So...what do we have here?
Libble Rabble [Action Puzzle Game]
Japanese Game Box Front
Boy, Can That Dude Teach Those Shrooms Or What?
Year: 1994 (Originally 1983)
Developer(s) and Others: Namcot/Namco
# of Players: 1 or 2
# of Saves: None
Estimated Market Value as of 06/15/2007: $10 - $20 (U.S. Dollars, USD)
Other Info: Comes with controller overlay (As shown on box)
Libble Rabble...My first ever import game. Think of a combination of Qix and with those pegboard/elastic
band sets you played with in kindergarten. Players use a magical rope -- coincidentally named Libble Rabble
-- to cordon off a section of the field and round up mushroom and other odd little creatures.
- Written by GreenPuyo -
Nicely summarized by GreenPuyo, this is a very simple classic that
Namco made way back when an Arcade Machine easily mesmerized the world. A version of this game also exists for the Sharp X68000, which was a nice platform by the way (Japanese PC). The general story behind it is that some guy gives you the "Libble Rabble", a tool
that can give farmers happiness and keep the creeps away from what belongs to you. The graphics are lousy by
the standards of today or 1994 (Minus the cool cartoon images), but then again, the game is merely a re-release of a much older game, so it's cool. Namco has
been recreating classics for years...even on PS2, so this isn't really surprising in the slightest. The sound is simple.
I like it because it gives the game a fun atmosphere with its old school beeps and catchy ditties.
The gameplay is exactly like GreenPuyo says. To explain
a little more, you control two arrows (Red and Blue) that must make concave (or convex or whatever...) polygons and such to fix the soil. Make
squares, circles, whatever...so long as the arrows meet to close the shape. Do this to the entire soil and uncover treasure
and other goodies. Your goal is to round up the creatures. Don't let the baddies touch either arrow though or you lose. The game also gives you the interesting feature to mess around with an "artificial" Arcade Machine Cabinet. You can change certain features like you would on an Arcade Machine's circuit board like Dip Switches and more. It basically functions as an options menu, but it's a nice throwback to the 80's. I like the game a lot.
- Written by Vyse the determined -
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