In 1937, a young person, known only as a Junior, got into a fight with his mother over his future career choice. Like all mothers, she wanted him to get a proper education, grow up into a respectable citizen and follow in his father’s footsteps. But pleasures of big city lured Junior away from school road and led him into a seedy bar. With a drink too strong for minors removing his last inhibitions, Junior became too cocky, went playing on railroad tracks and was promptly hit by a train. You’d think he was a goner, but only a short trip to hospital was required to get Junior running again. This wasn’t any miracle, since Junior was a cartoon car.
|Streamlined Greta Green, first known instance of sentient vehicles appearing in animation|
|This is what they do to unmutuals|
Almost right at the start of a new millennium, Pixar, the Disney of digital age, succumbed to the temptation of cold steel and produced Cars. Then, there was no stopping to the onslaught of sentient vehicles. Planes wasn’t enough, but we also got Roary the Racing Car, Tractor Tom, Chuggington, Theodore Tugboat, Space Racers and all the friends of Bob the Builder.
You might have noticed my slightly negative attitude towards these metallic monsters, and indeed, the gasoline godzillas are a bit too near uncanny valley to my taste. Just think of it, when you are hitching a ride from one of these things, you are literally entering the maw of a living creature. And when you start to consider the social implications of these stories, the results are often dystopian. It’s hard to say which is more disturbing - the outright slavery of Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends or the evident lack of all human life in the world of Cars.
|Did they turn against their creators?|
In addition to these two persons from LucasArts, other notable names involved in the making of the game are Laurie Rose Bauman and Annie Fox, who were responsible for the writing of the game and who were also involved with Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective. I should probably also mention the child actor Jason Ellefson, who was the voice of Putt-Putt in almost all of his games.
Putt-Putt games were targeted for children from 3 to 7 years. Unfortunately, when I tried to get my children help me in reviewing the game, the three-year-old couldn’t really understand the game due to a language barrier, while the seven-year-old deemed it too childish. Thus, I am forced to play this game of cars with unnaturally large eyes all by myself. Luckily, I am certain this cannot be a really long game. Let’s get rolling!
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Guessing 46, a point lower than Inspector Gadget because of your fear of anthropomorphic modes of transportation :)ReplyDelete
I was right at that age range when Humongous Entertainment started out, so I played a lot of their games as a kid and had really fond memories of them, especially Spy Fox and Pajama Sam. So I had the reverse surprise of playing Monkey Island later and learning that Ron Gilbert had created many of my favorite childhood adventure games. I didn't play this specific Putt-Putt until later on, so it didn't hold up for me as much as future games did. I'll say 48.ReplyDelete
The later games are better. Don't let this one pre-damn them.ReplyDelete
If you thought Pixar's Cars were disturbing before, check out https://jalopnik.com/this-disturbing-theory-explains-pixars-cars-1791834045
I've never played any Humongous Entertainment games, but I did once see a Let's Play by Youtuber PushingUpRoses of Putt-Putt Goes to the Moon which was decent for a game for 6-year-olds. The Ron Gilbert connection makes sense in retrospect, explaining the art style and some of the goofier bits, though the sense of humor was still pretty bland, mostly with kid-friendly puns and whatnot. If this game is similar I'll guess about 42 for it: great for 3 to 7-year-olds, not terribly interesting for anyone else.ReplyDelete
Going for 44, with that stupid grin on his bumper and the ridiculously cheesy interface bar I cannot blame you for your feelings of trepidation!ReplyDelete
Hey people, this is gonna be mi first guessing score, i`m still reading the trickster era posts chronologically so i have a lot to catch up. Never played this one, i´m thinking to play along Rex Nebular, but i´ll pass this one. Mi guess: 43ReplyDelete
I'll guess 41 for this, I'm not sure if I'd even heard of it before but perhaps that's because I was too old by this time.ReplyDelete
Thank-you for the reference to (the obscure) Theodore Tugboat! A life-size version "lived" in Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada) harbour for a few years -- my hometown. An Elementary/Junior High classmate of mine worked as a web designer for the production company in the 1990s.ReplyDelete
I guess 38. Worst of the Putt-Putts, at least the ones I know.ReplyDelete