Hey everyone! I am back from my weird little hiatus! I didn’t post transcripts on the last two days because they were repeats of previous episodes, Time Stalkers and Exile respectively. Anyway, I am back to recording new episodes!
I should say that with a little asterisk, this week may be weird. I am recording a full week’s worth of episodes but this week is Emerald City Comic Con! I’ll be there all four days (come say hi if you… somehow recognize me? If you see a guy dressed up as Neku Sakuraba from The World Ends With You but still wearing glasses, that’s almost certainly me!) so while I’m going to try and make sure I upload each day, I’m not discounting the possibility scheduling may get weird. Sorry in advance!
Anyway, today’s game is Goof Troop and another episode from awesome friend of the show, Zach Tate, who previously wrote our episode for Final Fantasy Adventure. I have never played all the way through Goof Troop so I don’t know how the game goes but I bet I would have loved this co-op back in the day. I absolutely loved co-op games and tried playing any I could get my hands on. Toejam and Earl 1 and 2, playing seasons of NBA Jam or FIFA ’94 with my bro, even Batman Forever was right up my alley. Despite it being… ya know… terrible.
3/9 – Goof Troop
Hello and welcome. My name is Katosepe and I’ll be your host for today’s Video Game of the Day.
Today’s game is Goof Troop, developed and published by Capcom in 1993 for the Super NES and later for the Super Famicom. Interestingly, Goof Troop is one of the earliest games made by developer Shinji Mikami, who would move from Goof Troop onto Resident Evil.
Goof Troop is a co-op action adventure game based on the Disney television series of the same name. Players take the role of father-son duo, Goofy and Max. While the game can be played single player, it is intended for two players to play cooperatively.
While on a fishing trip, Goofy and Max’s rivals, Pete and PJ, are kidnapped by pirates and taken as hostages to nearby Spoonerville Island. It’s up to Goofy and Max to traverse the pirate-infested island to save them.
The game world is set in a collection of square 2.5D areas, similar to Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and uses a similar aesthetic to the cartoon. Players must solve puzzles and defeat the pirates to complete each of the game’s five levels, each ending with a boss fight. Many of the game’s puzzles rely on collecting and using items found around the island, like grappling hooks, planks of wood to build bridges, and shovels to dig up collectables. Basic combat involves kicking and throwing items at baddies to hurl them off screen. As previously mentioned, a single player can complete this adventure but the nature of the puzzles lends itself to real-time cooperative gameplay.
Goof Troop’s single player game was panned by critics, with many stating it was tedious and simply not fun. However, cooperative play was still relatively rare at the time and Goof Troop’s inclusion of this feature was praised. The game has not been re-released since it’s initial run on the Super Nintendo, likely due to licensing issues with Disney although, with the success of the Disney Afternoon Collection, containing many Disney games from the NES era, a re-release may be possible in the future.
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