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Stumbling and Fumbling: Those Tricky Spots in Games We Struggled With


We all have them– those spots in games that get us completely stuck. Either they’re completely obtuse in design or simply difficult in general. The following is a list of such sequences, areas, and spots in both classic and modern games. The purpose of this article is to elaborate on specific spots in classic games that got me scratching my head in bewilderment and most of the time, calling a video game tips hotline counselor when applicable. Hopefully this article won’t give you too many bad memories and horror stories of these spots! What I do hope this article will give you are plenty of moments where you go “yes, I experienced trouble here too” and other memories of possibly even overcoming such spots all on your own. After you’ve read the examples, name your own trouble spots that got you stuck way back when in the past or now in the present.

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (GEN) – The Barrel of Doom

This particular problem spot occurs in the fourth zone of Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Carnival Night Zone, Act 2, to be exact. While there are multiple red and white barrels sprinkled throughout the zone, they are totally optional. However, there is one near the tale end of Act 2 that Sonic is forced to pass.

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Which Castlevania is the Best?

Alright.  So on Episode 118 of the Nintendo Okie Podcast there was a big debate as to whether Castlevania II was actually good or not.  Pretty much everyone on the show, with the exception of Shelby, said that it’s just a bad game.  Then the forums jumped to Shelby’s defense saying it was a good game, but one of those games that was so bad that it’s good.  I would agree there are games like that, but I can’t say that Castlevania II is one of those games.  So our question this week is this, “What Castlevania game is your favorite?”  Let us know by casting your vote below then leave us a comment telling us whether you think Castlevania II is a good game or not.   I’m willing to be proven wrong on this one.