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Discussion in 'Muppet Merchandise' started by Fluffets, Apr 10, 2009.

  1. Fluffets

    Fluffets New Member

    Hello everyone. After reading RedPiggy's Labyrinth video game thread I made this one. I have some suggestions that might interest you.

    The Muppet Game! - This video game is about Kermit The Frog going back to the swamp and missing his friends. This makes up the first half of gaming in it. So he sets off on his bike and then you spend a level avoiding traffic on the road. Then he continues his quest in a series of minigames to find his friends. Gonzo joins NASA to help find his parents again, with the help of his chickens and Bunsen and Beaker also work there. The Electric Mayhem go on a music tour in their bus with Rowlf. Fozzie becomes a waiter. Swedish Chef makes food in the same restaraunt as Fozzie. Rizzo and Pepe join the police force. And Piggy works at a bakery. In the game you find Piggy last. Then the second half revolves around the reunited gang holding together a show at the Muppet Theatre. And you have to play as multiple characters to do so.

    Labyrinth: The video game - An adaption of the movie.

    Dark Crystal - In this you get to play as Jen and also you swap between The Mystics and The Skeksis.

    Please tell me what you think! :)
     
  2. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I've been thinking about this subject lately. I have noticed that the Muppets have never done the same kind of video game twice. There's only one go-kart game, one Mario Party-style game, one pinball game...

    I also thougt, wouldn't it be cool if there were some kind of Donkey Kong parody with the Muppets? Kermit could be in the Mario role, Miss Piggy can be Pauline, and Donkey Kong could be portrayed by either Sweetums, Doglion, or Mean Mama.
     
  3. Fluffets

    Fluffets New Member

    What game would this fit into? I've thought of my ideas, including a whole plot for The Muppet Game. If you thought of an idea and title I'd be happy to read your idea.:D
     
  4. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I really want to see a HIGH quality muppet game... something aside of the usual Mini-game... remember, Muppet games based off of smaller minigames has been around since Atari 2600's Pigs in Space. But no standard side scrollers either. The Muppets for Game Boy Color was disastrously bad.

    And this day and age, Video games based on old properties are big deals. Look at Ghostbusters. There's no way that GB3 will ever be made, and the DTV animated movie didn't happen... the video game is the thing that's really rebooting the franchise (by the way, the animated DTV was pretty much transformed into the video game). I think the Muppets need that sort of boost, but they just need a team that knows how to make them playable.
     
  5. Fluffets

    Fluffets New Member

    What does DTV stand for? Plus I read on wikipedia and the ghostbusters game hasn't been released yet.:D
     
  6. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't say that the game boy color game was bad, but it is my least favorite of the Muppet videos games I've played, and it sure was hard. Has anybody here ever beaten that game? I've only managed to rescue Sam the Eagle.

    I wonder if Disney plans to make a vidoe game based on The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made. Of course, it would be interesting if Disney made "The Greatest Muppet Video Game Ever Made" as a tie-in not directly related to the movie. I remember when I heard of The Simpsons Game I wondered if it would have been based on the movie (since the game and the movie came out a few months apart). Of course it wasn't, but I did wonder that (heck, I also wondered, wishfully thinking, if it might have been a home release o The Simpsons arcade game).

    I have noticed that in just about every Muppet video game (though I don't know about Muppet Monster Adventure) that the player can choose what level/ stage to play, even if the game has an actual plot. It would be great to have a Muppet video game where the players don't get to choose the order of levels and stages they play.

    And I keep thinking that a Muppet Robin Hood game would be great to have.
     
  7. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Now that I think about it, the ultimate Muppet video game should have been made/ attempted back when Henson still owned the Muppets, and would have combined all major Muppet universes, featuring the casts of The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, Bear in the Big Blue House, and maybe other Henson productions that would be considered "Muppets" (like Sam and Friends and Land of Gortch). And maybe some creaure shop characters could have been included, such as the characters from The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, The StoryTeller, Dinosaurs, and Farscape.
     
  8. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    How about an idea called "Curse of the Mupet Theater"? The plot would invovle a curse put on the theater, and the Muppets would need to do a series of tasks in order to end the curse. Maybe the Old Gypsy Lady could be brought back as the final boss, or maybe a new character could be introduced and repsonsible. Or maybe Taminella Grinderfall can be responsible.

    The first few levels could take place before the show starts, and then the Mupets would have to worry about how to do the remaining tasks while running the show. And there can be the occassional mini-bonus games (I really like the bonus games that appear in plot-based video games like Sonic the Hedgehog). Perhaps some can be inspired by actual episodes and sketches. For example, one bonus game can involve The Swedish Chef battling lobsters. And some stages of the curse could be related to existing epsidoes. Beaker could fall into Bunsen's copying machine, but unlike the Mac Davis epsidoe, all Beaker clones would turn evil, and you'd have to chose a character to attempt to destroy all of the evil clones. And maybe the Koozebanian Phoob could turn into Kermit and try to take over the theater. And Miss Piggy can turn into a stone statue, and you'd need to find the spell to turn her back.

    And for original and semi-original stages of the curse, some of the Muppets would suddenly shrink, and you'd have to avoid stepping on them while trying to figure out how to bring them back to normal size. And, in an idea taken from two Darkwing Duck episodes and sort of also inspired by the Tiny Toons game for Sega, a group of evil hats would try to take over, jumping on characters heads and taking over their personalities (for this you'd have to play as Fozzie, The Swedish Chef, or another hat-wearing character). And perhaps termites can invade the theater and chew on the roof of the theater.
     
  9. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Direct to video as in direct to video movie. Originally, there was supposed to be a film called Ghostbusters Hadesbound (due to the censorship on the board, I can't use the real title), and it was to feature all the GB actors reprising their roles in a CGI animated form. It wasn't meant to be GB3, but a separate movie in its own right. Seems they borrowed the plot from the movie and put it in the video game.

    And I know it hasn't been released yet, but the buzz about the project alone kick started the franchise, getting Sony to loosen up and release the full cartoon series (only available so far at Time Life). As well as a web exclusive Ghostbusters toy line by Mattel and the Four Horsemen. The game, and the fact it's the 25th anniversary of the original film, really kick started the franchise, and I don't see how something like that wouldn't help the Muppets.... IF the game was good enough.
     
  10. Fluffets

    Fluffets New Member

    Good point. Well said. :D
     
  11. Fluffets

    Fluffets New Member

    Cool although I find it a little ironic and coincidental that if they do release a game called ""The Greatest Muppet Video Game Ever Made" it probably WILL be The Greatest Muppet Video Game Ever Made by 100 miles! I still like my idea though about kermit being split up from his friends and reuniting again. This thread isn't all about me though so I like reading other peoples ideas. And these games should be released in a group, as a series and there should be muppeteer tributes in the credits.
     
  12. Fluffets

    Fluffets New Member

    I have another idea. Its a music game called "The Muppets: Face the music!" And you can choose from a variety of characters. I'll list the choice:

    Kermit.
    Animal.
    Floyd Pepper.
    D.r Teeth.
    Janice.
    Fozzie.
    Piggy.

    And as you progress through it you can get powers and new areas and upgrades. You also get bonus characters. I'll list them:

    Marvin Suggs.
    Bert.
    Ernie.
    Sam the american eagle.
    Digit.
    Big Bird.
    Whatnots.
    Scooter.
    Gonzo.
    Rowlf.

    And as a bonus, when you've completed the game you can unlock the muppet version of Jim Henson. I haven't thought of whether it involves singing, dancing or playing. Please add your suggestions. :)
     
  13. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Perhaps a better title could be "The Greatest Muppet Video Game Ever! (So Far)". And to add some irony, maybe the first few levels could be really lame on purpose. aybe have one or two levels with 1970s-style videogame graphics and no moving screen (perhaps a character can be in a maze for one level, and in another a character would play a game, like checkers or table tennis, against another character), and then a few levels with 1980s-style graphics and a scroll screen (perhaps, like in Super Mario bros., it could be impossible to move the screen backwards). And then it would get to a much greater plot with comtemporary video game graphics.

    Another idea, though not for "trhe greatets...", would be a Muppets Arcade game, in which Bunsen brings a number of classic arcade games to the theater as part of an experiment, whichc auses the Muppets to get trapped inside arcade games. This could lead to a variety of parodies... Though I wodner if the parodies should be made really comical, or if they should just be remakes with Muppet characters replacing the original main characters (much like many of the parodies on Family Guy). My Donkey Kong idea could work for this, though I think I'd rather have Kermit and Piggy in seperate games. Maybe Kermit i n a frogger-like game, and Piggy in a beat 'em up game similar to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Simpsons arcade games.

    And then either Gonzo or Scooter can star in a paperboy-like game, Bunsen and Beaker can compete in a video boxing game, Animal can be in his own Pac-Man parody, and it'd be great if Fozzie and Rowlf can get opportunties to play in games. Maybe you could unlock a rerelease of the Pigs in Space game, and the unreleased Miss Piggy's Wedding game.
     
  14. Fluffets

    Fluffets New Member

    Cool. We can give it an awesome title like "The Super Muppet Arcadeothon!" or something. I know how to adapt your idea. Bunsen could accidentally transfer the muppets into a video game world and they have to survive there until they can be safely transferred back to the muppet theatre. I've already thought of one good level. I'll list what I think would be best but I'm not trying to take charge of your idea. :

    Level one: "Not-so Super Muppeto Bro.s."
    In this level Kermit (Mario) and Fozzie (Luigi) suddenly get moustaches and Piggy gets captured by a Donkey-Kong-type character. (Could possibly have funny name like Honkey Kong.)
    And Kermit (Mario) and Fozzie (Luigi) have to dodge barrels and hop to it in order to rescue Piggy and continue they're journey.

    Level two: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Muppets!"
    After saving Piggy D.r Bunsen Honeydew manages to contact the muppets and send them a special formula that should transform them into supermuppets. Kermit and some frogs drink it and transform into Mutants. It turns out its only temporary but until it wares off they use it to they're advantage and fight monsters and ninjas. This level ends when all the villains are defeated.

    Level three: "Koozebane Invaders""
    I think this might work. The muppets assemble a machine to repel invading Koozebane saucer ships. The machine is piloted by Miss Piggy, Link Hogthrob and D.r Strangepork. When its done something odd happens to Fozzie.....

    Level four: "Wockaman!"
    In this level some of the muppets are transformed into ghosts, Intent on trapping Fozzie for some reason. Either way this means bad news for fozzie, the ghosts are: Kermit (Green ghost), Miss Piggy (Pink Ghost) Gonzo (Blue Ghost) and Rowlf (Brown Ghost). While Fozzie takes the role of Pacman and as to survive the ghosts while collecting special objects like bananas and rubber chickens maybe. Then if he survives till the end then him and the others transform back to normal.

    Level five: "The Muppesons."

    In this the muppets are transformed into simpson-esque characters. Kermit is homer. Miss Piggy is marge. Robin is Bart and... I haven't thought up who to be Lisa and Maggie yet... Maybe the daughters from Muppet Christmas Carol. And theres obviously going to be some humerous moments as well. Robin (Bart) has to do a skateboarding bit on the road whilst avoiding obsticles. Kermit (Homer) as to do.....fighting bits? Whilst Piggy (Marge) as to get grocerys in a hurry and get back to the house. The pig that plays Lisa might do a typical piece of Lisa saxophone music and after all the bits are done the family gather on the couch. Then the couch and the house they're in disapear and they are in a blue, blank video-game world again and see Bunsen and Beaker who are happy to announce have fixed the problem and transport the muppets back to the humble muppet theatre.:)
     
  15. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    I like that idea a lot.

    I still have the Muppets Inside! 1996 PC CD rom game which had a bunch of stuff like that, like Swedish Chef's Doom(Doom spoof),
    a Fozzie missile command spoof, etc.

    Id LOVVVE to see some sort of Kingdom Hearts rpg or side scroller Muppet game.

    The Game Boy Advance had three different Muppet games(pinball, side scroller spy spoof, and the muppet show)
    and I remember(tho I didnt think they were good at all) a
    Muppet Show and Bear in the Big Blue House game for Game Boy Color in 2000/2001.
     
  16. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Lisa can be played by Janice, and Maggie could be played by one of Bobby Benson's babies.
     
  17. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Another type of game can be a treasure hunt game. The Muppets take a vacation to a wild jungle, where they hear about an ancient burried treasure, and after most of them become greedy they split apart to get the treasure for themselves, following clues and gathering things they need in order to get the treasure.

    The playable characters would be:
    • Kermit - He is among the least greedy of the characters, mainly being annoyed by how greedy the others are, and decides to find the treasure first in order to try to calm them down... And also to help pay the theaters insurance. he would be able to hop really high, and is the only character able to swim (the others need to find a hidden vehicle that can work underwater as well as above water)
    • Miss Piggy - Of course she'd be motivated by her own greed, and she'd have karate chopping skills.
    • Fozzie - he'd be after the treasure in order to afford a better agent and better writers.
    • Gonzo - He'd be after the treasure to afford more dangerous equipment.
    • Rizzo - Motivated by his own greed.
    • Pepe - also motivated by his own greed.
    • Animal - not really sure if he should be playable or a boss, but he and the rest of the band would be planning to find and share the treasure to finance abig musical tour, only they split up.

    Other characters would appear, and would sort of be bosses at certain points. Some would actually help the player, and some would make random appearances without fighting or helping (though something would happen to split up the player and the helper). For the most part the other playable characters would not be bosses, but there'd be times when all of the playable characters would all compete in something, like a glider race or raft race. But bosses would usually escape or be knocked out.

    But other characters would be:
    • Crazy Harry - He'd be a boss, who operates a machine which goes in and out of underground tunnels, and he'd have a red ray which moves close to the player, which he could use to blow the player up. The player would need to attack him.
    • Lew Zealand - He'd throw his boomerang fish at you on a long wooden bridge, and you'd have to get to the other side of the bridge and jump on a pole which would cause the bridge to break (kind of like when battling Bowser in Super Mario Bros.).
    • Sweetums - He'd have a club and start hitting you with it, and at tiems he'd pounce on you, and even try to eat you. He'd need to be hit a certain number of times, until he gets knocked out.
    • Scooter - he'd be the least greedy (along with kermit). Find him and he'd actually offer to team up with you, helping until he's unable to help any more. For example, he can push you up to a higher spot, but you wouldn't be able to help him. Or maybe he'd fall into a hole that rocks then fall on and cover up.
    • Sam the Eagle - He'd just want to donate the treasure to the smithsonium. When you find him, he agrees to help lead you, but then a fire suddenly occurs, chasing you and Sam. You two split up, and Sam gets lost.
    • Johnny Fiama and Sal - Johnny wants to open a new casino, and when you find them, you have to fight Sal. This would be inside a cave, and you'd have to pull levers, which make loud sounds. Pulling them enough tiems cause piles of rocks to fall on them.
    • Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker - They'd operate a machine which they use to fight you. You'd have to hit the thing enough times (or pull levers designed to shoot rocks at them). After defeating them, they agree to team up with you, and you get on a special vehicle with them, going down a trail, which eventually explodes and sends you three apart.
    • Rowlf - Not really sure what to do with Rowlf.
    • Beauregard - he'd swing shovels at you in a metal-filled cave. If he misses you when swinging sovels at you and hits a metal pole, it will casue rocks to fall on him. After gettign knocked out, you can take one of his shovels, obviously needed for when the X is found.
    • Statler and Waldorf - they'd be in a hot air balloon, shootign things at you as you ride in a glider. After you land, they would fly over you, dropping anvils on you.
    • Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem - as mentioend earlier, they would want the treasure to finance a musical project (maybe a world tour), and if Animal isn't playable he'd be a boss (perhaps Floyd would appear to give Animal tips). However, the band would split up, and they'd occassionally be seen in the distance, not actually fighting you (for example, Zoot can be seen sleeping on a canoe on the river). Lips would also be part of the band.
    • The Swedish Chef - he'd use cooking tools, and maybe also a gun that squirts hot sauce.

    And there'd be groupps of characters that'd be generic Muppet animals, only as bad guys:
    • Tribal Rats - They'd have spears and bows and arrows, and hate non-rats, so they'd help Rizzo (but could easily get destroyed by certain objects), and would try to hurt any other character.
    • Tribal Pigs - Again, they'd be hunters, and would try to kill anybody who isn't Miss Piggy. They'd kidnap some, and try to trap some.
    • Tribal Penguins - they'd set up trasp and try to capture you, and would also throw ninja stars at you.

    The game would end with the character you play findign an X and digging... causing you to fall through a big tunnel, until you fall into a cave and finding the treasure. Then the other playable characters would fall into the hole, and then the other characters would (basically they'd all get togetehr at the same time, finding the treasure). There'd be video of them all apologizing for how greedy they'd been and how they treated each other, but then a demon would come out of the treasure box, explaining that he was the "treasure". He'd planted info on the treasure witht eh intent of making them all turn greedy, and wanting to get out of the box. He'd then zap everybody but you frozen, meaning that you'd have to battle it in order to free the others.
     
  18. Fluffets

    Fluffets New Member

    Thats a good thought. Glad you agree with me on this because I don't what to spoil your plans. I adapted the levels from the games you mentioned. I got a bit stuck on deciding what game to parody on level 5 though. My other thought would be:

    Level 5: "The Return of Not-so Super mario!"

    But that was my alternate idea. I feel happier with "The Muppesons". :D
     
  19. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Ugh. I tried playing that once. To me the Worst Muppet games were that one and (worst of them all) Chaos at the Carnival... the graphics on that one... shudder shudder. Hi Tech expressions had no right to ever make video games. Ever. The Sesame Street ones were okay for what they were... but they just made horrible garbage, like that Tom and Jerry game.
     
  20. Fluffets

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