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Snake5555555555
1 month ago#21
98. Eye of Cthulhu (9 points)
Nominated by: MetalmindStats (4/5 remaining)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hm6yJzMh2c8

Importance: 1.5
Fear: 3
Snake: 4.5

Honestly, I was a little disappointed with this. Based on the name, I expected the Eye of Cthulhu to be more fearsome than it actually is. Now, I don't think there's anything wrong with the actual sprite work, actually I think the Eye itself is well designed and looks creepy enough, and it stands out amongst the other character designs. However, what really lacks here and ultimately drags it down a bunch, is the way the player goes about interacting with it. The fight seems rather rote and one-note, and the music is not what I imagine at all when I think of "Eye of Cthulhu". I know Terraria isn't specifically trying to be a horror game, but the best horror games should make every battle feel insurmountable with gripping tension as you feel death can come from any wrong move. As far as Terraria concerned, it has the horror elements without actually utilizing the tools that makes it all come together for a frightening experience, and as a result, I just can't rank it any higher.
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Raka_Putra
1 month ago#22
Poltergeist remake is so forgettable and blah...
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MetalmindStats
1 month ago#23
Aw, I was hoping not to lose a nom this soon. :(

For what it's worth (minor spoilers): The Eye of Cthulhu has a chance of attacking near the start of every night until you first defeat it, once you get your health up to a certain point. There's definitely been occasions when I've been underprepared for a boss fight and the telltale message alerting you of its imminent attack has given me the chills. That would only be exacerbated if I was playing on one of Terraria's harder character difficulties, particularly the highest, roguelite difficulty where one death ends your entire character.

Of course I'm biased, but Terraria is one of my favorite games ever. The variably subtle horror slant of a large portion of its lore and visual design is part of the reason why, though admittedly you're right that its gameplay typically doesn't reflect those aspects much.
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Snake5555555555
1 month ago#24
97. Mad Monster Mansion (9 points)
Nominated by: Great_Paul (4/5 remaining)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtwWkuw64yQ

Importance: 2
Fear: 2
Snake: 5

I am very much a fan of introducing horror elements in kid-friendly properties, and Mad Monster Mansion is no exception to this. Stuff like this can be great gateways into building a relationship with horror and things that scare you, and though I don't think Mad Monster Mansion is likely to scare even a little kid all that much, the horror elements on display here would definitely establish an interest in seeking similar things to it, I think. Classic iconography from a hedgerow maze to a voodoo witch doctor to a stained-glass clock tower make Mad Monster Mansion an almost definitive checklist of spooky elements specifically designed as a crash course in horror. Even the music sells this idea quite well, and is maybe the creepiest element of this whole thing. It's cool to see a game like this try something different and also commit to it fully, giving kids and adults alike something to appreciate.
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scarletspeed7
1 month ago#25
Wow you 100%ed Banjo-Kazooie just for this ranking!

I'm kind of surprised how positive you wrote this up given the ratings here. I guess Importance really doesn't play a factor in how glowingly you praise something, but still!
"It is too easy being monsters. Let us try to be human." ~Victor Frankenstein, Penny Dreadful

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Snake5555555555
1 month ago#26
Yeah which I realize is a bit of a flaw with the rankings sometimes. I guess I tend to look to those ratings as more of an informative tool to help others expand their knowledge of a particular nomination than a definitive "this is better than something else" rating, if that makes any sense.
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scarletspeed7
1 month ago#27
Not necessarily a flaw, just surprising!
"It is too easy being monsters. Let us try to be human." ~Victor Frankenstein, Penny Dreadful

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OracleGunner
1 month ago#28
Cool.
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trdl23
1 month ago#29
The Snake rankings are the most important IMO, even though they're weighted the same as the other two.
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Snake5555555555
1 month ago#30
96. Hell Valley Sky Trees (9.5 points)
Nominated by: Great_Paul (3/5 eliminations)
https://i.imgtc.ws/75hMM8H.jpg

Importance: 1
Fear: 2.5
Snake: 6

Speaking of creepy things in kids games, here we have the Hell Valley Sky Trees, creepy looking figures that appear off in the distance in Shiverburn Galaxy. It's difficult to discern their purpose or reason for even being in the game, but some sources I read say they're references to Japanese spirts known as Kodama, a tree spirit that curses anyone who cuts down a tree in inhabits. Interesting stuff to have in a Mario game for sure! They're mildly unsettling especially in the context of the game itself, but nothing I would lose sleep over. Still, it's intriguing that something like this exists in the first place.
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