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Kyorochan no Prikura Daisakusen
  opened by paleface at 03:39:03 08/24/03  
  paleface [sys=PS1; cat=Platformer; loc=JPN]
Offbeat 2D platformer in which you play what appears to be a chocolate-coated almond with a beak and bird feet who runs and flutters around snapping up chocolate coated candies while avoiding various phallic or fruity-looking creeps. When hit by a baddie, Kyorochan loses some candies--when reduced to zero candies the game ends, similar to Sonic and his rings.
As far as our avian almond is concerned, however, candies take a back seat to the glorious fun offered up by the numerous photo booths scattered throughout the long and busy stages: he likes nothing better than for you to arrange his image in a mock-up photo booth scene, then store a photo of it in your album. It wouldn't surprise me if collecting enough of certain shots opened up secret somethings or others.
With simple yet satisfying mechanics (Kyorochan can flutter in mid-jump, drop on baddies in a bone-jarring fall, kick them in midair, throw stuff at them, etc), child-like yet solid graphics, stages of forests, giant cakes, and colorful deserts, and odd music ranging from music-box to pulsing techno, the game provides a thorough and even somewhat unique platforming experience. Platformers since Super Mario have generally left me cold but Kyorochan has a certain quirky appeal, and the lack of a time limit, coupled with the easy save feature, help cut down on frustrations common to the genre.

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