Fix-It Felix Jr.

So, this officially makes my Coolest Things I Saw This Weekend list. I mean, when I saw they’d made a Prince of Persia game based on the Prince of Persia movie that in turn was based on the Prince of Persia game, that was a bit too incraption for me, but this is just right. It’s a game from a movie. About arcade games.

Yes, Fix-It Felix Jr., the ’80s-arcade-style game upon which the premise of Wreck-It Ralph, one of my favourite movies, is based.

The game, of course, didn’t really exist before this but it was not-very-loosely based on the old Donkey Kong games, and as I watched the DVD I thought to myself, I bet somebody on the Internet has done this game. As it happens, I was right – and it seems to be the actual Disney folks who put together the movie.

I don’t doubt there are also expanded and improved versions on the Internet somewhere. This will do to waste my time with for now, but I will probably go looking for more later.

Fix it, Felix!

In the meantime, this’ll do, pig. This’ll do. If I could get it on my phone, I would be a happy and completely unproductive man.

I love the arrow-keys-and-space-bar simplicity of this. It’s like a return to the simple, pastoral times of my golden youth, when video games went bloop when you died and ba-ding when you won, and if you pushed your thumbs to the screen or twiddled the batteries in the case you could simultaneously see every different permutation of the character’s movements in a flash.

Remember that? It was like predestination in LCD form.

That sound. That wonderful sound.


About Hatboy

I’m not often driven to introspection or reflection, but the question does come up sometimes. The big question. So big, there’s just no containing it within the puny boundaries of a single set of punctuationary bookends. Who are these mysterious and unsung heroes of obscurity and shadow? What is their origin story? Do they have a prequel trilogy? What are their secret identities? What are their public identities, for that matter? What are their powers? Their abilities? Their haunted pasts and troubled futures? Their modus operandi? Where do they live anyway, and when? What do they do for a living? Do they really have these fantastical adventures, or is it a dazzlingly intellectual and overwrought metaphor? Or is it perhaps a smug and post-modern sort of metaphor? Is it a plain stupid metaphor, hedged around with thick wads of plausible deniability, a soap bubble of illusory plot dependent upon readers who don’t dare question it for fear of looking foolish? A flight of fancy, having dozed off in front of the television during an episode of something suitably spaceship-oriented? Do they have a quest, a handler, a mission statement, a department-level development objective in five stages? I am Hatboy.
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2 Responses to Fix-It Felix Jr.

  1. dreameling says:


    So gratifying.

  2. Pingback: My 8 Bits Worth (Pixels: A Review) | Hatboy's Hatstand

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