Harley's Humongous Adventure

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Harley's Humongous Adventure
Harley's Humongous Adventure
North American box art
Developer(s) Visual Concepts
Publisher(s)
Composer(s) Brian Schmidt
Platform(s) Super NES
Release
  • NA: February 1993
  • JP: October 28, 1994
Genre(s) Action
Mode(s) Single-player

Harley's Humongous Adventure (Japanese: 化学者ハリーの波乱万丈, Hepburn: Kagakusha Harley no Haran Banjou (Chemist Harley's Stormy Life)) is a side-scrolling 2D platform video game released in 1993 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It was originally developed by Visual Concepts, and funded by publisher Electronic Arts, but eventually published by Hi Tech Expressions.

Gameplay[edit]

Screenshot of a fly vomiting onto the player character.

The player controls Harley, a man in a green suit who has shrunk himself to size of a bar of soap. Harley's mission is to gather parts of his shrinking machine to return him to normal size. Harley advances through levels, while picking up items such as tacks, rubberbands and marbles. Harley adventures through his lab where the initial incident occurs, his kitchen, his toy room, where the player pilots a toy tank by himself, his bathroom, and other stages.

Enemies include flies, bees, and ants. Players must avoid the diseases that the flies vomit. The main boss is a deformed rat that tries to jump on Harley, and after each encounter utilizes a household item for the limb he had lost in the previous encounter.

Development[edit]

Visually, the game utilizes a mix of pixel art for the stage backgrounds, the menus and most objects, and digitized clay animation models for all characters. The clay animation was produced by A-OK Animation, who had also worked on Claymates, another Super NES game featuring a somewhat similar graphical style.

The game was programmed, and designed in part, by Brian Greenstone of Pangea Software. This programmer previously wrote games for the Apple IIGS computer, which happens to share the same 65C816 microprocessor as the Super NES.

The box art was created for EA by veteran gaming illustrator Marc Ericksen. It features Harley blasting out of the kitchen sink, holding a red plastic push pin for scale reference.

Reception[edit]

On release, Famicom Tsūshin scored the game a 21 out of 40.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NEW GAMES CROSS REVIEW: 科学者ハリーの波乱万丈. [sic]". Weekly Famicom Tsūshin (307): 38. November 4, 1994.

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