Wario Land II, now here's the third game.
You might be wondering about that smoke coming out of those trees on the right. Let me explain...
Actually he looks a bit like a GIANT EVIL CLOWN to me, but hey I don't see anyone else around offering a way back to the real world.
Wario Land 2 so far, and Wario's still entirely unkillable. But this time I don't lose any coins when I'm hit. There's no penalty at all, it's just an annoyance.
But hey, I found a key! Probably very useful.
Or maybe they just wanted to make jumping up ledges awkward.
Then he wastes it cutting down a tree on a the world map to unlock the next stage. Shame, for a second I thought I'd actually get to use the thing in gameplay.
Actually it does turn out to be a good thing, because I can slip down through thin ledges to grab the key to the level exit chest.
HEY, you don't suppose there's a connection?
Actually there's no way this is a bottomless pit. The game simply refuses to kill me, and I'm very grateful of that. Not every game would suit an immortal protagonist, but for this they've made it work.
I'm sure there must be some benefit to getting Wario even fatter than he usually is, but I'm not seeing it. Time to work off these pounds.
But it knocks me off the ladder, so I have to avoid the shots to climb up to the top. No risk of death, but the challenge is still there.
Weird, it put me back on the level map but the next stage hasn't opened. I guess I'm going back again, and looking for the grey key this time.
I don't even know why these robots are here, they're totally useless. I can just slam through each of them and move on.
New plan: avoid the robots.
I guess I took a wrong turn somewhere.
One of the barrels is flashing so I'll run over and give it a push.
Wouldn't it be great if that door led to the level exit?
And now I go back and kill that boss.
I've gotta say, I am really tempted to turn this off right now. I'm not a big fan of boss fights generally, especially when I continually lose. But then who does like losing?
Perhaps it's a new pair of overalls.
This is really similar to Wario Land 2, but for some reason I'm enjoying it more. Maybe it's because they're not throwing all those coins and bonus games at me this time, plus I can return to a level after finishing it to find secrets later. It means I can play through more casually without trying to grab everything on a stage in one go.
But I'm done with it now. Next game!