Category 3: Sequels That Weren’t
For every Mario who got a million and one shots at success, there were a number of poor lowly game characters who never got the same treatment. I don’t know about you, but we at Retro Remakes think that’s pretty darned unfair. Just think of the fun they could have had given half a chance…
Perhaps now, you could give them the chance.
If there was a game character who deserved a sequel or his/her very own game as they were sat in the sidelines wondering why nobody loved them quite as much as the megastar of the game, we’re giving you the opportunity to make that game for them.
Perhaps you’d have liked to have seen Percy The Potty Pigeon have further adventures, did Dr Blitzen warrant a game of his own? Perhaps the notorious housekeeper Maria from Jet Set Willy did other things in her life other than pointing aimlessly at a drunken top hatted idiot?
Obviously, it’s pretty clear cut that if they ever starred in a game of their own more than once, then this is not the category for them, but more than anything we’re asking you to avoid the obvious wherever possible and surprise us. Make a game about the cat from Frankie Goes To Hollywood, the dog from Jack The Nipper, the fountain from Everyones A Wally or even one of the customers from Grumpy Gumphrey. There’s a whole wealth of game characters out there (and inanimate objects) who just never got the breaks. Be unpredictable, be wild, daring and imaginative. Don’t be dull and obvious* because, well, that’s really dull and obvious and won’t impress the judges unless you pull something really special out of the bag.
Work that magic, make a long lost game characters dreams come true. Give them some love, why don’t you? Surely they deserve their name in lights just this once…
*You know, like Bowsers Revenge or something soft like that. Yawn.