Paul (paulmeetsworld) wrote in gamecola,

Inside the Guide (6-9)

By Michael Gray

OK, before I start this article, take a look at the background image for this article:

I did not come up with this picture, so I have to wonder what the heck is going on here. It looks like Mario is jumping out of the head of a squirrel which was, as far as I can guess, reading an article from the Catholic Encyclopedia.

Now, I happen to be Catholic myself, in case you couldn't tell by the way I helped Steve out with his Bible quotations last year. Personally, I think GameCola could be a little more friendly to the religiously-inclined, especially since Zack Huffman ripped on Christianity in his reviews of Spiritual Warfare, Super 3D Noah's Ark, and King of Kings*. But isn't there a better place to put religious references than in a picture with a squirrel and Mario?

Anyway, last month, I was told that furries are taking over GameCola. So that explains why there's a squirrel in the background of this page. The furries have already taken over the GameCola staff. I guess that means I'll have to give in and start writing furry-friendly articles. OK. That means that, this month, I'll talk about Tiny Toon Adventures for the NES.

They're tiny, they're toony, they're all a little loony! They're furry, they're funny, they're Babs and Buster Bunny! For those of you who don't know, Tiny Toon Adventures was a TV show that I watched all the time when I was a kid. Playing this game caused me to have random flashbacks of the TV show, which I can barely remember.

This guide has a fancy layout, which is a first for me. Instead of separating sections with a boring old straight line like I did on this page, I separated sections with banners. Banners with pictures of carrots, even! I sure went all out in this guide.

Also, for some reason, I put in a random scientific fact in this guide. If you check out the "characters" section, you'll see this:

Sea Urchins: Spiky creatures that live in the water. Scientists know over 300 ways to get them to reproduce through parthenogenesis.

A few days ago, I got an e-mail from someone who needed help with this game. Here's what the e-mail looked like:

Hi Lost Gamer, [Note to GameCola readers: That's the alias I wrote the guide under]
my name is Franz, and im totally stuck on the game Tiny toons
Adventures for
more than 10 years i believe.
im stuck on the Montana Max mansion stage, Level 2 where the spikes
are. i
can get past the first set of spikes i believe using furball, however
are enemies that comes by that you cant avoid under the spikes. If i
dizzy devil, i can kill off them monsters under the spikes, however
isnt enough spin to get through the whole set of spikes, and cant use
at all for that section.
furball can make it i beleive however just cant by past the rats that
by as you get on the next screen.
If you could help this 10 year issue out, that would be great.

I'm not sure why the e-mail has so many random line breaks, but Franz seems like a nice person, so I decided to help him. Unfortunately, my memory is not that good, so I had to play the game through again to get to the area he's talking about.

It turns out that his problem was with one of those ridiculously hard areas where enemies come from the left and right sides of the screen, and they don't stop coming. On top of that, you have to pull off a series of difficult "slide" moves. Plus, it only takes one hit to kill you. So, yeah, I can see where Franz had trouble.

While replaying that section, I learned that the slide move involves temporary invincibility, which is the key to getting through the section. Who would have thought that? In a game where your character dies when it touches a bubble, your character lives through anything as long as he's sliding. Doesn't make any sense to me, but there you go.

So I e-mailed Franz with this information and wrote this article at the same time. Wow, wasn't that an exciting story, kids?

You bet it was!
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