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
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
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