Tales from the Backlog’s Memories of Majora’s Mask

Question. How do you terrify an eight year old into being afraid to touch a video game? If you are my older brother, just start up Banjo Kazooie. For me, it was the opening to Majora’s Mask. At the time, and maybe still to this day, this was one of the scariest openings that I […]

via Advent Gaming Calendar 2019 Day 20: The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask — Tales from the Backlog

I enjoyed reading Carlton from Tales From The Backlog’s post about Majora’s Mask! I actually did play the game as a kid once. When I was on vacation with my family, there was a N64 at the hotel because it was the popular console at the time. I remember playing Majora’s Mask and being terrified of it. I only played up until the flower puzzle, but I was so young I was struggling with it so I gave up. I remember being scared of the mask and I had not even seen the creepy moon yet! I got the 3DS remake so I can finally experience the whole game. Enjoy Carlton’s post here and let him know your memories of playing Majora’s Mask!

Ropobon Sun: My Favorite Weird Game Boy Color Game

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So what is Ropobon? Well it’s basically Pokemon replaced with robots. This game also had a really big cartridge that I distinctly remember sticking out of the Game Boy Color and it really stuck out when I got the Game Boy Advance. As for how I got this game? I honestly don’t remember. It’s possible I may have picked it out, or my parents got it for me.

Plot

Pretty much just like Pokemon. You get a Robopon named Sunny from your grandfather and you are supposed to collect Robopon to fight the Legend 7. The only difference is you also inherit your grandfather’s business.

Robopon

Basically Pokemon that are robots. Sunny looks very similar to Pikachu. You find them in the wild like Pokemon and they have different types like Pokemon. The main difference is that you use computer parts to heal them or upgrade them.

Music

This is my favorite part and why I loved the game. My favorite is the main theme that plays when you boot up the game. It would always make me smile as a kid and that’s why I loved playing it so much!

How far did I get?

Just like the Pokemon games, I struggled to get very far in the game as a kid. I remember something about getting stuck in a cave level that was not too far into the game. So I never got to take on the Legend 7 or finish the game.

Would I recommend it?

Hard to say as I am relying only on my memory of playing it when I was very young. I do remember thinking the music was unique. I also did like some of the Robopon like Sunny. I think I would recommend it if you really want to play a game like Pokemon. As for the versions, Sun is the only one that was released in the U.S. which is why I have that version. It’s also the one with Sunny on the cover of it which is why I loved the art on the cartridge!

Have you ever played Robopon?

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?

 

Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu! A Delightful Remake From My Childhood!

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I played Pokemon: Fire Red on the Game Boy Advance as a child.  I remember liking the bright colors and the colorful Pokemon like Charmander. When I found out Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu! was coming out and that Pikachu would be my main companion, I was super excited to play it!

Why I Chose Lets Go: Pikachu

I honestly chose this version because I have always adored Pikachu ever since the anime and games came out! Pikachu is one of my favorite Pokemon! I love Pikachu so much, I got the Build-a-Bear plush Pikachu when it came out!

Pikachu

So far, Pikachu has been adorable! I love petting Pikachu and find that this makes the game very relaxing! I also like the cute outfits although I only have one so far! It’s very adorable that Pikachu is always on my shoulder wearing whatever outfit I put on him. I found the introduction to Pikachu to be really cute when I caught him and he took off in the ball and I had to find him!

Catching

The catching mechanic has changed, but I like it! I am used to battling the Pokemon to catch them, but I did not mind the throwing minigame. I find that it encourages me to want to catch all the Pokemon when I usually just pick out my favorites. It is also nice that all the Pokemon show on the screen so I know who I am catching instead of having to walk around in the grass waiting for a random battle to occur.

I also like that the Pokemon in your inventory have the same pixelated look and also make the screeching sounds like the old games did. It reminded me of Pokemon: Fire Red and really made me smile!

Trainer Battles

This is where Pokemon will battle each other now. I love the titles the trainers are given in all the games like Bug Catcher when they are wearing bug catcher gear. I also love that they have tougher trainers for a big of a challenge. I always loved fighting trainers in Pokemon so it is nice that they are still around!

Gym Leaders

I have no idea how many I beat in Pokemon: Fire Red, but I do not think I got too far. I remember being more interested in catching Pokemon, then fighting the gym leaders when I was young.

In this game, I have beaten one gym leader, and will be close to taking on the second gym leader! The games does make gym leaders easier because it stops me from progressing if I do not have the right Pokemon. So I could not get my ass kicked by Brock for not thinking of bringing a grass Pokemon this time! I did like the warning, but I could understand that this might turn off veterans since the game will not let you progress if you are not prepared. I loved Brock because he calls his Pokemon “rock-hard”, apparently my humor has not changed since I was a kid!

Favorite Moments

I have always loved naming Pokemon in this game because I am honestly terrible at naming things. My highlights include:

  • an Oddish named Raddish
  • a Bulbasaur named Lettuce
  • a Magikarp named Floppy because it just flops around
  • a Zubat named Batman
  • a Geodude named DUUUUUDE

My other favorite moment was naming a Clefairy after my friend who also likes Pokemon! I picked Clefairy because he loves to sing! I have a Giant Clefairy named after my friend following me around and I tell my friend what the Clefairy does like if he helped me find something or splashed himself with a fountain!

My final favorite moment was the joy of getting a Butterfree. I caught a Metapod and kept it in my party so it would level up and evolve into a Butterfree! I was so happy that I managed to evolve my Metapod!

A Chance to Relive Your Childhood

It was really nice to relive my memories of Pokemon: Fire Red on the Game Boy Advance while playing this game! I enjoyed playing it and cannot wait to play more! I will definitely get farther than I did as a kid because I remember being more interested in catching Pokemon than fighting gym leaders.

I love having Pikachu as a virtual pet that is also a super powerful Pokemon! I also cannot wait to get to the Let’s Go park so I can transfer my Pokemon to Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu!

Have you played Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu or Pokemon: Let’s Go Eevee? What did you think of these games?

 

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?