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Great games, with awful names.

Post by Green Bert » Sun May 05, 2013 11:28 am

One of my favourite budget titles for the Commodore 64 is 1985. Its a Thrust/Gravitar type game that has you piloting a space craft into cavers on other planets to collect Nuclear Plasma pods. The scenario is something to do with Big Brother - a reference to Orwell's 1984. But why the day after? Surely the year after would have made more sense? Any how are you travelling to other planets - its only 1985 for f**k sake. Anyway, it's a great game with an awful name. Can anyone name any others?

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Post by necronom » Sun May 05, 2013 12:02 pm

Green Bert wrote:The scenario is something to do with Big Brother - a reference to Orwell's 1984. But why the day after? Surely the year after would have made more sense?
I bought this when it came out and have a copy right here. The instructions say that Big Brother has been destroyed and it's the day after. I guess it took until 1985 to destroy it.
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Post by gman72 » Sun May 05, 2013 12:54 pm

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Post by markopoloman » Sun May 05, 2013 12:59 pm

Nonterraqueus - thought this was fantastic on my mates Speccy. All the detailed graphics around the walls looked cool.
Got it for my C64 and the cool graphics had gone, leaving a crisscross pattern! (the game was still good and it had an average & short tune played throughout)...

As for 1985 - loved that but it was bloody hard!
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Post by gman72 » Sun May 05, 2013 1:41 pm

markopoloman wrote:an average & short tune played throughout
:shock: Average? That tune was composed by David Dunn who also did the tunes for Theatre Europe, Finders Keepers and Elite amongst others. His work was unique because of the way he used the filters of the SID chip creating sounds that were unusual and original.
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Post by DreamcastRIP » Sun May 05, 2013 1:59 pm

Zynaps (Speccy) - brilliant side scrolling shmup with a title that sounded like it could have been the name for a brand of water biscuit or cold sore remedy
Booty (Speccy) - not an 'awful name' as such but a name that may prove misleading to our American cousins :lol:
Ranarama (Speccy) - cracking Gautlet clone that sounded too much like name of a certain all-female pop group of the time
Final Fight (various) - if it really was the final fight then why the sequels?!
Donkey Kong (arcade) - 'nuff said
Sonic & All-Stars Racing: Transformed (PC) - fantastic game but such a catchy title there, Sega
Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (PS360) - enough already, Capcom!
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Post by Nemesis » Sun May 05, 2013 2:17 pm

Fat Worm Blows a Sparky - Bizarre name, bizarre game.
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Post by gman72 » Sun May 05, 2013 2:28 pm

Codename Mat... really? Crappiest codename ever... actually the game was not that great either.
Oh, yeah... Tir na Nog... exqueeze me? Baking powder?
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Post by TwoHeadedBoy » Sun May 05, 2013 2:34 pm

DreamcastRIP wrote: Sonic & All-Stars Racing: Transformed (PC) - fantastic game but such a catchy title there, Sega
Better than the previous game on the 360 - Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing with Banjo-Kazooie :roll:
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Post by aztecca » Sun May 05, 2013 2:43 pm

freddy hardest a great game.But since mr starrs arrest it has taken on a new meaning.
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Post by Green Bert » Sun May 05, 2013 2:52 pm

I remember going into WH Smiths one day and asking the assistant behind the counter if Yie Ar Kung Fu was out yet. He found the name hilarious as he'd never heard of the game. I found myself embarrassed asking for it by name. (It's Chinese for One-Two Kung Fu). Fantastic game mind you, especially the C64 port.

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Post by DreamcastRIP » Sun May 05, 2013 3:20 pm

TwoHeadedBoy wrote:
DreamcastRIP wrote: Sonic & All-Stars Racing: Transformed (PC) - fantastic game but such a catchy title there, Sega
Better than the previous game on the 360 - Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing with Banjo-Kazooie :roll:
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Post by The Laird » Sun May 05, 2013 3:58 pm

Woody Pop for the Game Gear, sounds like a porno film.

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Post by ToxieDogg » Sun May 05, 2013 5:36 pm

Pssst! (Spectrum) - Always thought that was a dreadful name for a game. Good job it's a really fun and addictive little shoot 'em up.

Pomping World (Arcade) - The original Japanese name for Pang!/Buster Bros. :lol:

Pang!: Magical Micheal (Nintendo DS) - Very good Pang spin off for the DS, rubbish name though that always makes me think of Wacko Jacko for some reason.

Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together (various, including a recent PSP port) - Superb game but that title. :shock: Good grief.

Irritating Stick (Playstation) - Quite a good 'guide a stick through the maze without touching the walls' game...with an awful title.

Tinkle Pit (Arcade) - It's a lot of fun to play and reminds me a little of Chew Man Fu on the PC Engine (a stupid name for a good game in itself)...it sounds more like a hole you urinate into though. :lol:
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Post by DreamcastRIP » Sun May 05, 2013 6:26 pm

Metal Gear Solid - eh, what? The main protagonist's name that sounds like a reptile with rigor mortis? The first signs that Kojima needed sectioning
Probotector - sounds like something Ann Summers might sell
Final Fantasy - so 'final' that there's been eleventy billion sequels and spin-offs. If I were to have a 'final fantasy' then it'd be a damn sight more interesting too
Mr. Driller - sounds like an '80s 'video nasty' or a gay pr0n movie
Syphon Filter - eh, what?
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