Toadette Strikes: Toad Strikes Back 2 – A Mere Example of the High Quality, Free Video Game Market, PC Eldritch God Race

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What I like, is when free to play video games are of such high quality, that they make others, pay to game titles, look like complete garbage soup. There are lots of good, free games out there! “Toadette Strikes Back” is a title made by the same person who made “Psycho Waluigi” – Another very good, free to play game, that I covered in the past!

Nintendo’s cutie Toadette, gets her own fan- made game and it’s quite the feast for fans of the platforming genre! The author, Thunder Dragon, really knows how to bring us a quality product that managed to capture the style of magic of NIntendo, if not, with even more flavor to the recipe.

This is a pretty pretty game! The graphics are really nice and the controls are well done. Where it stands as your typical run and jump game, there is a lot more on the table, what with many gimmicks from classic Mario games enhancing the experience even further. You got the hammer weapon, the fire flower, the Yoshi, the Homing Pigeon, the Armageddon! Over 100 classic weapons, some of which are not even in the game!

The level design is really good! In addition, there are collectable medals in each level, that will provoke your exploration desires for sure! Levels are not too long or short, but just of the right length. This makes exploring and overall progress fly by,which keeps the player interested. Save feature is also available if you need to throw out the trash or lie down for a bit and rethink your recent life choices.

Toadette Strikes DONE!

Regarding difficulty, this game is pretty generous. For veterans, “Hard” is more or less of essence for a good time. As for the whole difficulty progress scaling, it’s done well enough! You are bound to have some trouble towards the end, but nothing too special to talk about over the phone with your mother. The bosses are pretty neat and challenging! Aiming for full completion of the game is kind of a must, if one wishes to experience all the great extra levels and the secret boss fight at the end! Level variety is pretty good! Just like in “Psycho Waluigi”, each one always adds something new and interesting to the gameplay experience!

If you are a fan of “Super Mario Bros 2 Doki Doki Popcorn Aquila”, this game is like a reimagination – sequel. Some levels from SMB2 do make an appearance, with some tweaks and changes here and there. There’s more to this, but I’ll leave it there! The music is great and the plot is pretty fancy and charming, the comfy edition.

It may seem that I do not say much about this game. Truth to be told, this title is pretty straightforward and there isn’t anything to complain about, really. I did find some glitches though…

… in the glitch level. THANK YOU! You were a great audience tonight! 9.8 out of 10 Toadette!!!

Psycho Waluigi – The 300th and life beyond! [Part 1] /event/

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Starting off the summer season with a bang, as the 300th entry for the LR19 vault has being finally reached! What makes me even more happy is the fact that I dedicated it to a really awesome game – “Psycho Waluigi!” It’s a fan-made game that features that waaaaaaaaan Nintendo character who’s like Luigi, but with purple clothes, evil grin and a hella’ radical chin. Yes, indeed! The one with the trumpet! Anyways, this game is free, it’s on the glorious PC and surprisingly, it pleases beyond any average expectations.

An accident involving hot air balloon and birds sets the plot of the game into motion, as Waluigi finds himself upon an unfamiliar land called Unconcia. One thing leads to another and he ally himself with a being known as Psycho Iris, who grants him of course psychic powers and gives the idea of using them to conquer the kingdom. Riches and huge amount of gum is promised, so in a bit, you find yourself being sent already into action. On one point, the game plays like your typical [MARIO] game, where you move around, jump on enemies, collect coins… classic routine! However, shortly after you start, the actual gimmick hits in and changes your whole perspective for the future that lies ahead! I’m talking about PSYCHIC POWERS baby! You get a floating eye aura that can pick objects and enemies and toss them around or steal their powers. [If they have any!] At this point, your are more than likely to find yourself having a bit of trouble with the controls, given that you have to move both Waluigi and the aura. Practice makes perfect and this game has quite the positive attitude towards that, given its generous nature towards the player. Decent-size health bar, fairly constant HP pick-ups and the discarded life system! Still, despite all that, the game is quite challenging and has a pretty great scaling difficulty curve.

Psycho Waluigi DONE!

The game even has a shop where you can purchase power-ups to help you with what potential platforming difficulties you might be experiencing. You could essentially go over the whole game roughly, but hey! – How ’bout them crowns? You want the crowns! GET THE HIGH SCORE, MAKE LOTS OF MONEY, YEAH! Obtaining the crowns is the core challenge to this game, I would say. AND the rewards for doing so are pretty sweet. MORE LEVELS! PLAY AS CUTE GIRL GENERAL HAZEL! USE YOUR ACTUAL CURSOR AS IN-GAME OBJECT! [Neat little reward!] This game has lots of original content and variety in terms of characters, enemies and stages. Each new level that you play represents a different kingdom that you have to conquer, with its own additional gimmick, theme and whatnot. Talk about replay value, I’ve mentioned the crowns! Getting a good score on a level usually requires you to explore a bit more or be fast enough at a certain section. OR avoid getting hit and keep your power-ups intact! Time limit is fair and it also rewards you with additional score for a potential crown earning. Though to be fair, I’ve never seen it as a critical factor, so I guess you are more than free to take your time.

Graphics are really well done. This is a game where I’ve enjoyed looking at everything with a smile, which is not something that usually happens when I play other games. In terms of music, I don’t really have any comment. The soundtrack for the whole game is alright and I recognize few tracks being from other games, but hey! As long as my ears are not bleeding, I have no complains. No, really! The soundtrack is quite fine!

THIS GAME REMINDS ME OF “WARIO LAND 4” FOR SOME REASON AND I REALLY LIKE THAT ONE TOO!

My honest overall score for “Psycho Soldier Waluigi” is 9.6 out of 10. What a good video game!!!

The New Adventures of Zak McKracken – Long ago, there was a leather jacket…

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…and I never really knew about the existence of adventure games until the start of the new millennium.I never grew up with classic Sierra games or the early “Monkey Island” games or whatever crap there was back in the 90s.The first adventure game that I was introduced to via a PC- Games magazine was “Escape From Monkey Island”. The magazine even had a demo disk of the game.Long story short, I was pretty impressed by the graphics and the gameplay felt quite unique, which was a pretty normal reaction coming from a person who grew up mainly with NES action platformers.I guess the china men of many bootleg titles never saw any potential with importing NES adventure games , given the fact that they would not really appeal to kids, since they would require a proper translation, which is a big no-no in the world of making easy money by using no amount of actual work.

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A few years later I got another PC- Games magazine that had an article about other adventure games, like “King’s Quest” and “Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders”. Sadly, none of those titles were on the disk that came with the magazine, but instead, there was another, full game, made by fans: “The New Adventures of Zak McKracken”. Back then I didn’t knew the game was made by fans, so I assumed it was an official work and an actual sequel to the original game.Also, the game was entirely in German, so I couldn’t progress at all.Imagine a 10 years old kid trying to solve a new type of video game in a language he didn’t understand at all! That was me, and my brother was of no help whatsoever too! Our biggest goal was to just leave the apartment and see what’s outside.I don’t know how, but we never managed to accomplish that!

So even more years later, I got the game yet again, but this time there was an English translation.I even had experience with other adventure games by that time.Here’s my opinion about this game as a whole in one sentence: “Hiding key items in tiny places within’ a huge background is not fun!” As for the rest of the puzzles, they felt overall average. Everything else is quite fine in terms of graphics and music, and I like the various references to things from the ages past.[ I used to spent a lot of time with Zak’s tv that had Star Wars music and shit-quality slideshow of episode IV.] I got to play the first game later after, but I never had the time to play through it, cuz of school projects and whatnot.I would say tho, Zak McKracken’s universe is pretty great.The fangame itself might not be as good as the original or other fan titles, but if anything, it has quite the place in my own history with adventure games.

No score was given.