15 years. I would say fans of stealth might like it. Just don’t get caught because you do not want to see that game over screen or get your items taken away!

What games do you remembering scaring you as a kid? Let me know!

 

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Childhood Favorites: The Simpsons: Hit and Run

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I had The Simpsons: Hit and Run on PC when I was a kid. The funny story is that I actually took it from my brother once he finished the game. My brother is a couple years older than me so he was around the age to be playing a Teen rated game but I was 9!

This means that I learned how to say “Get off the road, Jackass!” before I could actually drive from playing this game! Luckily, I never repeated it until I was old enough to drive and understand that sometimes people just can’t drive!

This is a game I mostly remember fondly except for some difficult missions! It was fun, the dialogue was funny although did go over my head because I was 9 and this was more targeted for people who were fans of The Simpsons TV show which I was too young for!

Plot

Somethings weird is going on in Springfield surrounding a new drink called Buzz Cola. There are bee security cameras and strange trucks and it’s up to the Simpsons to figure out what is going on in their town!

Driving

There are different cars to drive in the game that are unlocked through missions, buying them with in-game currency, or finding secret cars in the different stages of the game!

Each car has different skills such as speed and handling. Cars can be repaired with wrenches throughout the stages or if they are destroyed they can be repaired by paying a fine.

There are cops in the game that are triggered by demolishing property or hitting people. There is a meter that builds up and if the meter goes red the cops will come after you! I remember the cops being hard to get away from in the game because they would drive fast and destroy your car and you would have to pay them a fine!

I also remember getting into trouble a lot because if you demolished property you would get coins! I was a ruthless child!

Levels

There are seven levels in the game and each level consists of different missions. The first level is the introduction to the game where you play as Homer hearing about Buzz Cola on TV. The second level is where you play as Bart in a different area of Springfield causing general mayhem. The third level involves Lisa in another area of Springfield trying to find Bart who has gone missing.

The fourth level takes place in the introduction area of the game where Bart has been found and Marge wants to know why her son appears to be brainwashed. The fifth level features Apu who is back to the second area in the game investigating Buzz Cola. The sixth level features Bart who is now normal investigating the area where Lisa was because he wants the world to know what’s going on with Buzz Cola. The final level is back to the first area in the game with Homer dealing with a town that is now been turned into a Halloween town on Halloween and is taking down Buzz Cola to save Springfield!

Favorite Moments

  • Interactions with characters like when Marge tells Homer he ate Lisa’s science project
  • Homer’s dialogue when you mess up driving: “Ow my ass!” “Get off the road, jackass!”
  • All of the music in the game
  • “S-M-R-T” mission where you had to race the principal to school
  • Racing mini games

Least Favorite Moments

  • “Monkey See Monkey D’oh” where you have to find all the monkeys before the timer runs out and it’s very difficult to do
  • Final mission which is a timed mission where you have to collect nuclear waste and drive to a spaceship

Fun Racing and Exploration Game

I loved this game as a kid and I mostly have fond memories of it despite some difficult missions! The game was funny and I enjoyed driving and causing mayhem in Springfield! I also enjoyed exploring the levels to collect coins and cards in the game! I remember replaying the game a few times and it’s one of my favorite games I played even though I was too young for it at the time!

Have you played The Simpsons: Hit and Run? What did you think of the game? What were some of your favorite childhood game?

 

The Emperor’s New Groove and Childhood Games

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I had the The Emperor’s New Groove game when I was a kid on my PC. I do not remember when I got it but I guess it must have been around when the movie came out. It was my favorite game as a kid, but I gave it away when I got a little older. I was so happy that I was able to replay it on my Vita.

The game is all about collecting Kuzco idols so you can reach the end of the level. The game is split up into little worlds that are split up into levels so it is not an open world game. The story follows the movie where Kuzco is turned into a llama by Yzma and Pacha decided to help Kuzco be a human again.

First World: Village

The game starts off with a tutorial. It introduced how to play the game and what the game was going to be like. The game immediately shows that it is funny and likes to break the fourth wall.

The game’s humor comes from Kuzco’s sass because he is sarcastic to everything that the game does. He will even sass the tutorial. The fourth wall is broken in different ways such as characters will tell you that this is a game or tell you how to use the camera and then comment that they do not know what a camera is.

It also introduced recurring characters. An example was a kid on a llama bike. You had to break his bike so he would give you an idol to progress through the level. All of the game’s main boss fights were with Yzma since she is the main villain.

First Favorite World: Catacombs

This was my favorite area as a kid and still as an adult because some parts of this area are roller coaster levels. I loved them as a kid because I could ride a roller coaster on my computer.

The roller coaster levels are actually tricky as an adult. They tend to go very fast and requires quick reflexes. Sometimes the game will reverse the controls so I have to control a fast roller coaster while the controls are reversed.

I struggled with the areas that were not roller coaster levels in this world. They were challenging because they involved platforming that was precise. I did not lose all of my lives, but I did decide not to 100% levels just because of how hard the platforming was.

Second Favorite World: River

This entire area is just a water level. You control Kuzco and Pacha who are tied to a log. I loved this area as a kid because it was fun to go down waterfalls and imagine myself on a water ride.

My favorite section of this area was a level where I raced the bike kid except for this time he was on a floatie. The level was fast paced and it was fun trying to beat the kid in a race.

Final Thoughts

This game was fun as a kid and it is still fun to play today. I love the soundtrack in this game. There were a lot of songs that I would just pause and listen to before I continued playing. I would describe the music as jazz because of the quick piano and the horns.

I also loved the humor in this game. My favorite character and funny part in this game was a man called Condorman. He believed he could fly. He was part of a puzzle where you had to aim him at a button so he would fly into the button. If you missed he would hit the wall, get dizzy, and climb back up while flapping his fake wings. He would make me laugh so hard as a kid and I still found him funny now. Clearly my humor has really developed as I grew older!

The boss fights with Yzma are simple, but they are still fun. My favorite boss fight was in the River world where you had to defend yourself against exploding balloon animals.

What was one of your favorite childhood games and what was your favorite part about that game?