-Dragon Quest IX
-Zak and Wiki
Am 28 years old, live in Northampton, England, work as a internet administrator. Like horror films, rock music, zombie books etc etc.
My gamertag is Happyhead UK, I really really want to play online games with friendly people,as I hate playing with strangers, I really feel like I'm missing out on online games due to this fact so am envious of all the people with thier fancy 'friend lists'!
Anyway my first console was a BBC Acorn Electron, I loved it, had hundreds of games for it. My fave games were the Repton ones, as well as Crazy Rider, and a game set in a underground base that I can't recall the title of. All good things come to an end though. One day the cassette box thing broke, rather then get a new one my parents chucked the whole thing away, and sold all the games to some dodgy bloke at a car boot sale for £5.
That was the end of my console owning days I assumed. My friends all had Master Systems, so we would spend hours playing Alex Kidd and Sonic, I thought the graphics and sound were unbelivable.
One birthday I find a big present, I open it to find surrounded by a legion of angels a Megadrive, a pure virgin Megadrive, with Altered Beast and Sonic. Before that day I had not even realised such a beast of power existed.
I become the cool kid in the neighbourhood with everyone wanting to play it. A year later a bitter war erupted, a enemy appeared on the horizon - the Super NES...
It was a bitter and bloody battle over the next few years. Some of my friends got Megadrives, while other friends were torn asunder and got Super NES's, a civil war of apocalyptic proportions. Fighting in the streets, gangs armed with Game Gears and Gameboys beating each other into bloody chunks, a literal Hell on Earth.
Looking back I think this is were my dislike of Nintendo appeared. Don't get me wrong, nowadays I love Nintendo games, I own a GBA, DS, Gamecube and Wii, but at the root of my being I will always love Sega more. To this day I dislike Mario. I think the games are amazing, but he himself I detest. I refuse to believe there is such a thing as a bad Sonic game, I just turn a blind eye to the bad ones...anyway I digress.
After that I brought a NES, sold it, though liked it, brought a Super NES (my fave game of all time is the Super NES version of Batman Returns), sold it to get a Playstation, sold that when I got a Playstation 2, brought an almighty Dreamcast (RIP), and got a N64 for Goldeneye. Swallowed my pride and brought a Xbox. The rest is history.
Now I own a Dreamcast, Wii, Xbox, 360, Playstation 2, Master System, Megadrive (my pride, over 200 games), GBA, DS, NES, Super NES, and a Gamecube (which I have misplaced somewhere).
I didn't even know this game had been released on Wii Ware I long ago gave up checking Wii Ware releases as they were so abysmal. As soon as I saw it was a point and click I immediatly downloaded it (I say immediatly but it took me over an hour to download it on my super slow connection).
I have never seen or even heard of the flash cartoon (?) the game is based on, as a result a lot of the jokes feel like they were passing over my head a bit, I'm sure they would mean something to people who have heard of Strongbad before. Despite this the game still made me laugh out loud in places (for example, the training montage).
The characters were all weird, but entertaining enough, and everything was nice and colourful. The locations were quite bland, especially the outside locations which were really sparse. The music was terrible mostly, entirely forgettable, not even doing its job as background noise.
My main complaint with this game would be the length and ease of it. I know episodic games wont be as long as normal full games, but I breezed through this in just over 2 hours, not getting stuck even once. I grew up on a diet of PC point and clicks, so after spending hours working out I had to hypnotise a monkey so that you could use it to turn off a waterfall in my youth, puzzles such as using a plunger as a makeshift platform presented no challenge whatsoever to me. I just don't think the game was worth Â£7 (1000 Wii points).
I really enjoyed the game while it lasted, it has replay value with collecting all the awards, and the side games, but I just am hesitant about getting episode 2, especially if it's so damn easy and short as this was.