OILD – Arctic Cavern

Oh boy oh boy! Day 3 of the OILD celebration is here! You’ve been visiting the OILD page, right? It’s now been updated to have all the current wallpapers and easily links back to all the previous OILD posts through the link to TSG’s blog! Promote, promote, promote! And while you’re promoting, check out today’s level. It’s the Arctic Cavern, from Battletoads!

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“What?? Battletoads?! Are you serious???” Yes and no. Yes this is really today’s stage, but no I’m not serious. Like I said, this is an absurd holiday! If we can’t laugh at the craziness in games, then what can we laugh at? For those of you just tuning in, Battletoads was Rare’s attempt to cash-in on the whole “fighting mutant animal hero” craze of the early 90’s.  It starred some toads. Who battled things. Stop me if I’m moving too quickly here.

Battletoads is infamous for being so difficult that it’s essentially unplayable. Arctic Cavern was a pretty good example of this. By the time you reach this stage, nearly everything kills you in one hit, rendering your health bar nothing more than a cute decoration. The stage had many icy ramps, and on those ramps slid many ice blocks. Oh, but you needed those blocks, you did! Barriers were set up all over the place, and those blocks needed to slide into them. So make sure you keep them onscreen at all times! And just as an extra slap in the face, at one point you had to slide down many short ramps and race against one of the blocks without dying, just to destroy a barrier. Snowmen tossed deadly snowballs at you, and after destroying these enemies with roughly eighty-million punches, you could use their snowball hoard to destroy the barriers as well. This stage also inexplicably featured a yellow, spiky shell that slid all over the floor. If you touched the shell then guess what… you lost! Battletoads is unforgiving and insane, but I think the world is richer for having it. From now until the end of time, we can say “hey, this game isn’t so hard… after all, it’s not Battletoads.”

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Here’s a wallpaper for the Arctic Cavern! Slide your way over here for the full version!

Yay for music! Here’s Arctic Cavern! And for no reason at all, here’s Ice Edge, the polar movie stage from Viewtiful Joe 2. Hey, VJ’s a crazy difficult beat-em-up too, so it fits, right?

And yay for remixes! Slalomicide is a Slalom remix by Mazedude, so go get it! I never played Slalom but it’s still a great mix.

Our other bonus remix is Holiday, a remix of Penguin from Pop n’ Music, made by Posu Yan. Oh yeah, you better believe I’m still plugging this soundtrack! Posu Yan was very friendly and helpful during the commissioning process. In fact, he’s the one who reminded me of Arctic Cavern in the first place! His remix is so fun and happy that it just makes me want to dance. Please check out his site and promote his greatness!

Here are the lyrics to Holiday as well. So if you’re the go-out-and-sing type this time of year, you’re in luck!

I know holidays are here
I can see the joy on people’s faces
it’s the most wonderful time of the year
I can feel the warmth of their embraces

warm and toasty fires, vibrant candle lights
fill the air with comfort and relaxation
brightly lit up houses, trees covered in white
fill the sky with such majestic decoration

holidays are here
I can smell the smoky firewood
it’s the most wonderful time of the year
I can hear the laughter, everything’s good

fluffy little snowflakes, melting in my hands
makes me wanna go outside and play
cheery happy people, all across the land
makes me wanna dance and have a joyful holiday

I know holidays are here
I can see the joy on people’s faces
it’s the most wonderful time of the year
I can feel the warmth of their embraces

crackling fireplaces, cozy conversations
makes me feel the kindliness of the days
nice delightful dinners, family celebrations
makes me feel that I am loved in every way

holidays are here
I can smell the smoky firewood
it’s the most wonderful time of the year
I can hear the laughter, everything’s good

fluffy little snowflakes, falling everywhere
makes me wanna go outside and play
cheery happy people, smiling with no cares
really makes me wanna dance and have a happy holiday

If that doesn’t make you the happiest person in the world, nothing will. So spread the love and let everyone hear this awesome tune!

5 thoughts on “OILD – Arctic Cavern”

  1. Battletoads… just hearing the name is scaring, I never did beat that game and don’t know if I want to. Love the choice of music. If only them game looked as good as that wallpaper then I may play it again.

  2. The inner scientist in me is having a seizure, balking at the whole concept of frogs in the winter… they hibernate! But maybe I shouldn’t get bogged down in technicalitites.

    Thank you for giving me a new “holiday” to celebrate!

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