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Raya Systems

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Raya Systems was an American health company specializing in electronic media designed to inform people about medical conditions like diabetes, asthma and the negative effects of smoking. They are best known for publishing four games on the SNES, Captain Novolin a platformer about diabetes, Rex Ronan: Experimental Surgeon a run and gun about the negative effects of smoking, Bronkie the Bronchiasaurus a platformer about asthma, and Packy & Marlon another platformer about diabetes. They also had a 5th game that was also planned but was cancelled, The AIDS Avenger.

Games published

Developed by Sculptured Software

Developed by WaveQuest

  • Bronkie the Bronchiasaurus
  • Packy & Marlon

Why Their Games Sucked

  1. There were much better ways to cover information on diabetes, asthma or smoking addiction, ones that didn’t compete with other video games, as children with those medical conditions weren’t likely to have been interested with those games and were much better off with other games like Super Metroid, as Kim Justice said in his review of Captain Novolin.
  2. Like Wisdom Tree, their games are littered with quizzes that only exist to reward the player with points.
  3. Their games have annoying music.
  4. Their games have awkward controls, hit detection and level design.
  5. The endings to their games are basically being rewarded with a key to the city.
  6. Their games never appeared on the Sega Genesis, showing that they were milking the SNES.
  7. While it is appreciated that their games were translated to Spanish and you can choose the language before playing, in an age where that was very rare in games localized to America, their games were not marketed in Hispanic countries (the United States and Canada only) so it is known, so this feature is useless.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Their games provide a concrete example of what can happen when your blood sugar goes too high, when you have asthma attacks or when you smoke too much.
  2. Raya's main aim with their games was that they hoped to give sick children something to play while they were at the hospital.
  3. Their games were translated to Spanish and you can choose the language before playing, in an age where that was very rare in games localized to America.

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