I was recently perusing the PlayStation store on my Vita, and I came across Saturday Morning RPG. It immediately pulled on my nostalgia strings, so I headed online to look at the Wikipedia page for it. There I learned it had initially been released in 2012 for iOS, and was released for various other platforms in the years since.
Developer Mighty Rabbit Studios know their ’80s lore. The game is steeped in silly goodness from top to bottom, and I never grew tired of finding Scratch N Sniff stickers that would help boost my stats in combat.
The game didn’t suffer from perfection (long load times, needlessly long backtracking segments), but it was mostly enjoyable. Every time I found a new weapon, it was some relic of my youth, be it a Simon Says (named “Garfunkel”), or a Care Bear clone that would shoot rainbows from its chest at opponents. I loved trying each one out to see how it performed in battle.
(Side note: no Speak & Spell?)
Sure, the battles felt repetitive, and sure, I felt like some jokes were too cheesy for words, but overall, I had a decent enough time with the game.
I had one big (and, admittedly, silly) beef: one of the main images I saw for the game gave me false hope for what was included in it:
I saw this photo and got all kinds of excited because on the right, that’s Jem (or, more accurately, a cross between Jem and her alternate form, Jerrica). As a kid, I was a HUGE fan of the Jem cartoon (it also explains a lot about my fashion sense), and I was so jazzed that something related to her might be in the game.
(Another side note: I am well aware, after having watched a few episodes of Jem as an adult, that it does not hold up well.)
So I played. Nothing about her in the first episode. I kept playing. Nothing about her in the second episode. More playing. No Jem (or Jem-like character) in the third, fourth, or fifth episodes either.
The game only has five episodes.
I didn’t even encounter a Jem-like NPC. So why, oh why, does that image above exist? I know it’s just a game, and I know it shouldn’t matter, but I was disappointed that I never got to sing my way through a battle or call out “Showtime, Synergy!”
I do think it’s ironic (and a bit funny) that one of the few images I saw when researching the game online happened to be that one with the Jem-like character in it. Ironic-er still that she didn’t appear anywhere in the five episodes of the game.
But this made me wonder: does this fall under the banner of false advertising? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not upset, I’m just genuinely curious. For the record, the guy on the left in that image (the Conan clone) didn’t show up anywhere that I can recall either.
Have you ever bought a game you didn’t know much about that wasn’t what you thought it was? Did you like that or did it peeve you? I’d love to hear about it.
With that, I wish you a game-filled weekend. Please be safe out there. Cheers.