All Collectively Then: Seals of High quality

It is the loneliness that is the killer.

Seals are one thing of a uncared for entity in our blessed pastime of “compute the video games”, with the mammalian misfits placing forth solely sporadic appearances. Certainly, my first recall was the poor chaps in Crash Bandicoot 2’s ice ranges, doomed to merely stroll backwards and forwards honking till the hideous trousered marsupial erases them from existence. Clearly, then, every time they see match to waddle into body and take centre-stage, it’s a trigger for celebration. Or ought to I say seal-abration? (No. – Ed)

All Collectively Then, and let’s take a look at some gaming Seals of High quality that did not essentially come from Nintendo.

Havoc (Excessive Seas Havoc, Sega Genesis)

The oddly-named Havoc is an excellent odder-looking anthropomorphic seal, star of Information East’s usually weird Excessive Seas Havoc, a vibrant platformer launched in 1993 for Sega’s 16-bit. It performs effectively sufficient, reminding me a little bit little bit of Konami’s excellent Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster’s Hidden Treasure from the identical yr. My difficulty with it, and with Havoc himself, is that I wrestle to simply accept a seal sporting footwear. A hedgehog sporting them is okay, however not this. This can be a step too far. At any fee, Havoc is just not half dangerous, falling into the identical Sonic-clone template because the likes of Socket, however definitely a step-up from that. You may have enjoyable with Havoc and solely often deign to make use of swear phrases.

Ceceelia (The Aquatic Video games, Amiga 500)

Heading up the esoteric James Pond olympic spin-off The Aquatic Video games, Ceceelia’s job is to forestall errant seaside balls from waking her fellow blubber-buddies, all sleeping soundly after an extended day of clapping their silly fins collectively like idiots. She does this by tearing round like a seal possessed, bouncing mentioned balls away along with her nostril within the method of a humorous Sea World circus act. Sometimes an alarm clock will manifest out of nowhere, and have to be collected earlier than it begins ringing and wakes up all the group. The expertise is an efficient metaphor for grownup romantic relationships, if you concentrate on it. A bit. Possibly.

Mecha Sea Lion (Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sega Grasp System)

In contrast to most seals, who’re precocious at worst, this little sod is totally begging for a slap. And a slap is what he’ll get, as a result of this pinniped is pathetic as he’s provocative. Common leaping assaults show ineffective thanks the little bastard’s expertise for balancing spherical objects on his little nostril. As an alternative, Sonic should use his legendarily unstable persistence and watch for his whiskered nemesis to inflate a small orange balloon-thing, whereupon he leaps upon it to destroy it and rating a success. The seal’s enraged flipper-flapping raises a smile to at the present time and stays the breezy spotlight of the in any other case horrific Aqua Lake Zone.

Clapper (Donkey Kong Nation 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest, SNES)

There’s one thing about Clapper that is downright unsettling. I do not know if it is his little CGI puppet face, or his skill to vomit ice water in such copious volumes that he can render a lake of lava comfortably swimmable. Sure, Clapper have to be used and abused to assist your mangy monkeys move a few ranges in Donkey Kong Nation’s excellent-but-bloated sequel. In a single early stage he utilises his aforementioned arctic halitosis to – sure – cool off molten magma. A lot later, you may run into him once more in an ice cave, freezing an underwater estuary so you should use it as a platform and slide below some massive bees. I do not actually take care of him, although. He simply stands there barking at you want a drill sergeant.

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