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The Ottifants (Genesis)

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Description

Bruno is a baby Ottifant. It's an ordinary evening, and Bruno's dad is working late at office. Reason enough for Bruno's vivid imagination to run riot, thinking that his dad has been kidnapped by aliens! Jelly babies, that fell from his father's pocket on the way to work, blaze a trail to the office. Now it's up to Bruno to fight his way through hordes of terrorizing toys, Ottifant-eating plants, tear through gloomy caverns of doom and cut across a perilous jungle - workaday objects and boringly normal settings as seen through kids' eyes - and rescue his dad!

The Ottifants for the SEGA Game Gear is a 2D side-scrolling platformer where the player controls Bruno through five worlds: starting with the house and the basement, through to the building site, the office and finally the jungle, whereas each world is in turn divided into three stages. Bruno's primary weapon is his trunk, which gives him the ability to blast enemies by firing sweets at them, or suck in objects like out-of-reach platforms or boxes by holding down the Fire-button. Furthermore, yellow, green and red lollies are spread throughout the stages. Gathering three of them activate one of Bruno's special skills and can - depending on the colour combination - transform the baby Ottifant into Superfant with the ability to fly, boost his speed with Speedy Shoes, give an extra Continue and more.

Picking up jelly babies, blasting enemies and collecting papers gives points and raises Bruno's score up to a fixed value of 9,999 pts. There are several entrances to secret rooms hidden in the five worlds. But, unlike the Genesis-version, the rooms are quite small and basic and there is no 1,000 point reward by completing them. On the whole there are two different tunes backing your journey through the game: one for the stages and one for the boss enemies. The varied background music and sound effects of the Genesis-game are completely missing, as is one entire world: The Garden.

Screenshots

The Ottifants Genesis The Office ~ Moving up to the exit.
The Ottifants Genesis The Garden ~ 'K 93'-symbols are incorporated into the artwork. Those can be seen spread throughout the whole game.
The Ottifants Genesis The Garden ~ This switch activates a platform on the other side of the stage.
The Ottifants Genesis The House ~ Toys rule the land.

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The Press Says

Sega Magazin (Germany) Sep, 1993 84 out of 100 84
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Feb, 1994 10 out of 12 83
Mega Fun Oct, 1993 80 out of 100 80
Power Unlimited Mar, 1994 7.5 out of 10 75
Video Games Nov, 1993 66 out of 100 66
neXGam Dec 27, 2009 6 out of 10 60
Sega-16.com Jul 25, 2011 6 out of 10 60
Gamers (Germany) Jan, 1994 C 50

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Trivia

The game is based on the comic characters created by the German comedian Otto Waalkes.
Masakari (707) added The Ottifants (Genesis) on Jun 30, 2008
Other platforms contributed by chirinea (34226)