Woodyman counts down the Top 10 Reptiles and Amphibians in Video Games.
It’s good to be here… I’m still working 6 days a week, 12 hours a day, but that doesn’t mean I forgot about all y’all.
As I’m sure you’re aware of, St. Patrick’s Day was last Saturday! That gives everyone the excuse to wear green, pretend they’re Irish, and get wasted. Unlike many of the fakers out there today, I’m actually Irish so, I decided to do a special blog for this “holiday”. So what’s the topic of this special holiday blog…
Top 10 Reptiles/Amphibians in Video Games
(Why? Because reptiles and amphibians are usually green and green is a color associated with St. Patrick’s Day and I couldn’t think of anything else to do… especially since I already did the Top 5 Drunks in Video Games a long time ago.)
So before we begin lemme give you some rules of the blog and some music.
- -One entry per franchise.
- -All entries are from games I have played.
- -For this list I am not counting dinosaurs or dragons.
- -All entries are chosen on how they affected me as a gamer, and how they affected gaming as a whole.
- -If you don't like the list that's fine. Just don't be a douche. It’s my personal list, yours will obviously be different.
- -There might be some spoilers.
- - I couldn’t narrow this list down to just 10 choices so there may be a few honorable mentions.
(I can’t make the embedded Youtube videos small because of new Youtube layout/changes so I’m sorry for the big size videos.)
Skrillex – Reptile
The Strokes – Reptilia
Dropkick Murpheys – State of Massachusettes
Davy is the protagonist of the often forgotten and overlooked Nintendo 64 games, Chameleon Twist and Chameleon Twist 2. I see so many blogs that count down a gamer’s top 10 Nintendo 64 games, but this game is often forgotten.
In Chameleon Twist and its sequel, you play as Davy and his friends. They are chameleons who follow a white rabbit down a hole (similar to Alice in Wonderland), and are transformed from chameleons into chameleon-humanoid hybrids.
Davy uses his chameleon tongue to traverse a variety of land, defeat enemies, and find his way home.
The reason Davy doesn’t make it into the Top 10 is that while Chameleon Twist is a fun game, it’s bugged down by crappy controls and some annoying aspects. In short… the Top 10 are just superior.
Once again, let me point out that I am a huge fan of the Mega Man series… duh! But I never really got into the X series. It’s probably because I had a Genesis instead of a SNES, but nevertheless even a Mega Man X maverick can’t crack the Top 10. Why? Well it’s similar to why Centaurman was so high on my list of horses in video games. Sting Chameleon is a robot and therefore not a true reptile/amphibian.
Either way, let’s give some background. Sting Chameleon is one of the mavericks (bosses) in the classic, Mega Man X. He’s fairly easy, but can be challenging because he has the ability to blend into his surrounding to sneak up on Mega Man X. Also he fires lazors!
Okay, that’s enough with the honorable mentions! Let’s get onto the real list.
Gex is a gecko… the end… Next entry!
Okay, I guess I have to add a little more the this description but in all honesty I never really got into the Gex series.
The Gex series, is a bunch of platformers starring an anthropomorphic Gecko, named Gex.
Gex is obsessed with television. That leads him into many adventures, full of pop culture references and one-liners. This is akin to Duke Nukem, or Ash from The Evil Dead series. Gex is a lazy lizard who lives in Hawaii. He spends most of his time partying and hitting on lady lizards. When his father passes he gets over it by watching a ton of TV, and thus his adventures begin.
My god, I love the Rampage series.
I gamed a lot in the Playstation 1 era. It was the first system that I bought on my own, and the first and only system that one of my dad’s friends modded so that it could play burned PS1 games. When I got the modded PS1, I also got a few games and one of them was Rampage: World Tour. I played this game all the time.
If you don’t know Rampage is a game where you play as a giant monster, destroy cities, eat people, and fight the army. It’s simplistic but oooohh… so much fun. The Rampage series started in 1986 in the arcades and moved on to the 2600, the NES, PS1 and more!
When you start the game you can choose one of three monsters, a giant lizard, a giant gorilla, and a giant werewolf. Well when I was a kid I always picked the giant lizard, Lizzie. I always picked Lizzie because she reminds me of Godzilla, and Godzilla is awesome. And you heard me right, I said “SHE.” Lizzie is actually a female, as can obviously be seen when she is killed in the game and transformed into a naked human female.
King K. Rool is the primary antagonist of the Donkey Kong series, specifically the Donkey Kong Country series. (Except for the new game that has hypnotizing musical instruments.) He has a hatred of Donkey Kong and all the other Kongs. His primary goal was to steal all of the Kongs’ bananas (for some reason) but after being thwarted K. Rool and his Kremling army really only want revenge. He tries to steal bananas, kidnaps Donkey Kong, and tries to exact his revenge.
While the character isn’t very interesting or dynamic, he is still amazing. In the first country game he is a king with a giant red carp and a pointy golden crown. In the second game he is a pirate with a blunderbuss gun. In the third country game he is a robot and a scientist. No other villain, that I can think of goes through so many changes after being defeated. Also, the first boss battle against K. Rool is one of my favorite battles of all time. At first the fight seems easy and K. Rool seems defeated, and the credits roll. Then he comes back to life, and the fight becomes intense.
My heart pounded when fighting K. Rool, and that’s why he’s in this list.
Whenever I hear the name “Battletoads”, I get flashbacks of a horrible time. I played the NES version numerous times when I was a kid and rarely ever got past the second level.
Highly regarded as one of the most difficult NES games of all time (especially when there are two players), Battletoads tells the tale of Rash and Zitz on a quest to rescue their brother Pimple who was kidnapped by the Dark Queen of Ragnarok. While the first level is a typical 2d beat em up similar to Double Dragon, other levels have a variety of gameplay styles, including rappelling down a pit, riding speed bikes and surfboards, navigating a level on a unicycle-like vehicle that can ride up walls and on the ceiling, etc.
While this game is extremely difficult, it is also very fun. You defeat your enemies with enormous head-butts and by pounding them into the ground and then punting their head. This game changed beat-em ups and added enough variety to make it stand out from countless others. Plus how can you not like characters who are named after skin diseases and infections.
Killer Croc aka Waylon Jones used to be a human. He developed a disease that caused him to lose almost all traces of humanity and instead inherited reptilian traits. There are numerous different origin stories for Killer Croc, but nearly all have him being a nemesis of Batman, and having him reside in the sewers and underground.
For the purpose of this entry I’m gonna focus on the version of Killer Croc shown in Batman: Arkham Asylum, and to a lesser degree, Batman: Arkham City. In this version, Killer Croc is more animalistic than intelligent and smart. He relies on his senses and strength rather than cunning and strategy.
Killer Croc in Arkham Asylum scares the shit out of me. When you first meet Croc he is being escorted from his old cell into a new one in the sewers. He sees Batman and threatens his very life. Later in the game Batman has to go into the sewers, he watches Scarecrow get attacked by Killer Croc, and then he has to go deeper into Croc’s lair. While in the sewers Batman needs to tread lightly otherwise Croc will hear him and drag him under. This part of the game is terrifying because it forces you to slowly tread into the dark sewers, while permanently being on edge because at any moment Croc can rise up from the sewers and attack. It’s terrifying! So terrifying that I was afraid to go into the sewers in Arkham City, just because I was afraid Croc would come back.
Reptile is another character who has been through so many transformations, that when I made the jump from Mortal Kombat 4 to Mortal Kombat Armageddon, I couldn’t recognize him.
Reptile made his first appearance in the original Mortal Kombat game. He was a secret opponent that was a color palette and could only be fought by meeting certain requirements.
Reptile comes from the realm previously known as Zaterra that was destroyed a long time ago. Reptile’s race, the Reptor, were all wiped out except for Reptile himself. Shao Kahn enlisted Reptile into his army for his cunning and stealth so that he could be a spy on the forces of good, and in turn Kahn promised to revive Reptile’s race. Unbeknownst to Reptile, it was Kahn who destroyed the Reptor race in the first place.
As the series progresses, Reptile became more and more reptilian but his move list stayed the same. He spits acid, is quick, throw force balls, and eats people.
Okay now that we got that outta the way, let’s talk about TMNT. If you’ve been living under a rock and never heard of them before lemme give you a bit of a backstory here. TMNT are four mutated turtle-human hybrids who learned martial arts, and fight criminals, mutants, aliens, and all sorts of beasts. (Wow, that really sounds stupid when written down)
When the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon aired, it was huge. REALLY, REALLY, REALLY HUGE! Everyone loved the show and we were addicted. If you weren’t a kid then, you won’t understand.
Since they were so huge, obviously a few video game adaptations were going to come down the line. These games were and still are amazing. My favorite has to be Turtles in Time on the SNES, but I honestly think all of them are great. I can’t think of a bad TMNT game.
There’s really not much more I can say, either you understand why the TMNT are this high on the list or ya don’t.
Isn’t Chrono Trigger a fantastic game?
The answer is yes… 100% yes!
Now if you don’t already know, Chrono Trigger is a SNES RPG all about time travel, and magic. It’s one of the best games evar made and if you don’t play it before you die… your life will have little to no meaning.
I don’t want to give much away of the plot of Chrono Trigger because everyone should experience it themselves. However, at one point in the game, when you travel to 600 A.D. when the party in on a quest to save Queen Leene in the cathedral. He joins the party to help Chrono through the cathedral, and set things right, and thus Frog joins the party and kicks ass.
But who is Frog really? When Frog was a human he was named Glenn. He worked in a noble city as a squire for captain of the royal guard, Cyrus. In a battle with the evil Magus, Cyrus is killed, and Glenn is turned into a humanoid frog, because it amused Magus. After this tragedy, Glenn changes his name to Frog, becomes prim and proper, becomes a hermit, and swears to protect the queen.
Since then, Frog became one of the favorite characters in Chrono Trigger, and has been referenced numerous times. He certainly is my favorite character in the game.
Why is Frog so awesome?
Techno Frog Attack!
Frogger appeared in 20 games… although most of us have only played a few of them. He is a pioneer of video games who obviously fell off the face of the earth.
I personally have only played the original Frogger game, and the remake of the series on the PC.
For the sake of this entry, I’m gonna write mostly about the original Frogger arcade game. Frogger was first released in 1981 by Konami. The goal of the game is to guide frogs to their homes. Unfortunately, to get home the frogs need to cross an busy road and traverse a river full of turtles, logs, and I think alligators before finally safely arriving on a lily pad.
There’s not much else to say about Frogger itself except for the impact he left on the gaming culture. Frogger is a game that nearly everyone has played. He was a character on the CBS Saturday Supercade, there was a monster on the show VR Troopers who hated being called Frogger because he does not “"hop across roads or rivers to avoid cars and alligators just to get home". And do not forget the Frogger episode of Seinfeld (need I say more?)
Bucky and Garcia – Froggy’s Lament
Where do I begin with Bowser?
He is the main antagonist to the most well-known video game hero of all time, Mario. With how popular Mario is, Bowser well deserves his spot on this list. He is easily one of the most recognizable villains of all time, and a part of video game history.
Bowser made his first appearance in the original 1985 Super Mario Bros. Since then he has appeared in nearly every main Mario game (SMB2 –USA doesn’t count). His main role in the game is to kidnap Princess Peach, and thus become ruler of the Mushroom Kingdom.
In the original Super Mario Bros game, Bowser spat fire at Mario and threw a volley of hammers. In the majority of the other boss fights with Bowser he kept his fire breathing powers but never threw hammers again.
Bowser, aka The Koopa King has always tried to take down the Mario bros, kidnap the princess, and take over the mushroom kingdom. He never gives up on his quest. He’s so dedicated to taking down that he enlisted his 8 children in the task. The seven Koopalings (Iggy, Lemmy, Wendy, Ludwig, Larry, Roy & Morton Jr.) and Bowser Jr.
What else can you say? Since 1985 Bowser has never given up. He has appeared in over 101 video games, and is an icon of gaming. I know it’s a predictable ending to this list, but can you really think of any reptile or amphibian more deserving?
Neither could I.
This blog was created to honor the return of ScrewAttack's #1 Lizard-Gimp The Stickman!
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