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'Magnet School: Extra Credit


Anything Else? – The best alternative I know of to Funky Jet’s genre-defying freedom of movement is unsurprisingly a homebrew creation, Inyou Douji Monogatari, which allows players to fly around at will in somewhat similar fashion, though its levels tend to be more confining. One “official” release which taps into this same spirit is actually an earlier and much more “traditional” title called Rod-Land. You get around mainly by climbing ladders, as your character isn’t even able to jump - the cool part is that you can create a ladder out of thin air, ascending or descending, pretty much any time you want, though only one “insta-ladder” can exist at a time. You can use this ability not only to traverse the landscape but to mislead and trap enemies, whom you actually want to leave alive (if possible) until you can activate a temporary “Extra” mode, during which they’ll start coughing up extra lives. If you’d like to experience another unique Mitchell puzzler which has passed WAY below most gamers’ radar, Ko no e Tako is as fitting a candidate as you’re likely to find: its official page is here.


…and with that, I finally lay down my chalk, for good this time.

At this point you have experienced pretty much every worthwhile thing I know about obscure puzzle games: I declare your “formal” lessons for this curriculum to be over. That said, you and I are not quite finished with each other yet – after all, what’s an education without a little pomp and circumstance to top it off? Next week I will be delivering your graduation speech: I do hope you’ll stop by, as I intend to leave you with a few final things to think about before taking my leave. That’s all – for the final time, class is dismissed.
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About BulletMagnetone of us since 9:04 PM on 10.04.2008

Thanks kindly for paying my blog a visit.

I'm currently looking for paid writing gigs, so if you might want anything written shoot me a message (craighats at hotmail dot com).

In case the contents of this blog don't make it obvious enough, I have something of an affinity for slightly "offbeat" titles, so if there's something out there that few others cover, there's a fair chance I'm at least somewhat up on it.

If there's any sort of (reasonable) inquiry you'd like me to address, please don't hesitate to be in touch.

Below are a handful of recaps and other links (oldest listed first by section), in case you're interested - asterisks mark promoted articles.


'Magnet School


Curriculum: Puzzle Games

Course 1: Ochige 101
Course 2: Tossology
Course 3: Ochige 201
Course 4: Phys. Ed
Course 5: Ochige 301 (Adv.)
Course 6: Free Elective
Course 7: Ochige 401 (Hon.)
Course 8: Extra Credit
Graduation Speech



King of Fighters: Orochi Saga
Ar Tonelico II - Part 1 and Part 2
Prinny and Street Fighter IV
King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match
Nintendo DS
*King of Fighters XII
How-To: Atelier Annie
How-To: Mushihime-sama Futari


The Forgotten Essentials

Part 1: RPGs
Part 2: Shmups
Part 3: Fighters
Part 4: Puzzlers


The Obscurer Tribune



Monthly Musings/Writers Wanted

The Fear: The End
*A Time to Destroy: I Cast Thee Out
*Expanded Universes: Triple Triad X
*Those About to Die: Nocturne's Demons
*Untapped Potential: The Second Dimension
*I Suck at Games: and I'm Here to Help
*The Forgotten: Real Life
*Love/Hate: The Weirdo, The Wall, and The Beast
*The Future: A Refreshing Cup of Hemlock
*More Than Just Noise: Digital Cheese LIVE
East vs. West: Where The Old Gods Dwell
Resolutions: Fresh Flowers
Collaboration: IF Only...
Violence: The Gatekeepers


Assorted Ramblings

Why Am I Here? (intro)
Non-Portable Portable Gaming
Hating the Unhateable
*Soul Bubbles, Mickey Mouse, Journey of the Self
Dreamcast: The Other Shmup Machine
One-Year Anniversary Reflections
Shmups: Gaming's EOE


Non-DT Writing


Saturn Shooter Rundown
PS1 Shooter Rundown
PS2 Shooter Rundown
Shmups 101
Shmups That Defined the Genre
"Hidden Gem" Shmups


Shadow Hearts


Unofficial Shmup Glossary (shmups.com, WIP)
My Backloggery (Warning: Inherent Shamefulness May Be Too Intense for Some Readers)