Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Forgotten Games Heroes 1 ~ CJ the Elephant

For a while now on Twitter, I've been putting up posts with the hashtag #ForgottenGamesHeroes lamenting the fates of video game heroes of yester-year who have been ignored by their makers and carers ever since...all of those I've mentioned could do with a sequel or reboot, or at the very least a cameo in some other title!

Anyway, I'm busy getting posts ready for Halloween (trying to be prepared this year...we'll see how that goes!)...but I thought I'd do a quick post featuring one of the characters I've mentioned on Twitter, for those who might have missed the posts, and with a bit of extra info about the games! 

If you can think of any other characters who should still be in the limelight, you can let me know by tagging them with #ForgottenGamesHeroes on Twitter, or by leaving a comment below..

CJ  (From CJ's Elephant Antics, CJ in the USA)

After successfully escaping capture and making his way through many platforming antics in various countries and back home to Africa, and then rescuing all of his buddies from the evil Hunter in the USA, CJ blasted off into space on a space shuttle...

Unfortunately, as I had a Spectrum, that was it for me...I never found out what CJ's adventures in Space were like, and if he ever made it back home!? But, if you had a C64, you could sort-of find out what happened next, if you were lucky enough to pick up one of CP Verlag's disk magazines!

Sort of...because CJ's next game appeared on one of those disks in a somewhat unfinished form, and renamed Jimbo! As you can see from the gameplay above, it's more of the same platforming fun that was in the previous games. The game doesn't have an intro or an ending though, and just loops back to the start...meaning we still don't know what eventually happened to poor old CJ, or even how he ended up where he was!

You might also have noticed that the above video has the heading CJ's Elephant Antics 4...This is because there was actually a third game released on the Game Gear titled CJ Elephant Fugitive, which I only discovered while looking up Jimbo!

Again this looks like more of the same, taking elements from the previous two games and merging them in a sort of Best Of....but it also seems more like another version of the first game rather than a proper sequel!

 So we're still left in the dark as to what happened to our favourite liccle heff-a-lump! And therefore he retains his status as a Forgotten Games Hero and requires a revist by Codemasters so they can finally finish his journey into Space and back down to Earth properly!

Friday, 22 May 2015

Madballs in... "Mad Love"

Here's some more scans from stuff I've found lying hidden away in boxes! This lot comes from the short lived Marvel / Star Comics comic Madballs, based on the gross 'n' groovy '80s toys! The comic started as a 3 issue mini-series in the States in 1986, then in 1987 it ran from issue 4 to 10 as a bi-monthly, before unfortunately being cancelled. It was also published by Marvel UK in 1987, which is how I got my now cover-less issue, and due to the lack of a cover, I have no idea which issue this is actually from!

Anyway, here's the which Dr. Frankenbeans (creator of the least in this Marvel comic universe..) decides to create one last Madball, a female called Madbelle, who he hopes will cause the destruction of the annoying original batch o' balls! 

After the story were these two pages, where you could have your own go at creating
Madbelle using cardboard, glue and scissors! I never did of course, as that would have meant sacrificing the start of the next story, which I'm not posting as it's unfortunately incomplete now anyway, due to the missing cover.....

As a little parting bonus, here's a pic of the Madballs introducing themselves just after being created, which I discovered online. Note Bash Brain is still called Crack Head, his name before Amtoy decided to change it due to connotations with certain slang-terms for drug users! In a future post, I might chuck some pics up of my own Madball collection, as I still have some of the original toys lying around somewhere...

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

The Legend Of Zelda ~ A Comic Book Adventure!

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Hello! Been a while again, hasn't it! I've been kind of busy trying to run a business, but that's been put on the back burner for now, and whilst hunting through some old boxes of stuff I discovered this little piece of forgotten nonsense! So I thought I'd scan it in and stick it on here, as it's about time I got back to the blog!

It's a choose-your-own-adventure style interactive comic, where instead of reading straight through, you skip forwards and backwards to individual panels depending on the choices you make! It must have come free with some Nintendo magazine (maybe NMS?) or other back in the day, round about the time of the release of Link's Awakening on Gameboy...I can't find any other info online about it though!?

Anyway, here it is for your enjoyment! Click on the pics to make them bigger, and if you've somehow never read a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book, I'll remind you again that the panels aren't all in order! If you can help with where and when this came from, please do leave a comment below!

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I've found a few other bits 'n' bobs of old promo material and things that I'll probably stick up at a later date, so keep an eye out for those! And of course I'll definitely be back with even more Gruesome Games, Cinema Of Stuff, etc. in time for Halloween, so yeah...see you then! 

Sunday, 14 December 2014

# Making Creepmas Day 13 - Santa

Here's my final drawing for the #MakingCreepmas challenge then! Had a lot of fun doodling these pics....I might go back and do some of the ones I missed later in the month! :)

Merry Creepmas to all the other bloggers who have been taking part this year...and if you're not one of the other Creepers, click on the Creepmas badge at the side of the blog to get taken to the Creepmas hub, where you can find links to all the other freaky deaky blogs that have been covering the 13 days of Creepmas!  

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Gruesome Games Creepmas Special - GREMLINS! (Pt 1)

I promised you something good yesterday and so hopefully this post will fill you with plenty of Creepmas fear, as I take a look at various videogame versions of Chris Colombus & Joe Dante's Gremlins movie in this Gruesome Games Special. There's a fair few games based on the crazy classic, so this will be split into two parts, with the second part appearing sometime this week...Might as well extend Creepmas even more towards Christmas like I did last time! ;)

1 :Gremlins ~The Adventure (ZX Spectrum) :

First up, we have Brian Howarth's Gremlins The Adventure, a properly licenced text-adventure which manages to stay very close to the source material! Starting in Billy's bedroom, the game has you immediately facing off against one gremlin who is throwing darts at your face! You'll have to quickly work out how to escape, or you'll be seeing the "Game Over" screen almost immediately! 

Not to worry though, as once you're downstairs the game eases off a little, and gives you time to get used to the rather annoying problem of guessing which words the game will understand..I suppose this is a problem with a lot of text adventures, but having to type "Go Door" instead of just moving "North" through it is the bit that annoyed me the most!

But you'll eventually get used to it, and learn that with a PELTZER remote control and several PUSH BUTTON commands you'll be able to enjoy the great animations as you blend, microwave, behead and otherwise dispose of the ever-growing gremlin horde and stop them from taking over your town! The graphics really are the best thing about this title, and as you can see from the gifs posted here, do a fantastic job of creating just the right fun mood for a Gremlins game! 

So yeah, ignore the fact the game won't understand you half the time and you should have a great time exploring Kingston Falls and saving Christmas! 

2 - Gremlins (ZX Spectrum) :

The Adventure wasn't the only Gremlins game on the ZX Spectrum though...hidden away on cassette 2, side 2 of 60 Spectrum Games from Magnum Computing was this effort by a Stephen Nichols...Clearly unlicenced, it sees you taking control of Gizmo the Mogwai in his little car! You have to try and speed to the bottom of the screen and pull a cord to open the shop blinds so that light will stream in and melt the nasty Gremlins before they can jump in the fountain, and start multiplying!

For some reason, killer chainsaws are running rampant in little groups, and in another shameless rip-off (Frogger) you'll have to avoid these saws to get to the cord. That's it really...not a game that will see you play for more than a couple of minutes, but it's not without some fun. It's really not good enough to recommend you trying though.......

3. Gremlins (Atari 2600) :

Another game that borrows heavily from arcade influences is the Atari 2600 game, which in the first stage has you collecting Mogwai as they drop from the rafters and try to snaffle your hamburgers, clearly ripping off Kaboom! Should the little furry freaks reach the hamburgers, they'll turn into pods ready to transform into Gremlins. Miss all the Mogwai and it's Game Over....

The second screen has you shooting the Gremlins that have now hatched from their slimy pods, as they advance down the screen towards you, like Gremliny-Space-Invaders! Blast them before they reach the bottom, or once again the game will end. 

Back in the day I don't suppose you would be too unhappy if you got this in your Christmas Stocking, but now it's only really worth playing for a few minutes if you happen to have them spare. At least the graphics are decent enough to let you know you are indeed playing another Gremlins game!

Anyway, that's enough for now, or I'll miss my deadline again! Don't worry if you are slightly underwhelmed by this lot...there are far better Gremlin Games to come in the second part, which should be appearing here long as some Gremlins don't get into the computer  or anything....wait....what's that music I can hear? Sounds like Johnny Mathis....*gulp*...

Friday, 12 December 2014

# Making Creepmas Day 12 - Krampus

I'm in a "can't be bothered" type mood today, and just seem to find myself staring at the PC not doing anything, so I'll just post this quick sketch I did for today's challenge, and promise to post something awesomely creepmassy tomorrow for the last day of Creepmas!