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Take your Best Shot is a collection of Windows goodies and games based on the animations of Bill Plympton. The subtitle promises “Twisted Arcade Games for Twisted Minds”. In truth, the three games included are rather crude adaptations of Breakout, Pong and Baseball.

The main attraction is an interactive version of the dispute between the two cartoon characters Joe and his Boss. Both humiliate each other with bizarre weaponry. For example, Joe blows his Boss’ head off with a cannon; his superior takes his revenge in working Joe’s head with a lawnmower. You may choose the type of assault.

Additional material on the CD includes a couple of uninspired “flying heads” screensavers, nice desktop wallpapers and a collection of icons and sound samples.

All of the animation in Take Your Best Shot is taken from the animated short film Push Comes To Shove (1991). The program contains no further, let alone new art. More information on Bill Plympton can be found in the trivia and links sections.


Take Your Best Shot Windows 3.x Joe and his boss argue.
Take Your Best Shot Windows 3.x Head Shot game: a Breakout clone.
Take Your Best Shot Windows 3.x The title artwork
Take Your Best Shot Windows 3.x Line Shot game: a baseball clone.

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Bill Plympton is a cartoonist and film-maker, whose 1987 animated short film Your Face earned him an Academy Award nomination. He reached the peak of his popularity in the mid-90s, when some of his animations aired on MTV. Take Your Best Shot dates back to this time. Here is what the back of the box has to say about Plympton:

“Bill Plympton is known around the world for his witty, bizarre and cutting-edge animation and illustration. An Academy Award nominee, he has won the Jury Prize at Cannes and garnered dozends of prestigeous prizes at film and animation festivals worldwide. Plympton’s feature-length films include J. Lyle and The Tune, the source of the animation in Take Your Best Shot.”

Note: The last statement is wrong. Although the two combatants have a cameo in The Tune, the animation is taken from the short film Push Comes To Shove.

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-Chris (7604) added Take Your Best Shot (Windows 3.x) on Sep 17, 2000