Games That Just Aren’t Worth Finishing or A Night with Adventure Island

For the last year or so I’ve wanted to go through my entire game collection and beat every single game I own that I haven’t finished. Unfortunately that means like over a hundred games. And as most people who play games know, you never stop buying games, especially in today’s day and age where things like Steam Sales are a thing.

While it seems impossible to keep up with that ever expanding game backlog, I still wanted to give it a try, and a few months back, I started with the first game alphabetically in my NES library: Adventure Island.

I streamed Adventure Island for a few nights. I got several worlds in and just gave up. Why? Well, because the game just isn’t really worth finishing.

A little backstory: Adventure Island was one of the first games I got with my NES. I remember getting it for Christmas alongside Double Dragon 2. I’ve played this game a TON over the years but I never beat it. I’d get to about world 3 at the furthest and then hit that game over.

It’s a fun enough game to pop in every once in awhile but I just never got to that point of being able to beat it. When I got older, I started revisiting a lot of old games that I never beat, like Castlevania and some other shit I can’t remember right now. (Go watch my YouTube channel, I’ve done plenty of that beating games nonsense there and I’m much too busy writing this article to go and check for another good example) But Adventure Island. Man. It’s just…too OKAY.

You play as Master Higgins, a little cap wearing cave man islander dude who is searching for his captured girlfriend. You know, the standard NES game story. You initially can run and jump, and that’s it. You start with no way to attack because jumping on enemies means instant death. Lucky for you, if you run into an egg, you get a stone hammer, and other eggs have stuff like a skateboard which makes you faster but also means you can’t stop, and fireballs or rocks or something, that is just a more powerful weapon.

Master Higgins controls super slippery, but after some practice, it’s not too tough to get used to. Until you actually have to deal with slippery floors and incredibly long jumps. The jumping mechanics are a bit wonky too. It’s like you have to be running at top speed to make any distance. Otherwise you’ll fall well short of your target and die. That happens a lot. And then you’ll game over.

There IS a hidden egg that contains the Hudson Honey Bee that will allow you to have unlimited continues provided you press a certain button combo on the title screen after a game over. (Again, too busy writing this to actually look up the combo. I’m sure GameFaqs can help you out.) But…it just gets boring.

After the first world, the second world starts showing you the same level types over and over. The lack of variety of the stages you travel through just get tired. At some point, the level designs are actually exactly the same as earlier stages, just with some tougher enemy placement. And other levels just get stupid difficult with the acrobatic platforming you are expected to do despite Master Higgins’ wonky feet flailing slipperiness and inability to properly jump.

I mean, it’s a fun game to pop in for awhile, but it just seems too long and drawn out. After about three or four worlds, each with the same end boss just with a different looking head, it just feels like you’ve seen all there is to see. So I haven’t finished, it, and probably never will. Just doesn’t feel worth the trouble when the stages get too difficult. It’s not particularly rewarding like other difficult games. Ninja Gaiden is super tough, but you are rewarded with excellent cut scenes, new enemy types in each new level, good tight controlling gameplay and masterfully evil enemy placement the further you go in. You keep coming back for more. Adventure Island get tough and it’s just like…yeah I’m done…just like I’m done writing this because I’m bored talking about it.

Sorry Adventure Island. I still like you. But I don’t like you, like you.

Aaaand if you want, check out this video where I pretty much say the same thing, but only a lot more concise.



Soul Blazer Review

My latest review on Soul Blazer for SNES.

Super Mario Kart on the Braselspective

Forgot to post this to my own webpage!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for NES – Let’s Make It Better! | The Braselspective

This is the first time I’ve made a long video in quite awhile. I hope it everyone enjoys it! I’ll be honest, creating videos this long can be a chore, but the end result is worth it.

I got the idea about this video after reading a TMNT Weapon Power guide on GameFAQs

Don’t forget to check out Magnus Von Black

Cool Ass Final Fantasy VI Cover by Magnus Von Black

I’m gonna use this in my Chrono Trigger VS Final Fantasy VI video. I’m still in the process of writing it. But check this video out. Magnus Von Black is a supremely talented guitar player. Definitely give him a subscribe and listen to his other stuff.


And as a bonus, check out his Chrono Trigger cover too.

The Best Games on Sega Genesis!! | The Braselspective

If you haven’t yet watched this, I know next to nothing about Sega stuff, so this list may be a bit out there. I don’t really know.

I kind of clocked my time creating this video and it took me about 8 hours to finish. It’s not my flashiest video or my longest video, but it’s a good benchmark.

Thanks to Rewind Mike for his small cameo. You should hit him up for a good explanation on why he doesn’t think Castlevania Bloodlines is a real Castlevania game. It’s an interesting point of view and you should harass him to make a video on it. 🙂
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Brasel the Gamer’s Top 100 Games of All Time


The Cartridge Club is doing a collaborative effort to find out what the best 100 games of all time are. I decided to chip in and give them my top 100 games of all time. I’m going to go ahead and post my list here because why the hell not? No fancy explanations or anything though. If you have questions, feel free to comment! I do want to say that it’s pretty easy to see where my love of games lie. NES, SNES, PC, and the PlayStation consoles. I only have 3 Nintendo 64 games and 2 Sega Genesis games on the list. This is also quite a bit different than the last list I did some time ago, because I’m not lumping the Mega Man or Mass Effect series into one entry, for example. Let me know what you think.

  1. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
  2. Final Fantasy VI
  3. Mega Man X
  4. Metal Gear Solid
  5. Mega Man 2
  6. Mega Man 3
  7. Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  8. Super Mario Bros
  9. The Legend of Zelda
  10. Final Fantasy IV
  11. Mega Man 5
  12. Mega Man X2
  13. Final Fantasy Tactics
  14. The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
  15. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
  16. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  17. Super Metroid
  18. Super Castlevania IV
  19. Super Mario Bros. 3
  20. Chrono Trigger
  21. Dragon Age: Origins
  22. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
  23. Super Mario Bros 2
  24. Final Fantasy VII
  25. Mega Man 6
  26. Crystalis
  27. Mega Man 4
  28. Legendary Wings
  29. Galaga
  30. Super Mario World
  31. Shovel Knight
  32. Street Fighter II: Turbo
  33. Mega Man
  34. Diablo II
  35. Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
  36. Donkey Kong (Gameboy)
  37. Actraiser
  38. Quest for Glory VGA
  39. Final Fantasy XII
  40. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
  41. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time
  42. Pokemon Leaf Green
  43. Mass Effect 2
  44. Mass Effect 3
  45. Gradius III
  46. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  47. Donkey Kong Country 2
  48. World of Warcraft
  49. Double Dragon (NES)
  50. Super Mario Land
  51. Ninja Gaiden
  52. Donkey Kong Country
  53. Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario World 2
  54. Final Fantasy VIII
  55. Gradius
  56. Starfox 64
  57. Super Mario Land III: Wario Land
  58. Mega Man 7
  59. Disney’s Aladdin (SNES)
  60. Ducktales
  61. Super Mario Maker
  62. Super C
  63. Contra
  64. Mega Man 9
  65. Tetris
  66. Mario Kart 64
  67. Castlevania
  68. Sonic the Hedgehog
  69. Mega Man X4
  70. Dr. Mario
  71. Illusion of Gaia
  72. Castlevania III
  73. Rock Band 2
  74. NHL 98
  75. Metroid Prime
  76. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
  77. Vandal Hearts
  78. Kirby’s Super Star
  79. Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
  80. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
  81. Lunar Silver Star Story Complete
  82. Diablo
  83. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
  84. Soul Calibur
  85. Space Invaders
  86. Ms. Pac-Man
  87. Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals
  88. Super Mario Kart
  89. Axiom Verge
  90. Final Fantasy V
  91. Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness
  92. Heavenly Sword
  93. Portal 2
  94. Gunpoint
  95. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Arcade Game
  96. Ghostbusters: The Video Game (PS3/Xbox 360)
  97. Angry Birds
  98. Rocket Knight Adventures
  99. King’s Quest VGA
  100. Mario Paint