YOU ARE INDEED THE RED BLAZE
-Rushifell (Gargoyle’s Quest)
I know what you’re thinkin’, Gamerillas; who could possibly care about an original Gameboy spin off based around an annoying enemy in an arcade game? Well, while the Ghosts ‘n Goblins Franchise hasn’t always been a front-runner, it’s always held a special place in my heart. From the obsession with getting the main character down to his undies (see below: Arthur from Ghosts ‘n Goblins and Maximo from his namesake series) to the stupidly difficult bosses that would worm their way into your heart and plant seeds of hate that drove some of us to the darkened halls of Gameshark (ok, maybe it wasn’t that hard, but I always had trouble with the game).
What you get when you feed a regular stick after midnight.
Gargoyle’s Quest, available now in the Nintendo 3DS eShop, is a side-scrolling platformer RPG, what a mouthful. GQ takes some of the mechanics from G’nG for its side-scrolling bits (huge giant bits that make up most of the game) while adding an explorable overworld (an overworld in the underworld???) where you can enjoy being assaulted by ghosts that look like guys wearing bed sheets (and sometimes pterodactyls or fat guys that throw their heads at you). These tiny encounters help to break up the slightly boring treks from town to dungeon to town. There’s not really an EXP system or a gear system, but our gargoyle friend receives several upgrades to his fire breath projectile while on his journey. At first each breath seems to be a direct upgrade, but each upgrade ends up having a special use in overcoming a puzzle. The full use of all these powers isn’t totally realized until the final dungeon.
Firebrand got some plastic surgery to remove his cartoon gland in later years.
The story follows a gargoyle fella named Firebrand, maybe you recognize his name from Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3? You may also be confused about his nickname, “Red Blaze”, because he’s GREEN on the cover! Yeah, turns out the cover just isn’t cannon, like the original Megaman cover where Rock looks like he’s the cybernetic love child of those creepy Precious Moments figures and a Keebler elf. Suppose that’s a bit off subject. Anyway, Firebrand is the descendant of the original Red Blaze, whose holy (unholy?) flame sealed away the King of Destruction and saved the Ghoul and Human worlds from TOTAL destruction. I know that doesn’t make sense at first; but if you think it out, it makes perfect sense. The big Bowsers from the other G’nG games seem to want to take over the human world, probably for food or the oil rights, but this King of Destruction and his Destroyers are more like a cult that just wants everything everywhere to end forever. All in all, not guys you want at a BBQ.
Not the King of Destruction, just a horrible giant fish demon. He's got a name, but it's not really important.
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WOULD I RECOMEND THIS GAME:
Yes, totally! It’s fun and cute, but certain parts can be really annoying (enemies coming out of Nowhere, Egypt, etc.). Thankfully, the 3DS Virtual Console save state feature makes those bits totally playable.
HOW MANY DOLLARS IS IT: