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Publisher: Chronic Logic    Genre: Arcade
Min OS X: Any Version    CPU: G3 @ 1000 MHz    RAM: 256 MB    Graphics: 32 MB VRAM

October 15, 2004 | Ian Beck

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Perhaps it started with Prince of Persia, running and jumping through the underbelly of a Persian castle with only your sword, wits, and quick reflexes to save you from a messy death and deliver you into the arms of your princess. Then later maybe it was Earthworm Jim, dodging falling cows and cracking your wormy head at the enemy. Or maybe it was Ferazel's Wand. If you owned a console, almost certainly it was Mario.

It differs from person to person, but the simple fact is that most gamers have played (and often loved) a side scrolling platformer or two. The platformer is a staple of the arcade genre. It's such a staple that it has almost been over-used.

And now onto the oft-explored platformer scene comes a little title called Gish from the good people over at Chronic Logic. This game is a side-scroller, it's a platformer, but it also is highly original, addictively fun, and the best shareware game I have played in a long, long time. Forget Unreal Tournament 2004, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, or Homeworld 2. You don't need the greatest system or a fifty dollar game to have a lot of fun; all you need is Gish.

For those who have no idea what this game is about, here's a summary: you are a ball of tar named Gish. You have a girlfriend named Brea, and while the two of you were on a romantic walk, Brea was snatched from you and down a nearby manhole. Heroically you plunged down after her, and now you are traveling through the sewers, facing strange villains and devious traps, to rescue Brea from who-knows-what.

If this sounds strange, it's because it is. However, thanks to the brilliance of Chronic Logic and Edmund McMillen it works. Oh yes, does it ever work

And with that stunning endorsement, I shall proceed on to the meat and potatoes of Gish.


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