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30 Hidden Gems #3: Out of Gas


Welcome to my blog series! This is 30 Years, 30 Days, 30 Hidden Gems. In honor of my 30th birthday, I'm posting about a different lesser-known video game every day in November. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy it. If you want to start at the beginning, check it out here.

Out of Gas
Release Date: 1992
System: Gameboy

I first played this game on an emulator website that was long been shut down. I saw the name on the directory and thought, “What the heck could a game with that title be about?” Well, I’ll tell you. It’s about a guy who ran out of gas in his spaceship, and now he has to get more by driving his little land speeder thingy around and shooting giant G’s.
The premise is pretty absurd, but the gameplay is simple and fun. The control your ship Aseroids style, spinning around in 360 degrees and using the A button to go forward. To pass a level, you have to shoot a certain number of giant “G” tokens sitting around the area. You only have a certain amount of time to do this, which can make pretty frantic in tighter spaces that make your ship bounce around like a pinball. As you go on, the game introduces some mild puzzle solving elements, such as requiring you to shoot the tokens in a certain order.
There isn’t much to it overall. It’s a humble game with a simple premise that still manages to be fun and fast paced. In a world of Mario and Zelda and Pokemon, it’s easy to see why it was so overlooked on the Gameboy. Even still, it’s fun enough to be worth trying out at some point.
The music is pretty cool, too.
Thanks for reading! My plan is to make this a series, one entry every day this month. I hope you'll stop by tomorrow for the next entry.
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About Adam Pone of us since 10:34 PM on 04.28.2013

My name is Adam. I've been gaming as far back as I can remember, ever since the NES my parents owned when I was a wee lad. Writing has been a passion of mine for almost as long, and I've made quite a hobby out of combining the two pastimes.

I have a very wide taste in gaming. I'll give just about anything a shot, regardless of age, genre, or hardware. I like to think of gaming as an entertainment medium in the same vein as literature and film rather than a simple toy.

When I'm not writing or playing, you might find me in church, in the woods (probably on a four wheeler and/or carrying a gun), or in my room playing my guitar.