You know what I like most about Game Gear instruction manuals? They're small--and not just in size, but in length, too. That's a big deal to me because, well, scanning each and every page of a thick game manual (for use in one of these posts, of course) can be a real pain in the butt.
The only problem I have with short instruction manuals: Sometimes they're stuffed full of delightful illustrations and other details, and sometimes they're as dull as dishwater.
Sadly, the manual produced for Sega's quirky, Mikhail Gorbachev-focused puzzler, Ganbare Gorby!, falls somewhere between those two extremes.
It certainly starts out promising enough, with the game's colorful cover art showing up once again to remind folks what's in store once they press "play." (If this is the first you've heard of Ganbare Gorby!, it means you'll be acting as the aforementioned former president of the Soviet Union as he alters the course of myriad conveyor belts in order to deliver food, medicine and portable game systems to comrades in need.)
Anyway, the manual's first few pages are as bright and bold as its cover. Also, one of them features a completely adorable drawing of good ol' Gorbachev. I wish I could tell you why he isn't also carrying a Game Gear (one of the items he delivers to the poor in this endearingly odd puzzler), but I can't.
After that, Ganbare Gorby's manual becomes a bit boring, to tell you the truth. At least the following pages feature a number of nice screenshots. (Please note the right-most one in the scan below, which shows a citizen grinning from ear to ear after successfully grabbing a piece of meat that wouldn't look out of place in a PC Genjin game.)
Things begin to perk up again around the manual's 12th page, thankfully. Unfortunately, I can't tell you how the items in the following scan either enhance or otherwise impinge the gameplay found in this import-only title, as it's been a while since I've spent time with it.
Things perk up even more on the next set of pages, the first pair of which showcase the people you're supposed to help while playing Ganbare Gorby! (The goal is to give the the items on the left--such as the meat-covered bone and the jar of medicine--as opposed to the rather ominous ones on the right.)
The pair of pages above, on the other hand, focus on the game's villains, who do their best to keep "Gorby" from assisting the poor. By the way, is it just me or is the guy situated all the way to the left farting?
Thanks to my complete lack of knowledge when it comes to the Japanese language, I once again can't tell you what's being discussed on this manual's last page. If I had to guess, though, I'd say that the boy and girl in the scan above either are sharing a few morsels of advice with attentive readers or reminding them how to properly care for their shiny new Ganbare Gorby! cartridge.
See also: 'Acquisition #142: Ganbare Gorby! (Game Gear)' as well as additional 'Manual Stimulation' posts