Game Club 199X #25 - Mascot Frenzy Nov 1, 2013 0:05:31 GMT -5
Post by Bobinator on Nov 1, 2013 0:05:31 GMT -5
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It's been a long and crazy ride through these 25 episodes, and we've had you, the viewers, to thank. And so, to celebrate our hard work, we've decided to make a month dedicated to the symbols of marketing that are mascots. We've got some from the US, some from Japan, and some from Europe, so we've got a triple billing of 90's extremeness!
Gex - 3DO, Saturn, PS1, Windows 95
Gex is a platform game originally released for the 3DO in 1994. Versions of the game were later released for the PlayStation, the Sega Saturn and Microsoft Windows. It was a pack-in game for Panasonic models of the 3DO later in the console's life.
It is the first game in the Gex series and introduces players to the titular character, a wisecracking gecko named Gex (voiced in this game by comedian Dana Gould). The game is also the only side-scrolling game in the series.
Plok - Super Nintendo
Plok is a Super Nintendo game developed by Software Creations and published by Tradewest Games in 1993 in North America, and later by Nintendo in Europe and Activision in Japan. The game is a traditional platform game starring a character named "Plok."
Ardy Lightfoot - Super Nintendo
Ardy Lightfoot (アルディライトフット?) is a platform video game released on the Super Nintendo in 1993 in Japan and 1994 in the west. It was developed by ASCII and published by Titus in North America.
- Kutan has a few tips for Ardy Lightfoot. "I'll go ahead and drop this tip, just because it's not super obvious: hold up on the d-pad for a little bit, and Ardy pulls out his inexplicable ninja invisibility cloak and becomes invincible (though immobile). You can keep it up for about four or five seconds. Enemies will continue trying to attack you, so sometimes you're forced to put the cloak down and just take the hit anyway, but it does have its uses-- try it on the first boss."
- On the third boss, you can climb the background wall. Remember that if you have a hard time with the platforms.
- Using a password will start you back with three lives. Go back to the first world and farm some more, if you need to.
He's got more, but careful, major spoilers ahead!
Mechanics tip for Scene 14: If you're riding Pec and you use him again, you'll dismount and he'll retain his red color. Any flight time he has remaining will carry over until the next time you deploy him. Pretty sure you can't get through this bit without figuring this out.
Game-breaking tip for Scene 16:
You can use the cloak to pass through absolutely everything dangerous in this level. I'm sorry.
Minor tip/strategy if the final boss is giving you grief:
In the second stage of the fight, I ran into a problem where I'd pogo off a ball, and he'd perform a leap at the same time I was headed at him. Sometimes I'd clear his head and make the hit, and other times I'd smack into his face and take damage. It was really inconsistent for me. The safe way around it is to only pogo off the first ball he throws; he'll jump after the second one. You'll need to keep your pogo charged all the time to be ready for when he throws that first ball, but, of course, he randomly throws lightning into the mix. As soon as you see him start to telegraph his lightning spell, let go of the B button and hold up-- you'll have barely enough time to land and get your cloak out. Maybe I was going about his second form the wrong way, but this is how I was able to get through it consistently without taking damage.
KaL gives us some tips from the Plok manual:
* Fired limbs come back instantly when they hit a baddie, but float
back slowly when they miss. So try to make every punch hit.
* Plok cannot fire in a somersault jump, but can jump much higher than
an ordinary jump.
* Pushing the Control Pad down at the same time as the Jump button
gives Plok a lower jump.
* Pushing the Control Pad down during a jump brings Plok back to the
ground much faster.
* When Plok has no limbs, he bounces constantly, being very difficult
to control. Avoid this if at all possible.
* Buddy hornets only last for a short time, so don't release them when
there are no enemies around.
* When Plok is short of limbs, a power-up costume will bring them all
back if there is one lying around.
Check out my rad tips for Gex!
Kutan says: "Posting from my phone, so no wall of text. I mostly wanted to share this: let Gex sit on the title screen for a while, and you get violently assaulted by the 90's. It's great."
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