Toonstruck - a point and click game from the good old days
Once upon a time a long time ago there was a smaller and younger version of myself that enjoyed hunting through game bargain bins at Dick Smith Electronics. One day I stumbled across a game called Toonstruck. I promptly (probably) begged my father to buy it for me and fell in love with its weird jokes and annoyingly hard puzzles and what were likely amazing cartoon graphics at the time. To be honest they are still pretty good a mere 20 YEARS LATER!! (Thanks wikipedia!)
In the game you play Drew Blanc (played by Christopher Loyd). A cartoonist who has found himself sucked into his own cartoon world who wont be returned to his own until he helps stop Count Nefarious from Malevolating all of the cartoon world.
You do this with the help of your favourite cartoon creation Flux Wildly (the purple guy in the pictures). Who helps you to solve puzzles and track down the items needed to reverse the effects of the Malevolater.
The game play is simple in that its a point and click game. Using the items you pick up you travel around the cartoon world helping people along the way until you have everything you need to turn Cutopia cute again.
The actual puzzles though. WOWSERS! Some of them take a bit of playing with to get right. Some of the tasks require you to put an odd assortment of items together that I admit I'm not sure I ever would have worked out without a quick glance at an online walkthrough.
Over the years this game has popped up in my brain as something I would want to replay. Every time I looked though it usually took a bit of work to run emulators etc to maybe get it running and then when you did it was slow as hell and unplayable.
Why am I talking about it now?
Well yet again this game popped into my head as something I wanted to play. Yet again I googled it to see what I could find. But unlike every other time this time it came up as purchasable from GOG.com. Currently on special so buy it now if you are interested!
Not only is it DRM free but it also works on basically every operating system. Needless to say I bought it ASAP and then spent an afternoon going back to my childhood days. Oh what wonderful days they were.
Now to go back to gog.com and see what other awesome retro games they have.