Name This Game
|Name This Game
|Todd Marshall, Henry Will, Roger Booth, Sylvia Day,
& Wes Trager
|The contest to name the game
was never completed.
There are some games that rely on a gimmic to hide an otherwise substandard
game, Name This Game is one of those games. The gimmic in this case
was a contest to name the game (hence the name Name This Game). Unfortunatly
what the contest couldn't hide is the fact that this game stinks like
3 week old tuna.
The game starts out promisingly enough, the graphics are bright if not
a little on the kooky side. Theres a large octopus (a black octopus?)
in the middle of the screen, a shark swimming about, and a guy in speedboat
at the top of the screen. You play the role of a diver who must
defend his treasure by shooting the octopus's tentacles before they reach
the bottom. You must also shoot at the shark who swims lower and
lower because if he gets down to your diver, you're lunch. While your
defending your treasure you'll notice that your air meter goes down a
bit each second, to get more air you need to touch the air line that your
friend in the speedboat drops every now and then. Defend your treasure
successfully and its off the next level.
The problem with Name This Game is that its about as much
fun as repeatedly smashing your toe with a hammer. The action never
really gets difficult and the enemies are very predictable. This
is why US Games probably decided to have the contest, to hype up a game
that's average at best. Or maybe its because the playtesters couldn't
stand playing the game long enough to come up with a title on their own.
Either way it didn't help, this game sunk lower than Davey Jones
US Games went under before the contest was completed. Most
people think that the winning entry was called Octopus (how original)
since that's the name it was released under in Europe. However Amiga
was planning on releasing it on one of their 4 packs (which never came
out), and listed the title as Galleons Gold. No matter what the
name, the game still stinks. Its only redeeming value is as a footnote
in 2600 history.
to 2600 Software