A very late RA Invasion post. I’ve been having issues with my internet connection since Friday, last week. I received pretty sloppy support regarding the issue from my internet provider, wherein even up to now I’m having brief moments where the connection times out and whatnot. This problem happened before many times, so I am not stranger to it. If anything, I am glad that of recent years, the issues has occurred less and less, with the internet connection getting better and more stable overall. A moments like the current one that I am dealing with can be a real pain in the ass though.
Tama and Friends Sanchoume Kouen: Tamalympics [Game Gear]
This is a game that I failed to do during the “Attack! A month to the 500th entry!” A compilation of four mini- games, which pack a fairly decent challenge. I really can’t say much about the original source material this game was based on. It’s some Japanese animation series featuring cats, I don’t know. I bet it’s pretty good, despite the fact that it looks to me like your typical generic show featuring cute animals.
This game has practice mode included and the option for showing explanations of how each mini- game works and controls. There is a mini- game where you kick sand into a bucket, while dealing with moles who will try to stun you, alongside one of them moving the bucket around. Probably the easiest mini- game of the four, where it’s mostly about focusing on filling the bucket and not so much on retaliating against the moles as a whole.
Then, there is the game where you have to jump on tires, logs and over gaps. It can be pretty tough, up until you learn the pattern, but even then, one can get confused easily regarding a proper control input. This game combines the usage of holding a direction plus the jump button, all and all while there are also jumps that happen in the background, which require only a single usage of the other available action button. There are two red balloons which you can grab. The first one will help you skip on a fairly easy section at the start and the second one is a trap that leads you to your total DEMISE! Oh, the classic values of retro games supposedly aimed for younger audiences…
The slide climbing mini- game can be pretty awful, until you figure out the proper timing on tapping the action button in order to ascend up. Thanks to RA, I was spoiled on a secret shortcut which makes this mini- game… still quite the challenge. Not a very reliable shortcut, even after you find it, but it’s really, really rewarding. If you manage to get it two times in a row, the slide climbing becomes the easiest challenge of the four pretty much. Again, it’s a pretty finicky task…
Last, we have swing hell, Hokkaido Malibu. You press left and right while on the swing to build up momentum and then you jump of it using one of the two action buttons when you think the time is right. The thing is though, during my playthrough, I never learned when the time is right and when it is not. I think you are supposed to avoid jumping from the swing when the dog shows up and wait for an air current to boost you up. Even then, regardless that I have taken this into consideration, most of my jumps would shoot up a random distance. Is the requirements for a good jump a bit picky? I’m still not sure. For the most part, it was more of praying to the video game gods for the perfect jump, rather than timing things out perfectly. Then, there is the yellow balloon in this level, which sends you all the way to the end of the track. I got it twice during my run, with a sweet time of three hours in between each successful attempt.
The thing about this game is that you don’t really have to try all the much in order to rack up a good amount of points. First place is easily reachable with a decent effort put into each mini game. HOWEVER, if you want to see the credits roll, you have to get over 400 points! This is where things like getting the yellow balloon on the swing become pretty much “A must”. Even then, accomplishing that hellish task might be for nothing, if you screw up one of the other three games. During my RA run, I even came close to 399 points and that was… It was a very awful feeling to have.
How do I know about the credits thing? I always do a check up on games once I finish them, in order to make sure I’ve gotten everything they have to offer. Sometimes there are obscure things like this one that a person can easily miss on. Thank God for the internet!