Game Hunt (08/08/10): Stretch Panic, Sacrifice, Sonic, Supercharger, & More S’s
By Eric Kennedy Sunday, 8 Aug 2010

It’s been another long layoff between articles, but then again, my game hunting has slowed somewhat lately. Since I don’t have as many eye-popping finds to brag about, this installment will focus more on the quirky, unique, and downright weird things I’ve uncovered in the last few months. Get ready for the off-the-wall and the unexpected!

Find: King’s Quest Companion Third Edition (DOS)

Price / Condition: $3 / Some bowing on the front cover, but otherwise good.

Where at: Value Village

Why: This isn’t really a strategy guide so much as it is a labor of love written by somebody intimately familiar with the King’s Quest series. What you get here is a walkthrough for the first six games in the series, written in the form of a novel. The book is almost 500 pages, so it’s definitely

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thorough, as it also includes quick hint sections and full maps. This body of work comes from a time when the industry was still innocent, and people wrote guides not because they wanted to cash in on the newest hit game, but because they had a passion for it. This is the ultimate gamer’s coffee table (or bathroom) material, and for that reason, I couldn’t pass it up.

Deal or Not a Deal? Three bucks is a low price for something this comprehensive, and it can go for around $10 on eBay. A good deal.

Find: Wolf 3-D Mania!!! (DOS)

Price / Condition: $2 / Very good.

Where at: St Vincent De Paul Thrift Store

Why: Here’s another find that harkens back to the early days of DOS gaming- an unofficial map pack for Wolfenstein 3-D! Sure, this product smacks a little bit of “cash grab”, as I’m sure the publisher was trying to take advantage of the FPS craze of the early nineties. Still, you have to give them credit for including a level in which we get to mow down Barney the Dinosaur with a machine gun. It’s cheap thrill, but a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

Deal or Not a Deal? Kind of tough to put a price on something unofficial like this; a dollar probably would have been a better price, as it may turn out to be a collection of half-baked ideas that really aren’t much fun to play.

Find: Sega Program Pad 6 (GEN)

Price / Condition: $3 / Pretty dirty, with some weird gunk on it, but all of the buttons work.

Where at: Goodwill

Why: You might remember the SNES version of this controller from an earlier article, and I’m disappointed to say the L-button on that one turned out to be faulty. Thus, I grabbed the Genesis vesrion, so that I could find out if the programmable moves gimmick is all it was cracked up to be. After putting it through its paces with Street Fighter 2: Special Champion Edition, the verdict is… not that well, actually. It’s nice that they’ve already programmed most of the SF2 moves into this for you, but there are a few logistical problems that get in the way of making this a reliable controller. For one thing, you pretty much always have to be in a neutral position before you hit a programmed button, because any other controller inputs will usually muddy the waters and prevent the special move from going off. What’s worse (and I really should have thought of this before), the programmed moves are only going to work if you’re on a certain side of the screen. If you switch sides, you’re out of luck. I used to think this was the coolest idea for a controller ever, but now I know the reality of it: this thing is just too cumbersome to be really useful.

Deal or Not a Deal? Not very good, and not a deal. Leave this one behind, my friends.

Find: Head Rush (WIN)

Price / Condition: $1.50 / Brand new!

Where at: Goodwill

Why: I like to think of myself as the world’s biggest You Don’t Know Jack fan. I have all eight games for the PC, and both Playstation versions. It should come as no surprise, then, that I decided to buy this game as soon as I saw the logo in the corner proclaiming it to be “from the makers of You Don’t Know Jack”. A little disappointment was in store, however, as this is essentially a “tween” version of the smarmy quiz show. The jokes aren’t as funny, the questions are much easier, and I think they even used a cheap imitator in place of the original host. It’s not the worst game in the series (that honor belongs to YDKJ: Mock Two), but it doesn’t deliver the same hilarious good time that I’ve come to expect.

Deal or Not a Deal? Even though it was a letdown, it was still worth it to experience the excitement of opening a new game, and playing it for the first time with friends. Outside of rabid You Don’t Know Jack fans, however, it’s a waste of money.

Find: Sonic the Hedgehog Piggy Bank

Price / Condition: $1 / Good.

Where at: Goodwill

Why: I’m not sure this piggy bank is an official Sega product, given that the workmanship is a little on the rough side, but it still has that “how cute is that” appeal. Coins go in between Sonic’s head spikes, and come out via a plug on the bottom. My only complaint is that I don’t think this little hedgehog could hold more than a few bucks, unless it was all in quarters. Good luck using this guy to help you save up for your next game purchase!

Deal or Not a Deal? This thing is silly, so I can’t really say either way. Maybe the fact that he helps you save money pays for itself. Yeah.

Find: Mario Party Card Game (GBA e-Reader)

Price / Condition: $1 / Like new!

Where at: Goodwill

Why: This was kind of an impulse buy, since I didn’t know exactly how it worked, but wanted to find out. Although you can play this card game without owning an e-Reader, it seems like a large part of the fun would come from playing the mini games on your Game Boy Advance. A neat concept for a card/board game, but sadly I can’t get the full enjoyment out of it since I don’t have the GBA add-on. Hopefully, whoever wins it from me on eBay will put it to full use.

Deal or Not a Deal? It was basically brand new, with the cards looking like they’ve never been touched, so it was a good deal.

Find: Street Fighter: The Movie Soundtrack

Price / Condition: $3 / Jewel case and CD in good condition.

Where at: Goodwill

Why: Knowing how laughably bad, yet entertaining, this movie is, I figured I couldn’t go wrong with the official motion picture soundtrack. I did go wrong, however; very wrong. Being mostly “gangsta” rap, this album manages to have almost nothing to do with the movie, aside from some really forced references to things like Kung Fu and roundhouse kicks. I can appreciate good rap music, but it seems like these guys were hastily slapping together songs loosely related to Street Fighter and calling it a soundtrack. There’s a lot of swearing on most of the tracks, and even though that doesn’t really jive with a PG-13 movie, it was fitting because all I wanted to do after realizing I wasted three bucks was string together a tirade of expletives not suitable for Chun Li’s ears.

Deal or Not a Deal? Not even worth owning for the kooky merchandise factor. NO DEAL!

Find: Atari Supercharger Cassettes

Price / Condition: $0.50 each / Good condition with cases.

Where at: Deseret Industries Thrift Store

Why: I’m no Atari collector, but let me just read off some of these titles: Escape From The Mind Master, Killer Satellites, Dragonstomper, and Communist Mutants From Space. With names this awesome, they must be worth something to be somebody! Anyway, the Supercharger was an add-on for the Atari 2600 that increased it’s RAM 49-fold, and apparently the games are pretty good (most of them being upgrades on classic Atari games). The fact that the games are stored on cassette tapes is all the more interesting, and is the reason I stopped to check them out in the first place.

Deal or Not a Deal? I guessed correctly, as somebody was willing to pay me a decent chunk of change ($30) for the lot of them. Not bad. Hopefully that person is now enjoying the fast-paced action of Communist Mutants From Space!!!

Find: Sacrifice (WIN)

Price / Condition: $3 / Good, jewel case and disc only.

Where at: Value Village

Why: There’s nothing outwardly exciting about a PC game you’ve never heard of, but this caught my eye because it’s a Shiny Entertainment game I’d never heard of (most of you know them as the makers of Earthworm Jim). The premise here is that it’s an RTS, without all the resource management and building. For you hardcore Starcraft players out there, think “all micro, no macro”. The game is viewed from a third person perspective, and while there is a little bit of resource gathering (in the form of harvested souls from the units you kill), it’s mostly about controlling units and casting spells. I’ve only played a little bit of it so far, but it’s extremely well polished and beautiful, with superb voice acting and an interesting story. By all appearances, this is another hidden gem from the folks at Shiny.

Deal or Not a Deal? No box or book, but that’s okay because the tutorial mode is thorough enough to get you going without a manual. A good deal.

Find: Stretch Panic (PS2)

Price / Condition: $1 / Good, with case and manual.

Where at: Garage Sale

Why: This is one one of my few garage sale finds, since I don’t frequent them (it was a beautiful, sunny day, so I said what the hell). I knew a little about this game, mainly that is was weird yet fun. Which actually doesn’t do it justice, because this game is flat out bizarre! Allow me to present exhibit A:

Yeah, that’s the first area in the game. You have to pull on the ladies’ boobs with your stretchy-hand snake thingy, which makes their ridiculously large bosoms snap back and hit them in the face. On top of that, the control scheme is pretty odd, and takes some getting used to. You control your character with the left analog stick, and your stretchy-hand with the right. Thankfully, you don’t have to use any face buttons, just the shoulder ones. Yeah, this is easily the strangest Playstation 2 game I’ve ever played; at least something like Mr. Mosquito makes sense!

Deal or Not a Deal? It’s not an earth-shatteringly amazing game, but still worth a buck for some silly fun.

Find: Mario and Luigi Superstar Saga Demo Cartridge (GBA)

Price / Condition: $3 / Good

Where at: Value Village

Why: I got pretty excited when I first laid eyes on this, because I thought I was getting a super cheap copy of a game I’ve been wanting to play. Upon closer inspection, I saw the “DEMO GPK ONLY” sticker on the back, and my heart sank a little. I still bought it, just because it’s cool to have something that says “PROPERTY OF NINTENDO” on it, and I held out some hope that it might actually be a full game despite the label (naive, I know). This hope was crushed when the game cut out on me thirty minutes in, with a “Thanks for playing” screen.

Deal or Not a Deal? I dunno, I was pretty disappointed after I got a taste of how fun this game is. I might be able to turn it into a little bit of cash on eBay. Time will tell if this was a deal or not.

Find: Fighting Arena (PS1)

Price / Condition: $10 / Beat-up box, but the mat itself looks pretty good.

Where at: Value Village

Why: This is one of the dumbest controllers out there, far dumber than that one-handed RPG controller, and more cumbersome than the Power Glove and the U-Force combined. Not only are we talking about setting up a DDR-style mat in your game room, but you’ve also got two gigantic poles to deal with. All this, just so you can pretend you can actually kick ass just like Ryu does in Street Fighter Alpha 3. I haven’t had the desire to put it through its paces just yet, mostly because I want other people present to witness the awkwardness, but I’m guessing that it works about as well as when you were a little kid and tried to do moves like the Dragon Punch or the Hurricane Kick in real life.

Deal or Not a Deal? Clearly I paid too much for something that’s gonna take up more space than it’s worth, but I’m banking on the fact that when I finally try to impress some friends with it, the laughter will be non-stop.

Well, that’s all I’ve got for this installment. There weren’t any insanely rare and valuable finds; just a bunch of mostly off-beat gaming oddities. The Classic Game Expo in Portalnd, Oregon is coming up next month, and you better believe I’ll be writing an article to commemorate the show! There will be awesome finds, and maybe even some awesome stories this time around. Hopefully I’ll see one or two of you there! Until next time, please resist the urge to buy stupid crap just for the sake of buying stupid crap (unless you’re going to write an article about it, of course).

4 Responses to “Game Hunt (08/08/10): Stretch Panic, Sacrifice, Sonic, Supercharger, & More S’s”

  1. Brian Hohman Says:

    I will make that streetfighter the movie soundtrack a good investment!, I would love to have it! We can talk about price but I need to add to my hilarious gansta rap/shitty movie collection!

  2. Eric Kennedy Says:

    Dude, it is yours for $5 shipped. I would be glad to have it out of my household.

  3. Mike Callahan Says:

    I LOVE Sacrifice. That game is great. Completely replayable single player since you can choose which gods you want to work for. I agree, the game still looks pretty fantastic and the voice acting is really, really good. That’s a great pick-up.

  4. Zach Patterson Says:

    Stretch Panic has been on my radar for a few years. still looking for a cheap copy. superstar saga is worth tracking down a legit copy, i never quite finished it but it’s a lot of fun. nice prices on these finds though.

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