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[[Image:Penguin Wars - GB - USA.jpg|thumb|256x256px|North American box art.]]
 
[[Image:Penguin Wars - GB - USA.jpg|thumb|256x256px|North American box art.]]
  
'''''Penguin Wars''''' is a [[dodge ball]]-inspired video game developed by [[UPL]] and published for the [[Game Boy]] in Japan by [[ASCII Corporation]] on 1990-03-30, then in the USA by [[Nexoft]] in July, 1990. This is a port of an arcade game from 1985, only it's missing several of the features from the original. In the game, you attempt to roll balls from your side of the table to your opponent's side. Each player starts with five balls on their side, and the objective is to get all ten on one side to win. You accomplish this by hitting your opponent with a ball to stun them, and by hitting their balls on the table to knock them back at your opponent. Each round is 60 seconds long, and, if nobody wins in the alotted time, who ever has the least number of balls on their side wins.
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'''''Penguin Wars''''' is a [[dodge ball]]-inspired video game developed by [[UPL]] and published for the [[Game Boy]] in Japan by [[ASCII Corporation]] on 1990-03-30, then in the USA by [[Nexoft]] in July, 1990. This is a port of the [[Penguin-Kun Wars|arcade game]] from 1985, only it's missing several features from the original. In the game, you attempt to roll balls from your side of the table to your opponent's side. Each player starts with five balls on their side, and you win if you can get all of the balls on your opponent's side at the same time. You accomplish this by hitting your opponent with a ball to stun them, and by hitting their balls as they're moving across the table to knock them back at your opponent. Each round is 60 seconds long, and, if nobody wins in the allotted time, who ever has the least number of balls on their side wins.
  
I learned about this game from the video game reviewer [[Jeremy Parish]]. The game looked interesting and fairly easy, so I played it and beat it on my first try.
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I learned about this game from the video game reviewer [[Jeremy Parish]]. The game looked interesting and fairly easy, so I played it and beat it on my first try on 2019-11-17.
  
 
==Status==
 
==Status==
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===Bad===
 
===Bad===
* Several of the features from the arcade game have been eliminated from this version of the game including the tournament bracketing system for single player mode and the more interesting bonus games.
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* Several of the features from the arcade game have been eliminated from this version of the game including the tournament bracketing system for single player mode, the [[air hockey]] mode, and the more interesting bonus games. I know the Game Boy had limited space, but the programmers should have been able to fit more into the game.
 
* Even though you can control the speed of your throw by holding the button a little longer, I ended up beating the game without ever using it. More effort should have been spent on requiring the mastery of this skill to beat the game.
 
* Even though you can control the speed of your throw by holding the button a little longer, I ended up beating the game without ever using it. More effort should have been spent on requiring the mastery of this skill to beat the game.
  
 
===Ugly===
 
===Ugly===
* The game is too easy and too short. I beat the AI it in about 20 minutes on my very first attempt. If I had paid money for it, I would have been angry. The game should have either included more animals or become more difficult on subsequent play-throughs.
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* The game is too easy and too short. I beat all the AI opponents in about 20 minutes on my very first attempt. The other ports of the game are much harder. If I had paid money for this game, I would have been angry. The game should have either included more animals or became more difficult on subsequent play-throughs.
  
 
==Media==
 
==Media==
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Penguin Wars - GB - Japan.jpg|The Japanese box shows the five animals looking cute and hurling balls at each other. The lettering uses round shiny characters like the balls. This is my favorite box.
 
Penguin Wars - GB - Japan.jpg|The Japanese box shows the five animals looking cute and hurling balls at each other. The lettering uses round shiny characters like the balls. This is my favorite box.
Penguin Wars - GB - USA.jpg|The North American art uses Western cartoon style which is more detailed, but look a bit creepy, the cow especially. The lettering isn't as good. It also seems to add a beaver which doesn't appear in the game.
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Penguin Wars - GB - USA.jpg|The North American art uses Western cartoon style which is more detailed, but looks a bit creepy, the cow especially. The lettering is dull and there seems to be a beaver which doesn't appear in the game.
 
Penguin Wars - GB - EU.jpg|The European box uses the same art as the American box, but changes the title to "King of the Zoo" in a dull pink lettering. The name change probably occurred to eliminate the word "war."
 
Penguin Wars - GB - EU.jpg|The European box uses the same art as the American box, but changes the title to "King of the Zoo" in a dull pink lettering. The name change probably occurred to eliminate the word "war."
 
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| English (North America) || Penguin Wars || ||  
 
| English (North America) || Penguin Wars || ||  
 
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| Japanese || ぺんぎんくんwars vs. || Pengin Kun Wars Vs. || Penguin Kun Wars Vs.
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| Japanese || ぺんぎんくんwars vs. || Pengin-Kun Wars Vs. || Penguin-Kun Wars Vs.
 
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[[Category: Game Boy Games]]
 
[[Category: Game Boy Games]]
 
[[Category: Grayscale Graphics]]
 
[[Category: Grayscale Graphics]]
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[[Category: Multi-Player]]
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[[Category: Multi-Player Versus]]
 
[[Category: Games I've Beaten]]
 
[[Category: Games I've Beaten]]

Latest revision as of 22:00, 20 November 2019

North American box art.

Penguin Wars is a dodge ball-inspired video game developed by UPL and published for the Game Boy in Japan by ASCII Corporation on 1990-03-30, then in the USA by Nexoft in July, 1990. This is a port of the arcade game from 1985, only it's missing several features from the original. In the game, you attempt to roll balls from your side of the table to your opponent's side. Each player starts with five balls on their side, and you win if you can get all of the balls on your opponent's side at the same time. You accomplish this by hitting your opponent with a ball to stun them, and by hitting their balls as they're moving across the table to knock them back at your opponent. Each round is 60 seconds long, and, if nobody wins in the allotted time, who ever has the least number of balls on their side wins.

I learned about this game from the video game reviewer Jeremy Parish. The game looked interesting and fairly easy, so I played it and beat it on my first try on 2019-11-17.

Status

I do not own this game, but I have beaten it.

Review

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5 4 5 4 2 40%

Best Version: Game Boy

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Good

  • For the short time you're playing it, it's pretty fun.
  • The cartoon graphics and playful music is perfect for the game.
  • Supporting the link cable was a nice way to allow friends to challenge each other after they mastered the single-player option.
  • The different animals have different play styles which takes a little getting used to.

Bad

  • Several of the features from the arcade game have been eliminated from this version of the game including the tournament bracketing system for single player mode, the air hockey mode, and the more interesting bonus games. I know the Game Boy had limited space, but the programmers should have been able to fit more into the game.
  • Even though you can control the speed of your throw by holding the button a little longer, I ended up beating the game without ever using it. More effort should have been spent on requiring the mastery of this skill to beat the game.

Ugly

  • The game is too easy and too short. I beat all the AI opponents in about 20 minutes on my very first attempt. The other ports of the game are much harder. If I had paid money for this game, I would have been angry. The game should have either included more animals or became more difficult on subsequent play-throughs.

Media

Box Art

Documentation

Videos

Titles

Language Native Transliteration Translation
English (Europe) King of the Zoo
English (North America) Penguin Wars
Japanese ぺんぎんくんwars vs. Pengin-Kun Wars Vs. Penguin-Kun Wars Vs.

Link

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