Even if you’re not a graphics snob, Pugsley’s Scavenger Hunt is one of the ugliest games on the NES. There are no background graphics anywhere, and the colors Ocean used in place of them range from pitch black to vodka tomato sauce to sickly liver green. Pugsley himself is a nightmare. He has cavernous sockets where his eyes should be, and when he dies, his eyes and mouth open in gaping terror.
Don’t let him die right away, though. The Addams Family needs Pugsley to save them from being trapped in their own house. There’s a number of rooms for the Pugs to explore, but few contain more than a couple enemies and the occasional item. His only attack is to jump – jump to kill enemies, jump to collect hearts, jump because that’s what you do in platformers. Regardless of which door you go through, you’ll have a hard time figuring out what part of the house you’re in, where you should go and why you should care. And because the rooms are narrow and don’t have high ceilings, jumping on enemies is more taxing and deadly than it should be.
Above all, Pugsley’s Scavenger Hunt just feels unfinished. Spartan environments and a complete lack of music round out the abysmal platforming. Good luck finding the treasure in this scavenger hunt.
If you’re going through these entries in alphabetical order, we apologize for sounding like a bunch of spanked bottoms. We promise we’ll get to some good games soon. Unfortunately, a fair portion of the NES’ licensed output constitutes as a worldwide tragedy. Indeed, we’re still grieving over Pugsley’s Scavenger Hunt. Whether you play it on Game Boy, SNES, or the NES, it’s a boorish nightmare that continues to take until there’s nothing left.
PUBLISHER: Ocean DEVELOPER: Enigma Variations
RELEASE DATE: 1992 – (EU), 08/1993 – (US)
ALSO AVAILABLE ON: GB, SNES