Monday, March 24, 2008

Day 22: Fuzzical Fighter

With a name like Fuzzical Fighter, it has to be good. Anything could happen once you press the start button. It could be a platform game, some king of action/puzzle game, maybe even an early fighter.

Fuzzicle Fighter is an RPG/shooter. Really. If you thought Final Fantasy would have been the perfect game if only there'd been a few more spaceships, then this is the game for you.

The RPG elements are pretty basic. Each level begins with a king describing the blight that has stricken his kingdom. Then it's into town to heal and buy items and upgrades for your cute fighter. Each town has the same three vendors, but new items become available as you progress through the game.

Then it's off to shoot the aliens plaguing the planet Funny. I'm going to assume something got lost in the translation there. Anyway, this is the main part of the game, and it's good. It doesn't quite match up to Fantasy Zone, to which it bears more than a passing resemblance with its large, colorful sprites and whimsical settings, but it's still a lot of fun.

I really can't say anything bad about this game, which, let's face it, is a rarity for me. It's a shame Fuzzical Fighter never made it to America where it might have built a nice little cult following for itself and been remade into an obscure PS2 title.

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