In this weekly column, we’ll be selecting inexpensive, discarded titles from still playable consoles for your perusal. They may be games you’ve heard of and remember playing, or they may be games that have flown completely off of your radar. Just know that we love them and they’re available on the cheap. That’s a bonafide win/win situation.
If you have any favorite titles that you consider hidden gems, let us know in the comments below and we might feature your pick in the weekly column.
Platform: PlayStation 2
Original Release: March, 2002
Mister Mosquito is weird.
This very Japanese games puts players in control of a single mosquito as flies in individual rooms and feeds on specific family members. The Yamada family will perform their daily routine while you come up with ways to distract them, land on the and have lunch.
Have a look at a quick gameplay video we found on YouTube for a better understanding of what, exactly, you do in this game. Hint: it involves being a mosquito.
The game launched to decently positive reception, but its sales were only strong in Japan. The rest of the world, it seems, was not ready for mosquito flying action. As such, the only country to enjoy the game’s sequel, in which the Yamada family wins a vacation to Hawaii, was Japan.
Be warned, this game’s mechanics and gameplay wear a bit thin over time. Sure, it’s a great concept at first; but, you’ll tire of it probably before you ever get around to wrapping up the challenges it bears.
Fun for a quick sting (har-har), I recommend this one to those folks that like trying, buying and collecting weird games…like me. It’s not for everyone, but those that enjoy quirkiness will dig this tiny adventure.
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