Video Game / Kid Klown In Crazy Chase

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A game developed by Kemco in 1994 for the SNES, later remade for the Game Boy Advance, and with a Japan only sequel for the PlayStation. The game stars Kid Klown who appeared as a different version of himself in an earlier NES game called Kid Klown in Night Mayor World.

The plot of the game involves Kid Klown trying to rescue Princess Honey of Klown Planet from the evil Space Pirate Black Jack. Black Jack sets up a very large bomb with an overly long fuse at the end of the level that Kid Klown must race against while avoiding other crazy traps and obstacles that will slow him down in humorous ways. At the same time Kid Klown must collect four card symbols (Spade, Heart, Diamond, Club) from balloons in order to advance to the next level. The game has a colorful and zany look. The game received a sequel, Crazy Chase 2 released for the Playstation in 1996, but only in Japan, and a Game Boy Advance remake in 2002.

Klutzy Klown Tropes:

  • Death by Looking Up: Black Jack's pursuit of Kid Klown (using a hammer) in Stage 3 is halted when he stops to look up... and gets flattened by a falling rock. Likely a result of him slamming that hammer down so many times and shaking things up.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: The Normal Ending. Yeah, you saved Princess Honey, but she winds up going out with Prince Studley Clown of Clownistan instead.
  • Drop the Hammer: Black Jack in Level 3 chases you with a hammer.
  • Dub Name Change: The villain, Dirty Joe, was renamed Black Jack for the U.S. release. He goes back to being Dirty Joe in the GBA port.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: And I really mean earn it. Otherwise Kid Klown ends up on the short end of the stick one way or another. You have to get all the Honey Hearts in each stage. How do you do that? You have to complete each stage in one go (No continuing or restarting), then you have to guess the right lock to free Princess Honey in the end. Its All or Nothing, as failing the last segment automatically gets you the worst ending.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Even clown princesses.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You
  • Eye Pop: A common reaction of Kid Klown to impending danger.
  • Fake Longevity: That ending 50-50 shot, which basically ensures you'll have to play the game at least twice, and to a lesser extent, the requirement to get all the collectibles and never use a continue. Without all this, the game would probably last about twenty minutes.
  • Flower Pot Drop: A frequent hazard in the city stage.
  • Fourth-Wall Observer: Princess Honey is fully aware she's in a video game and throws lampshades on the plot and characters, including Black Jack and even Kid Klown. She even directly addresses the player in the opening cutscene.
  • Gag Nose: Being clowns, all of the characters wear big red noses (or not, as we don't even know if they're detachable or their real noses).
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Princess Honey's Panty Shot in this.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In Stage 2, Black Jack attempts to bum-rush Kid and knock him into traffic. Evade him and he flings himself right into the middle of the busy street with predictable results.
  • The Klutz: Kid Klown.
  • Lethal Lava Land: Stage 3, the mountains.
  • The Lost Woods: Stage 1, the Windy Woods.
  • Luck-Based Mission: The final game to save the princess. Throughout the game, you've collected five keys. The door to the princess's cage has ten locks. If you don't pick the right lock, you're immediately locked into the worst ending, and it's entirely random.
  • Meaningful Name: Kid Klown. He's a clown, alright.
  • Monster Clown: Black Jack.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Princess Honey. Fittingly, she's a Dude Magnet In-Universe for Kid, Blackjack, and Prince Studley.
  • Multiple Endings: Three of them. The best requires you to beat each stage without having to repeat it, and not lose a life. Get the worst by failing to save Princess Honey from the bomb trap.
  • Non-Ironic Clown: Kid Klown is a well-meaning, but klutzy, clown. Played straight, at least as straight as a goofy clown can be played.
  • Only Sane Man: Princess Honey.
  • Pain-Powered Leap: Kid's reaction if you fall into a pit of lava or spikes.
  • Permanently Missable Content: You can't walk backwards, so if you miss a balloon with a suit in it you're going to have to repeat, and if you ever repeat a stage, you're immediately locked out of the best ending.
  • Planet of Hats: Klown Planet. Everyone are clowns.
  • Playing Card Motifs: Aside from the symbols you have to collect in each level, the four main characters seen each also prominently display a card symbol: Black Jack and his bombs have spades all over the place. Princess Honey's bosom makes the shape of a heart quite nicely. Kid Klown has a diamond right there on the front of his outfit. And King Klown's clothes feature clubs.
  • Road Runner VS Coyote: Black Jack shows up several times throughout the levels trying to trip up Kid Klown, with the attempts usually backfiring on him.
  • Save the Princess: The whole mission of the game.
  • Slapstick: These characters are clowns, and they definitely play the part, even Blackjack is subjected to some goofiness over the course of the game.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Get the worst ending and Princess Honey gets blown up, with Amusing Injuries to boot.
  • Slippy-Slidey Ice World: Stage 4, the Ice Fortress.
  • Space Pirates: Black Jack.
  • Squashed Flat: Though he stretches right back.
  • Totally Radical: The overall dialogue gives off this vibe. Filled with words like "lame" and "bummer".
  • Trial-and-Error Gameplay: The balloons littered throughout each level will contain either the suit symbols you need to complete the levels, coins, health, or they'll just hurt you and waste time. And the only way to know which is which is through pure memorization.
  • Underground Level: Stage 5, the Haunted Cave.

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