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Sunshine Games – #3: Tecmo Stackers

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

Ethos’ Sunshine Games Countdown is a completely arbitrary list of games that make him smile. They are games that are pure unadulterated fun with none of the heaviness that might come from more epic titles. They are games that make you giddy just thinking about them, and have the same refreshing optimism that Spring yields.

Tecmo Stackers

Fuck yeah, I’m bringing on the obscure with this list. Bet you didn’t even know I had played more games than Flower, Pokémon, and Final Fantasy IX. Turns out I have, and some of them are weird, old, and completely fucked up. Just watch the first few minutes of this YouTube clip and you’ll see what I mean. Incredibly annoying music, tacky backgrounds, weird blobby blocks that lick menu items to select them, and men without shirts starting each round of this forgotten puzzle game.

Why is this my #3 Sunshine game, then? Because I can’t play this game without laughing my ass off. I mean, the puzzle/versus mechanics are fun and everything, but the plain obscurity and stupidity that oozes out of this game puts a huge smile on my face every time I think about it. Not to mention the fact that it’s easy to turn it on and play a few matches against a friend which will be almost guaranteed fun. Tecmo Stackers is the sort of game I picture being developed by two giggling Japanese men who haven’t slept in 6 weeks and are wearing prescription glasses although they do not require them. Then it somehow got green-lit for a stateside release, and here I am, laughing about the game even when I’m only writing about it. This game may have even made it higher if it had more than 3 musical tracks. It adds to the humour, yes, but it also adds to the annoyance.