One of the things Rare did oh-so-well back in the Super NES, Nintendo 64 and even early Xbox 360 days was writing. In particular, the games they made packed more puns and innuendo than gamers could shake a stick at, and that always managed to pull a chuckle from me during play.
It’s because of one of those very same puns that I’ll be backing Yooka-Laylee, the not-so-official Banjo-Kazooie/Rare platformer revival from the recently formed Playtonic Games.
The Kickstarter page for this already massively successful crowdfunding effort just updated with the artwork and name for a brand new character: Trowzer the business snake. That’s right. Trowzer snake.
The puns don’t stop there. This business snake will “take your money and count it (he’s an Adder…),” explains Creative Lead Gavin Price. That pun made me audibly groan the first time I read it. And I loved it.
“Trowzer thinks of himself as the best salesman ever, but with his downbeat appearance and 1980’s mobile phone, life never took off for him.”
Trowzer is the character that sells moves to Yooka and Laylee, and you’ll interact with him and his goofy phone aplenty.
Creative Artist Steve Mayles talked about his silly design.
“I didn’t want him to be a snake in the traditional sense, and when Gav suggested he should have shorts on (do I have to add shorts to all of my characters?!), a great idea for this was his body could curl back up through the other leg hole. So he’ll move with a certain springiness, which will be fun to animate.”
I get that it might seem sort of silly to read that I’m backing a game because of a series of puns; but, that’s what made Rare’s work so special to me back when I played their games constantly.
Yooka-Laylee has already raised more than $2.3 million, so they hardly need my help. I’m giving it anyways, all thanks to Trowzer who is apparently not as bad at making deals as Playtonic thinks he is.