The non art-deco inspiration for Bioshock – can you name that game?
Posted on Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 by Alex Trotter-Fernandez
Last Week’s mystery game was of course Nintendo’s classic 1985 platformer Ice Climber. In the original Japanese version one type of enemy you encounter are a baby seals – which you can happily club to death with a large mallet. For some reason this feature wasn’t available in America…
This week’s unknown visitor is a first person adventure game from the earlier 90′s. The inspiration for the Bioshock games, this title was a highly popular force to be reckoned with back in the day; a first person shooter that was both technically advanced and deeper in terms of gameplay than first personers such as Doom. It combined two of my all time favorite opponents -Mutants and Robots. Of course other great combinations are Pirates and Ninjas, Ninjas and Zombies, Zombies and Robots and of course Squirrels and Giraffes. I’ve always loved mutants, particularly the ones with three nipples such as in Total Recal. What really made the game shine despite it’s disappointing lack of additional nipples, was it’s atmosphere, dynamic gameplay and puzzle solving, essentially being a mutated first person survival horror of sorts – similar to what we expect from a first person shooter action adventurer today, barring of course anything with Call and Duty in the title.