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Re: Games Beaten 2017

Posted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:40 pm
by MrPopo
dsheinem wrote:holy shit, jfe2 uncloaks!

If he put the cloak back on maybe it would smother that fire.

Re: Games Beaten 2017

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:42 am
by Exhuminator
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75. Ghost Sweeper Mikami: The Master Exorcist with the Nice Body | 7/10

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Ghost Sweeper Mikami: Joreishi wa Nice Body (The Master Exorcist with the Nice Body) is a Super Famicom action-adventure-platformer developed by Natsume in 1993. It's based off an anime and manga franchise which I'm not super familiar with. Furthermore this game hasn't received an English fan translation, so the copious cutscenes were unintelligible for this gamer. I got the basic gist though; Reiko is trying to complete a statue by collecting its gems stolen by evil spirits, for profit. Things don't turn out as planned.

The player controls Reiko who can fight off ghosts and monsters with her enchanted baton. Reiko can find special weapons and spells, which helps her along stages as she jumps and fights to the end. Bosses meet the player at the end of stages, you know the drill. Despite having typical gameplay, Natsume did a good job of making this experience above average for a licensed game. Reiko controls well, hit collision is spot on, graphics are simple but clean, and the "ghost" motif is expressed well in enemies and bosses.

As good as it is, I wouldn't quite call Ghost Sweeper Mikami: The Master Exorcist with the Nice Body a "hidden gem". The stages lack overall design variety and constantly whacking enemies gets a bit repetitive, not to mention the bosses are damage sponges. Also this game is over before you know it, due to low difficulty and quick stages. But what's here is good for genre enthusiasts who enjoy SFC imports. There's a constant sense of palpable humor to the experience, making for a delightfully campy aesthetic. Any game that lets you ride a giant cat and fight bunnygirls is doing something right.

Re: Games Beaten 2017

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:38 pm
by jfe2
MrPopo wrote:
dsheinem wrote:holy shit, jfe2 uncloaks!

If he put the cloak back on maybe it would smother that fire.

It's nice to see you two here! I missed this place.

Re: Games Beaten 2017

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:30 pm
by Exhuminator
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76. Monster Party | 5/10

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Released in 1989, over time Monster Party has become a bit of a "cult classic". Many a time have I read that Monster Party is a hidden NES gem. Well, after having finished this game, I do not agree. It's true Monster Party is very unique. This platformer is full of grotesque imagery, fairly adult humor, and things which aren't appropriate for kids necessarily. I have to guess Nintendo didn't get far enough into Monster Party to realize this before stamping their seal of quality. But just because Monster Party has its macabre charm, that doesn't override it's a rather sloggish game to play. Primarily because enemies are damage sponges, and bosses attack too erratically.

Truly Monster Party is a difficult game to beat, and let me tell you I will never beat it again. You go through levels fighting enemies and various mini-bosses trying to find a key to the exit. Simple enough, sure. But level 6 is a maze from hell, and level 7 cruelly cheated me out of the exit key, making me have to reset the entire game. To put it bluntly, Monster Party is far more interested in being cheeky and ghoulish than it is being a fair and fun piece of entertainment. I was honestly disappointed that Monster Party did not live up to the praise I'd heard over the years. Simple things for simple minds I suppose. I did appreciate the double twist ending though.

Re: Games Beaten 2017

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:38 pm
by Sarge
I always thought that Monster Party was considered pretty iffy, but was well-known because it was so weird. I definitely wouldn't consider it a hidden gem, although it is intriguing as an oddity.

Now there's an article we need for the site: "Games That Are Objectively Bad But Interesting Because They're Weird." Also known as "Some Game Developers Do Crack, Apparently!"

Re: Games Beaten 2017

Posted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:24 am
by PartridgeSenpai
Sarge wrote:Now there's an article we need for the site: "Games That Are Objectively Bad But Interesting Because They're Weird." Also known as "Some Game Developers Do Crack, Apparently!"


What about something more along the lines of "Games you like that are objectively bad"? Or would that be too close to the "Unpopular Opinions" thread's stated purpose?

Re: Games Beaten 2017

Posted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:48 am
by Ack
Hey Exhum, you gonna play Monsters in My Pocket soon?

Re: Games Beaten 2017

Posted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:58 am
by Exhuminator
Ack wrote:Hey Exhum, you gonna play Monsters in My Pocket soon?

That would be a good fit. Unfortunately I already beat Monster in My Pocket long ago, and I'm only playing "Halloween-y" games I haven't beat before. Monster in My Pocket is decent though, especially co-op.

Re: Games Beaten 2017

Posted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:41 am
by Ack
Exhuminator wrote:
Ack wrote:Hey Exhum, you gonna play Monsters in My Pocket soon?

That would be a good fit. Unfortunately I already beat Monster in My Pocket long ago, and I'm only playing "Halloween-y" games I haven't beat before. Monster in My Pocket is decent though, especially co-op.


That it is. I was a big fan of it as a kid and used to play through it with one of my brothers. Good times.

Well, since Exhum's beaten it, somebody else should give it a go!

Re: Games Beaten 2017

Posted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:55 am
by Sarge
That's definitely one of the hidden gems of the NES library, lots of fun there.