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Wally Bear and the NO! Gang

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Wally Bear and the NO! Gang
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"NO!" Indeed.
Genre(s): Side-scroller
Platform(s): Nintendo Entertainment System
Release: NA: 1992
Developer(s): American Game Cartridges
Publisher(s): American Video Entertainment

Wally Bear and the NO! Gang is an unlicensed video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System released in 1992 and is meant to act as an anti-drug message to kids.

Plot

Wally Bear is told by his parents that his uncle, Gary Grizzly, wishes to throw a party for him and the NO! Gang. Wally must reach his uncle's house before dark or the timer runs out. Along the way to his uncle's place, Wally must also contend with unscrupulous individuals and their antics, including a "hip cool kid" named Ricky Rat who tires to get Wally and the No! Gang to do drugs and other delinquent activities, and a wild trip through run down parts of town and the sewer to get to Uncle Gary's place.

Why You Should Say “NO!” to This Game

  1. The soundtrack is terrible. Either the soundtrack doesn't fit the game, or there are repeated tracks. The Introduction, Level 1 and Game Over screen all share the same song.
  2. The level design is very repetitive. Levels 2 and 4 are very similar, except with different enemies and power-ups.
  3. Without any power-ups, you die in one hit.
    • You need the frisbee power-up to even fight back against enemies. If you get hit after you lose your skateboard speed, you're left defenseless in a game full of enemies.
  4. Slippery and hard to maneuver controls. Precision jumping is an ordeal due to how floaty the jump mechanics are.
  5. The enemies include unoriginal ideas such as animals that come after Wally, such as bulldogs and seagulls. Dogs are easy to dodge simply by jumping, but birds home in on Wally, and are hard to avoid, especially since you die in one hit. Other enemies include climbing snakes and bomb-dropping citizens. The enemies also don't make sense in a world of anthropomorphic animals.
  6. Ugly character designs. The sprites are also quite poor, such as the enemies lack detail.
  7. Enemies are frustrating to deal with. A good example are the seagulls in the first level who will divebomb Wally Bear with almost no warning.
  8. The graphics look dreary and bland. The backgrounds in particular lack color variety.
  9. Lame missions. Most of the levels are skate from point A to B.
  10. Hackneyed anti-drug propaganda of the 1980s that shies away from real issues.
  11. The settings make absolutely no sense. One area has you traverse through an UNDERGROUND LAIR.
  12. The game contains ads for ShockWave and Crossbow, two other titles by American Game Cartridges. The latter game was never even finished, as AGCI went bust first.
  13. The story is also bad: Wally Bear must head to his Uncle's birthday party for his friends. However, all the wrongdoings of the characters are told only by text, not shown.
  14. You don't even fight any boss enemies who are implied to be villains. The stage ends with the conflict being resolved off-screen with no explanation.
  15. There are no continues. A game over means it's back to the beginning of the game.

Videos

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The Shit Scale
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This game/console belongs to the "Very High Category" category of the AVGN's Shit Scale.

Trivia

  • At the end of the game, players would see a hotline for Wally Bear 1-800-HI-WALLY. It stayed active for fifteen years, until it was finally disconnected in 2007.
  • The Angry Video Game Nerd's (Angry Nintendo Nerd at the time) review of this game is his shortest video.
  • The game was originally going to be named Wally Bear and the Just Say No Gang, but was changed to avoid confusion with the advertising campaign Just Say No.

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