Friday, January 14, 2011

Dig Dug + Warpman

Seven down, two (or maybe three) to go.

Those numbers refer to the number of Namco--or Namcot, if you want to be completely accurate--Famicom games I currently own and hope to own in the future, respectively.

A month or so ago, you may recall, I picked up five such games: BurgerTime, Mappy, Pac-Man, Sky Kid and The Tower of Druaga. Which games have I added since? Why, Dig Dug and Warpman.

I'm guessing all of you have at least heard of, if not played, Dig Dug, but what about Warpman? Yeah, I didn't think so.

Warpman is a sequel to an obscure arcade game from 1981 called Warp & Warp (Warp Warp in the States). Both games are divided into two parts: Maze World and Space World. The former plays a bit like Bomberman, while the latter plays a bit like a less frantic version of another arcade game from the early 1980s--Robotron.

Sadly, that probably makes Warpman sound more appealing than it really is. That's not to say it's a bad game--it's just not as compelling or enjoyable as either of the above-mentioned classics.

With all of that out of the way, what are the two (or maybe three) Namco/Namcot Famicom games that I'm hoping to add to my collection at some future point in time? Galaga, Galaxian and Dig Dug II (with the middle title being the "maybe").

For more photos of Dig Dug and Warpman--as well as two other recent acquisitions--check out my Flickr photostream.


Sean said...


I've never actually seen the box for Warpman, it looks really great! I like the blue/orange color contrast.

I actually like playing that game. Its one of the few Famicom games you can play in cooperative multiplayer mode.

Though I agree - its a good game but not a great game.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Warpman definitely has a sweet box, IMO. (That sounds dirty...)

Anyway, yes, I'd consider it a good but not a great game. It's lacking cohesion and direction, I think -- or something like that. What I mean is that I'm never exactly sure what I'm supposed to be doing (other than blow up everything on the screen) or why I'm supposed to continue doing so.

Still, I like playing it now and then :)

famicomfreak said...

I agree the Warpman box gives me a boner! Great stuff!

IvaNEC said...

Ha, before I'd even read the comments by you guys, I was thinking, "I've gotta post something about how neat those boxes are." Cool stuff!

Bryan Ochalla said...

Ha! Glad you two like the Warpman box, too, Famicom Freak and IvaNec. And here I thought everyone was going to say, "Pffft! Who cares about Warpman? You got Dig Dug!" :)

Viewtiful_Justin said...

Now I want to play some Warpman! Sounds kind of fun.

Bryan Ochalla said...

You should try it, Justin. I have a feeling you might like it :)

Starfighter said...

Is this.. GBA? I can't really tell since I've only got one of the japanese GBA-games laying around. Not to familiar with the box dimensions. :)

Bryan Ochalla said...

Hey there, Starfighter. Nope, these are Famicom games. A bunch of old Nintendo, Konami and Namco Famicom games were re-released for the GBA, though, and had the same boxes (though smaller), so maybe that's what you're thinking of? I'm pretty sure Warpman wasn't one of those re-releases, though.

Starfighter said...

I see! Well, at first glance it looks pretty much the same: and to the untrained eye (in the world of japanese games I'm only familiar with Super Famicom, Saturn and Dreamcast) but when I look close I see it clearly is much differences. :)

Bryan Ochalla said...

Ah, yes, the proportions *are* very similar! Also, to make things more confusing, Dig Dug (and a bunch of other Famicom games) were re-released on the GBA a few years ago as "Famicom Minis." As far as I know, the boxes for those "Famicom Minis" were identical to their original, Famicom releases -- just a lot smaller :)

Bryan Ochalla said...

One thing I should add, Starfighter, is that the boxes used for these early Famicom games are about the same size as regular-sized GBA boxes. So, your confusion definitely was warranted :)