Gon (video game)
|Genre(s)||Side-scrolling action platformer|
Gon (ゴン) is a Japan-exclusive side-scrolling action video game with platforming elements for the Super Famicom published by Bandai. The game is an adaptation of the manga series Gon by Masashi Tanaka, about the daily life of a super-deformed orange carnosaur named Gon.
Like the manga, the video game features a minimal plot and no dialogue. Instead it focuses on the cartoonish, comedic situations Gon gets himself into, particularly when searching for food and interacting with other animals. Gon would venture into different ecosystems that made up the prehistoric world.
Gon has three different attacks: a basic self-defense biting attack, a whip of his tail, and a headbutt. While there is no actual music, the sound effects are provided by instrumentation. While Gon doesn't have an actual health bar, the music just gets faster until Gon dies suddenly from his injuries. The player is given three continues once Gon destroys the whole planet, leading to an immediate game over screen. The level's score is only seen at the end of each level. There is even a Mode 7 chase sequence which emphasizes avoiding obstacles while catching up to a monkey. A complete lack of text in favor of a comic book-style presentation makes this game less cerebral than other side-scrolling action games.
Gon would later go on to play a role in the Sony PlayStation fighting game Tekken 3 in 1998. A new platform game, Gon: Baku Baku Baku Baku Adventure, developed for the Nintendo 3DS, released in Japan on June 14, 2012 by Namco Bandai Games.