Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Forgotten 80s Videogames Of The Day

More nerdy goodness from TheFW. For all the hours I spent in game arcades in the early 80s, I don't remember any of these. I thought they might include titles like Q-Bert or Food Fight or that cops & robbers game whose name escapes me because it was a total Pac-Man ripoff.


Unbeknownst to most gamers, there was a third entry in the original Donkey Kong arcade saga. The reason that you may not remember it is due to some dubious decision making by Nintendo. Instead of once again featuring Mario, the company decided that this third installment should star an exterminator named Stanley. Bad move. The game had Stanley attempting to protect his greenhouse by spraying insecticides at the huge ape and various pests that had impeded on his flowery den of solitude. Unfortunately, the resulting game was about as fun as a bed bug infestation.


In 1982, Williams Electronics (the company that helped bring such classics as Space Invaders to America) decided to create a game based on the endless thrills that come from cleaning a dirty sink. (Your guess is as good as ours.) Showcasing the cleaning-obsessed exploits of an easily amused soap bubble, it brought the monotony of housework to arcades everywhere. Fortunately, this one never became a sensation and we were all spared follow-ups inspired by daily irritants like jury duty and tooth extraction.


In the wake of the Morrisey-alienating success that was Burgertime, Data East decided to create another adventure for its cook character, Peter Pepper. And so Peter Pepper’s Ice Cream Factory was born. More of a remake of Burgertime than a sequel, it replaces wads of meat with frozen confections. It actually is way more enjoyable than its predecessor thanks to some lively colors and smooth gameplay mechanics. (Not to mention the absence of evil hot dogs).


Manufactured by Stern Electronics, the addictive 8-bit classic follows a mother pig as she attempts to rescue her piglets (the titular Pooyan) from wolves who doubtlessly want bacon for lunch by shooting arrows at them. Yes, it is as awesome as it sounds. So why aren’t more people familiar with this underrated gem? That probably can be chalked up to the fact that the title sounds incredibly obscene.


The Rock-Ola Manufacturing Company is one of the oldest and most well-respected makers of jukeboxes throughout the world. Realizing that their devices were in danger of being made obsolete by the distractions that arcades had to offer, Rock-Ola decided to dip their toes into the waters of the video game industry. The result was the ‘Pac-Man’-esque ‘Nibbler.’ The fact that their is no Buckner and Garcia song called ‘Nibber Fever’ pretty much tells you all you need to know about how this one fared. 

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  1. I remember Pooyan and Nibbler. I saw DK 3 but never played.



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