A bit of unreasonable thinking, while still on the lines of "moving into the realm of purely Japanese games"...
The games are picked at random off of a list of about 200. I'd say about 20% were only released in Japan. That's because the list leans heavily toward obscure and challenging games that most people wouldn't ordinarily bother playing. We tried not to put anything on that list that doesn't have a fan translation. Recently, the Randomizer selected a game that has no patch. We took it off the list and re-rolled.
Okay, since I'm familiar with Dr. Chaos, here are some tips for new players:
- The main objective of the game is to explore the house, find warp zones, collect all the pieces of the ultimate weapon and defeat every boss.
- When in first-person mode, you can change your active command by holding down the B button and pressing up/down on the d-pad.
- OPEN everything in rooms. This is how you obtain ammo and health pickups! Many of the empty square things on the walls also drop grenades when you HIT them.
- Sometimes monsters will appear in first-person mode. When this happens, you are kicked out of the room and forced to fight. These guys can do a lot of damage if you let them, so when exploring in first-person mode try to keep your gun equipped so you are ready to fight any monsters that appear.
- Warp zones can be found in any open portal aside from an actual door when in the first-person room mode. Try using the GO command on all open windows, cupboards, and closets to find the first warp zone.
- First-person rooms can contain secret pasasges, and finding these is mandatory to finishing the game. HIT walls on the North, West, and East sides of the room to find them. Be aware that secret passages can be found on any part of a wall, and the hitbox for finding them isn't terribly large, so be thorough!
- Navigating the house is vitally important, but fortunately also very easy! When in first-person mode, moving WEST is equivalent to moving left in sidecrolling mode, EAST moves you to the right, and NORTH moves you either up or down a floor. So, if you see an area you can't reach to your left in sidecrolling mode, enter the room closest to that area and start HIT-ing the WEST wall to check for a hidden passage!
The house has an attic and a basement, and the ladders that take you to those areas are always hidden on the NORTH walls of the first/second floors!
- Before tackling the first warp zone, walk around the house a bit, get used to the layout, and collect ammo. Mice, bats, and other animals can be defeated easily with the knife, but you should always use a gun against monsters. When you defeat the boss of a warp zone, you have to walk back out manually, so always make sure you have enough supplies to defeat the boss and then defeat the normal monsters again on your way out!
(it is in one of the rooms near the start of the game!), your prize (in addition to a weapon part) is a warp zone detector. This device will appear near the top of your screen in first-person mode and will flash whenever you are facing a wall that has a warp zone hidden somewhere.
- With the warp zone detector in hand, the game opens up. There are a few warp zones that require special items to beat, so the goal is now to clear out any warp zones you can, using the items you gain to beat more difficult warp zones.
- Ammo and health pickups are always in the same place, and regenerate every time you beat a warp zone. If you're low on ammo or health after beating a warp zone, just walk through the rooms of the house again and OPEN everything to resupply.
One thing that can help a lot is to collect as much SMG ammo as possible in the early game. Scour the house for as much as possible, because the level containing the jump boots is pretty brutal (easily the most difficult stage in the game) and the SMG is extremely useful against the boss. If you don't take care to scavenge up enough beforehand you may not have much ammo at all by the time you reach that stage!
I played it for about fifteen minutes, thought about my vote, and screamed "Oh no, what have I done?!?!"
So far it's kind of like Goonies 2 but shit. The one thing that pisses me off is how enemies can juggle you/continuously damage you. This is especially apparent when you're chased out of a room by a random enemy, since your movement speed is decreased to a crawl and you can't get yourself out of the way without taking damage.
So... I pissed away all my ammo because I thought I would get more. Should I resart? I am hopeless at this game.
Edit- Forgot to say this, but I actually like this game. It's kind of like this game I played back in third grade for school called Easy Street. It was meant to teach kids about money and spending it on things you need instead of crap you don't need. You would go in side scrolling segments (except without monsters attacking you) and went into shops to buy things on your shopping list. When in a store, it switched to first person view. In first person view, there was always a looming chance of a gorilla bursting through the door. If the gorilla came in, the store owner would say in a creepy voice "No pets allowed!" and kill you. Then the game would crash. Dr. Chaos kind of reminds me of this. I don't find it scary now, but I would have found it terrifying when I was in third grade.