Monday, December 28, 2009

Japanese gameshow as flash game

Have you ever wanted to put on hilarious safety suits, run through mud and all kinds of humiliating obstacles, just to press a red button on time? No? Doesn't surprise me at all, but luckily, you don't have to, thanks to the new flash game Ching Chong Beautiful.
It's basically an interactive parody of those crazy japanese gameshows where the contestants have to make it through an even crazier obstacle course, while their time is running out, which is easier said than done. You'll most probably fall on your face a couple of times before collecting all fishhead-boxes and reaching the goal, but that's not all, every time you fall you'll hear the crowd laughing about you, or, in case you avoid being hit, they let you know how much they wanted to see you stumble over that rock with a loud "aawww...".

Story of Ching Chong Beautiful

Just like you'd expect from a game of this kind, the story isn't too relevant. All you have to know is that you enter this gameshow because bad people have kidnapped your brother and want a special kind of championship horse. Which, all by coincidence, happens to be the prize for the winner of the show.

Gameplay of Ching Chong Beautiful

The controls are simple, you use the arrow keys to move, S to jump and A to run, but there are some more complicated actions like wallruns or slides.
You can choose between three difficulties, though the hardest isn't recommended for anyone. At all. The game can be really frustrating, even on lower difficulties, simply because one mistake can cost you so much time that you have to start again. This happened to me frequently on levels where you can fall really deep and have to climb back to continue.
On the other hand, seeing your character's clumsy moves and how he crashes into walls is
sometimes actually funny, and hearing him scream with his high-pitched voice is just hilarious.
Enjoying your own character's mistakes is very rare in games thats objective is getting to the end of the level as fast as possible.
If I had to pick one thing in Ching Chong Beautiful that I liked the most, it would be its humor. It has a wonderfully weird atmosphere, combined with a protagonist that's the exact opposite of the usual cool-guy with big muscles. However, some might find certain things in the game offensive (or simply annoying) that was ment to be a joke.

Further info

-There are no real upgrades, but you can unlock different helmets and scarfs that you'll find in the trophies section.
-There are 6 areas, each containing 6 levels, except for the last one which consists of only one big tower.
-When almost falling down an edge press the other direction repeatedly to regain your balance.


Ching Chong Beautiful is a game not everyone will like, but I recommend everyone to try it and not to give up after the first level, because once you get the hang of it, it's a lot of fun, while
it stays challenging and diverse until the end.

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