Irritating Stick

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Irritating Stick
Irritating Stick cover.jpg
Developer(s)Saurus
Publisher(s)Jaleco Entertainment
Platform(s)PlayStation
Release
  • JP: March 19, 1998
  • NA: February 3, 1999[1]
Genre(s)Puzzle video game
Mode(s)Single-player, Multiplayer

Irritating Stick, also known as Dengeki Iraira Bou Returns (電擊イライラ棒 リターンズ, lit. "Irritating Electric Stick Returns" in Japanese), is a PlayStation video game published by Jaleco Entertainment. It is based on the Japanese game show Ucchan Nanchan no Honō no Challenger: Kore ga Dekitara 100 Man En (ウッチャンナンチャンの炎のチャレンジャーこれができたら100万円!!, lit. "Ucchan Nanchan's Challengers of Fire: 1,000,000 Yen If You Can Do This!!"). The show in turn was based on a carnival game, where the player tries to maneuver a metal rod through a metal maze without touching the sides or else they would get shocked. The player would also experience hearing a loud announcer screaming to confuse them while trying to escape the maze. In the American Version of the game, the voices (except for when the maze is finished) were removed for unknown reasons. Irritating Stick was originally released in Japan on March 19, 1998, and in North America on February 3, 1999.[1] There is also a demo of the Japanese version released in North America in 1998 on the "PlayStation Underground Jampack" in the "imports" section of the vault where it was spelled: "Ira-Ira Bo". The player could only play up to level three, and some of the features were removed such as "multiplayer", "TV studio", "bonus", and "options". Besides some of the removed content everything else such as the voice acting, narration, and intro movie were still there. Japanese PlayStation games would not work on the American PlayStation console, so since this was a direct transfer of the game from the original disk, when a level is beaten or the player gets a "game over," the PlayStation console must be restarted.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
GameRankings39%[2]
Review scores
PublicationScore
EGM3.17/10[3]
GameSpot3/10[4]
IGN5.5/10[1]
OPM (US)3/5 stars[5]

The game received "unfavorable" reviews according to the review aggregation website GameRankings.[2] It was voted the #1 worst game name of all time by Game Revolution.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Harris, Craig (February 4, 1999). "Irritating Stick". IGN. Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Irritating Stick for PlayStation Reviews". GameRankings. Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  3. ^ "Irritating Stick". Electronic Gaming Monthly. 1999.
  4. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (February 25, 1999). "Irritating Stick Review". GameSpot. Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  5. ^ "Irritating Stick". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. 1999.
  6. ^ Ferris, Duke (June 12, 2006). "The 50 Worst Game Names Ever (Page 3)". Game Revolution. Archived from the original on July 1, 2006. Retrieved November 17, 2016.

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