Harley's Humongous Adventure (Nintendo SNES, 1994)
|Inspired by such films as The Incredible Shrinking Man and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Harley's Humongous Adventure puts players in control of the shrunken hero as he runs, jumps, swims, flies, and otherwise searches his house for the scattered pieces of his destroyed shrinking machine. During the mission, he'll be attacked by bees, flies, ticks, and other creatures, and must get past a number of toys, office supplies, and other household items. Certain other objects (such as nails, tacks, and marbles) are useful as weapons. The action is varied, and the giant-sized objects and creatures provide a harrowing (if goofy) environment. Also, the music is funky and the sound effects are realistic. However, this game, which is fun but falls short of being hugely entertaining, could use some work in terms of background detail and character animation.
The player controls Harley, a man in a green suit who has shrunk himself to size of a bar of soap. The player's mission is to gather parts of Harley's (presumably) now-destroyed shrinking machine to return him to normal size. As the player advances through levels, they pick items such as tacks, rubberbands and marbles. The many locations the player adventures through is Harley's lab where the initial incident occurs, Harley's Kitchen, Harley's toy room, where the player pilots a toy tank by himself, Harley's Bathroom, and other stages. The Box Art (at right) was created for EA by veteran gaming illustrator Marc Ericksen and features Harley blasting out of the kitchen sink, holding a red plastic push pin for scale reference.
This is an old school 2D platform game. Enemies include flies, bees, ants and the main boss is a deformed rat that tries to jump on the player, and after each encounter utilizes a household item for the limb he lost in the last encounter. Visually, the game utilizes a mix of pixel art for the stage backgrounds, the menus and most objects, and digitized clay animation models for all characters. The clay animation was produced by A-OK Animation, who had also worked on Claymates, another Super NES game featuring a somewhat similar graphical style.
|Publisher||Hi Tech Expressions|
|Game||Harley's Humongous Adventure|
|Platform||Super Nintendo Entertainment System|
|Number of Players||1|
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