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Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure, was released in November of 1994 for the Sega Genesis and a short while later for the Super Nintendo. Growing up I played it on the SNES so it only seemed right I use that version of the game for my review, although the two versions are exactly the same on either console. More importantly however is the fact that this gem is now available on the Wii virtual console. You could take my word for it and go download it now. This one is an absolute no-brainier in my mind, an absolutely fun and insane title that will keep you laughing with giddy pleasure until the very end. Unfortunately many people in the gaming community may have missed out on this grade A title due to the timing of its release. Sonic and Knuckles and Earth Worm Jim were released the same year as Boogerman, creating a scenario where Boogerman fell through the cracks of favoritism.
Boogerman’s story begins with a fancifully disgusting plot-line. Snotty Ragsdale AKA Boogerman goes to check out a machine Professor Stinkbaum is working on creating. In no time all goes wrong, the machine explodes, Professor Stinkbaum lets out one hell of a sneeze opening the portal to god knows what. Snotty Ragsdale turns into his alter ego, Boogerman, and enters the portal without fear to investigate the situation. Okay…seriously, read that paragraph again. How could you not love this storyline. If I was about four years old that would be the most awesome story I ever heard, and even still playing it again brought out my inner child.
Once inside the world the Professor has created, we are introduced to fun and inventive characters and scenery, all created around the idea of mostly, snot. That’s right, a world of boogers, snot, farts, and burps. How does this get any better? The game is quality. There is a foreground to the game. Boogerman jumps onto the limbs of snot trees and hides behind them as he dashes across the screen. hold onto smiley snot ropes as you climb past your enemies. If you get bored with any of that, flush yourself down one of the randomly placed toilets to face the vulgar sewage underneath.
The art style of that game reminds me of Ren and Stimpy and the controls are fantastic to go along with it. Hold the fart button longer to make booger man strain with a giant plume of toxic flatulence, Turn your enemies into liquid waste with a burp from the lower bowels, and we mustn’t forget the simple task of digging deep into boogerman’s nose to flick the largest snotty mess you can find. The bosses are actually challenging, and as easy as it would’ve been to lower the quality of the game due to the stupidity of its nature, that’s not what this game is about. It’s actually quite challenging, impressive, and enjoyable.
Sound-wise and Graphically speaking the game does well for itself too, for its time this would’ve been one of the better looking games. As hilarious as it is to watch it’s still that much more fun to listen too. Fart noises, splashing made by all kinds of bodily fluids, and burps that shake the screen make the environment of the game more enjoyable. The music is serious but in a funny way. The rest of the game can’t be taken seriously and because of that the music seems totally out-of-place and completely in the right place all at the same time. To Boogerman everything is an action film and the music behind him reflects that hypocrisy.
Did I mention you could hock a loogie if you drink milk?
If you ever see this game anywhere for any system, or if you have a Nintendo Wii you should buy or download it without a second thought. This game is the true meaning of fun and it’s a game that should not be missed. People that got caught up in the awesome gaming year that was 1994 may have missed this title, but you owe it to yourself to go find this game and play it. It’s a treasure to behold.
4.5 Out of five
-People who are looking for more of a storyline may be disappointed.
Nothing else. Jeez o peats will you just go download it!