Greetings, gamers! This is a
special edition of the 'Vault because it marks the second anniversary of this
fine column. I planned to do something to commemorate it, but I decided to just
write it like I always do.
Before I do, I need to make a correction. During my review I mistakenly said the
voiceover sounded like Groucho Marx. However Tim
Snider said that the voiceover
was actually comic legend Henry Youngman, the same that that supposedly coined
the "Take my wife! Please!" one liner. Anyway thanks
for the info, Tim.
Anyway, this month I'd decided to feature two ads for three games, all for the
Colecovision. First is an ad for Time Pilot and Mr. Do, and second is the
Smurfs. (Don't look at me that way!)
Time Pilot/Mr. Do
The first ad is for Time Pilot and Mr.
Do. It simply features a gameplayer trying out both
hits while offering his own comments.
"Now playing on Colecovision: Mr. Do and Time Pilot, two of the best new games
for the best system made. This is Time Pilot, a battle with aircraft form the
past and the future."
"Homing missiles. Got em! Uh oh, blue bombers!"
"And this is Mr. Do. Mow a path to his fruit and start picking but don't get
"Nice shot! Mr. Do and Time Pilot, now playing on Colecovision.
THE BEST SYSTEM IN TOWN KEEPS GETTING BETTER."
Game player at work.
"Watch out, evil aircraft!"
What makes you guys so sure?
I know what you're thinking, why would I
do the Smurfs? Because it's a Coleco game as a well as a children's cartoon, so
quiet! In this ad we find a group of kids enjoying the
Smurfs game when the father comes along and sees
what's going on. We're then treated to some gameplay screens, as the kids cheer
the Smurf on, replacing several words with 'Smurf', just like the Smurfs do. By
then end of the ad the father makes a fool out of himself. One of the kids
simply says, "Dad, maybe Smurfs is too exciting for you."
"Hey Dad. Check out this Smurfin' game."
The player Smurfs his way to the end.
"Look at me! I'm excited about a children's game."
The father just made a complete Smurf out of himself.
I guess I should address the future of the Commercial Vault. As we may have
guessed, Retrogaming Times may not have much of a future left. I've often
questioned continuing this feature, but I decided to keep going for right now.
Plus the CD-Rom featuring my ads is coming along slowly but surely and should be
out by the beginning of next year, if then. That's all for now, so tune in next
month for more TV goodness.