“Nice Plays” are video episodes where your nice hosts play and talk about a game for 17 minutes, then an egg timer goes off!
In this episode, Martha (and then Stephen) are tortured by bad level design and user-hostile game mechanics in the original Japanese version of Super Mario Bros. 2, while Mark praises the oft-misunderstood American version of the game.
NOTE: Mark was wrong. There *were* mid-level checkpoints in the original Super Mario Bros.
Game: Super Mario Bros. 2 (Japan) Developer/Publisher: Nintendo Platform: Famicom Disk System Year: 1986 Genre: Platformer
“Nice Plays” are video episodes where your nice hosts play and talk about a game for 17 minutes, then an egg timer goes off.
In this episode (Nice Games Club’s 50th!), Martha plays (and finishes!) a game Stephen once recommended to Mark (but Mark forgot about). A first-person narrative, Thirty Flights of Loving is a 5-year old game written in a 10-year old engine, but still holds up, according to your nice hosts, anyway.
Game: Thirty Flights of Loving Developer/Publisher: Blendo Games Platform: PC (Windows, Mac) Year: 2012 Genre: First-person Narrative
As it happens, Pajama Sam was voiced by one of Mark’s favorite comic actors, Pamela Adlon, although she’s more famous for voicing Bobby on King of the Hill. She is currently starring in the show Better Things, which she created and produces, and for which she was nominated for an Outstanding Lead Actress Emmy in 2017.
This game includes references to other Humongous titles, including Backyard Sports.
“Nice Plays” are video episodes where your nice hosts play and talk about a game, and after 17 minutes, our egg timer goes off and we give our final thoughts. In this episode, Stephen plays the NES port of the classic arcade game Solomon’s Key!
Game: Solomon’s Key Developer: Tecmo Publisher: Tecmo Platform: NES Release date: July 1987 (US) Genre: 2D Puzzle-Platformer
Summary: “You and Dana, the wizard of Lyrac, must unlock Solomon’s scroll of secrets to restore peace in the constellations. With Dana’s magic, fire, and mystical powers, you will help release the imprisoned Princess of the Fairies and harness the evil forces within the constellations. But first, you need the key!”