Ultimate Gamejustice (#1)

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1998 | Webfoot Technologies | PC | Puzzle

1 Point: @Filler


My one concession to pure nostalgia. A Pac-Man clone so uninspired they literally got sued for it. Several versions of the game came bundled with adware. Even the opening sentence of the Wikipedia article passive-aggressively says "3D Maze Man: Amazing Adventures is a 1998 computer game.[citation needed]". Objectively, I can't recommend this on any level. But, before I got a PlayStation, hogging my mum's work PC to play this was the main way I passed time as a child when I wasn't printing off Robot Wars fanpages, and it will forever occupy a probably undeserved slot in my affection as a result.

Also, here's a shout-out to the most gratuitously disturbing death animation in a game presumably intended for children this side of Heart of Darkness. (You might want to watch some other gameplay footage first, in case you don't take my word for it that it's hilariously incongruous in the bright chirpy context of the rest of the game.)

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2006 | Introversion Software | PC/NDS | Strategy

1 Point: @beyoncésweave

That subtitle though. Lana is shaking. I'm sure I've read about this strategic nuclear war simulator somewhere before; I remember being impressed by the funky neon art style and the furious pop-ups reminding you how many millions of innocent people you're murdering with every click. Cheery stuff!


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I know Brain Training was a few elims ago but I have to mention how the one time my mum’s ever got into gaming (aside from a few games of Wii Party) was when she literally got addicted to that game along with Big Brain Academy. I barely got to play on my own DS for those few bizarre months.

Honestly, the vice grip Nintendo had on the "games for people who'd never go near a video game" market for about half a decade between the likes of Brain Training and Wii Fit was crazy.

The Adele of the video games world.
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2003 | EA | Various | Action

1 Point: @Aidan

Poor Aidan, going from never having played any of the eliminated games to losing one of his own. I'm not a huge LotR fan (don't @ me) but my sister & I somehow acquired this game for PS2 and the co-op campaign was one of our go-to sibling bonding time games. Although it was one of those action games where you get awarded based on how efficient/stylish your kills were, the combat always felt fun and satisfying and not needlessly complicated, and the multiplayer was pretty seamless for a PS2 shared-screen sorta situation. I remember there was an early boss who was some crazy ghost skeleton guy that was a ridiculous leap in difficulty though, I'm feeling anxious just thinking about it.


"You best start believin' in ghost stories Ms. Turner, YER IN ONE." teas.

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