Favorite Unappreciated THQ Published Titles
Devil Dice was one of the most addictive action/puzzle games ever released on the PS1 – some may argue even more addictive than Tetris. The premise was simple, you control a little devil that runs on top of a dice, flipping the dice and moving them as you go. Your only goal is to clear the table by matching adjacent dice that have the same number showing on the common side. Sounds simple but when coupled with an amazing amount of Electronica with all sorts of genres, including Ragtime Jazz, Reggae, and Rock, you will quickly become obsessed. We honestly think most people skipped over this title upon release because of its strange concept and simple graphics, despite it’s amazing gameplay. Devil Dice is easily placed in the highest ranks of puzzlers on any system.
Destroy All Humans
When Grand Theft Auto III arrived on the PS2, it was only a matter of time before publishers jumped on the bandwagon to capitalize on the “gangster” sandbox genre. THQ and Pandemic Studios went a different route when they introduced us to a Jack Nicholson sounding alien named Cryptosporidium 137 (Crypto for short) in Destroy All Humans. Set in the ’50s and with an overall goal to harvest the DNA from human brain stems, and spearhead an alien invasion of Earth, Crypto’s adventure had a lot going for it. Being able to pilot a UFO, perform psychokinesis abilities, and take on the identity of various humans was fun, but how many titles allow you to perform an Anal Probe? Sure, it wasn’t the most polished title available and the numerous lackluster sequels quickly depleted the humor and charm of the series but under a new publisher, Crypto may succeed next time in total world domination.
If we had to explain De Blob for the Wii in four words it would be a “coloring book on steroids.” The basic structure of the game is similar to Katamari. You play the part of De Blob, jumping around a gray world, painting the town red (or green, yellow, orange, etc.) Meanwhile the evil ‘Inkies’ are dead set on keeping things dull and rubbing you out. The gameplay was fun, the music was compelling and it even received positive reviews from a bevy of video game websites. A sequel was released on the Wii, Xbox 360, PS3 and DS but the series never really found its audience. Maybe it was the childlike cartoon graphics and bright usage of colors that deterred gamers from experiencing its addictive and charming gameplay. We don’t really know the exact reason, but we know one thing is for sure, De Blob needs to continue to be a part of our lives.