Rikku: “This Al Bhed girl formed the Gullwings together with her brother. While the spheres they hunt may reveal a frightening past, Rikku does not avert her eyes from the truth, striding forward and bringing hope to Paine and Yuna despite all.”
September 28, 2014: I unlocked a new song from Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo’s Dungeon! I wonder what it is… “Raffaelo Battle”? Well. So much for that plot twist.
Raffaelo started off as a baby, but he grows at an unnatural rate as Chocobo explores more of the dungeons of Lostime. The more Raffaelo grows, the less normal he feels, and admits to having dark thoughts sometimes.
NARC: A side-scrolling shooter designed by Eugene Jarvis, NARC utilized violent action, seedy themes and digitized graphics way back in 1988. You control Max Force or Hit Man through several stages of trashy fun as you bust drug lords with dozens upon dozens of minions. You can shoot or bust perps. Some of the enemies are downright surreal, especially the final boss, who… is a giant head that shoots tongues at you? One of my favorite games in the collection.
NARC is one of Midway’s old properties that they tried to reboot in the mid-2000s. The reboot was released at a budget price point and received mixed reviews.
Satan’s Hollow: A weird and vaguely primitive shooter that feels like Galaga, only less cool. Your shots feel slower and fewer. It’s kind of cool how the sky darkens as you play. At one point, it becomes an infernal red. Mwahahahahaha!
Sinistar: This game kind of freaks me out with the titular villain’s digitized speech. You can hear him coming before you actually encounter him. His roar is particularly disturbing. Sinistar himself is my favorite thing about the game. Favorite piece of trivia: You can die twice while in Sinistar’s grip. A warrior ship’s shot can kill you first, then Sinistar’s bite kills you twice. If the warrior’s shot kills you when you have only one life left, your number of lives officially becomes negative one. As explained by creator R.J. Mical, negative one is a much larger number in computer language, resulting in the game registering it as 255 lives instead. Mical learned this when a kid in an arcade showed him.