Video Game: Little Samson
Little Samson (Seirei Densetsu Lickle, "Holy Bell Legend Lickle") is a Platform Game for the Nintendo Entertainment System, published in 1992 by Taito. It was the only game from the obscure developer Takeru (also responsible for Cocoron) to be released outside Japan, albeit in very limited quantities.When Ta-Keed, the Prince of Darkness breaks loose and wreaks havoc on the countryside, Emperor Hans summons the owners of the Majestic Bells of Power: a boy, a dragon, a golem and a mouse. These four heroes, Little Samson, Kikira, Gamm and K.O., assemble to fight Ta-Keed and his minions.
Tropes appearing in this game:
- All There in the Manual: The backstory for each hero is only brought up in the manual.
- The Atoner: Gamm and by the end, Kikira.
- Baleful Polymorph: Every hero but Samson Was Once a Man. Kikira was once a young girl who had been turned into a dragon for being a jerk and Gamm was a thief who broke into the great wizard K.O.'s atelier and caused an accident that caused their transformation into a golem and mouse, respectively. Unusually, all three of the polymorphed characters seem happy in their new forms and retain them in the ending.
- Chain Reaction Destruction: Bosses carry plenty of explosives around in case they get killed.
- Charged Attack: Kikira's fire breath can be supercharged by holding down a button. The charging up is indicated by her body changing color.
- Do Not Touch the Funnel Cloud: There are little funnel clouds that move from left to right or right to left and push characters around on contact. Players can ride on these to cross large gaps in certain levels.
- Drought Level of Doom: The final stage is split into three levels with two bosses at the end of each, with no health refills or revivals in-between.
- Easy-Mode Mockery: Easy mode cuts out the final level.
- Emergency Energy Tank: There are potions that provide full energy refills. Only the specific character that picked a potion up can use it.
- Expy: The mid-game Dragon Boss, who is fought in a Platform Battle like Mega Man 2's Mecha Dragon.
- Fake Platform: A 1-Up is deviously placed on a fake platform above spikes at the start of the cave stage.
- Fighting Your Friend: Just as the party all comes together, Kikira refuses and throws a tantrum attacking Little Samson, starting the first Boss Battle and giving an idea of why she was cursed. As the manual says, she "may need some coaxing by Samson to obey."
- Fire-Forged Friends: What Samson and Kikira are implied to be by the end. The latter sacrifices herself to save Samson showing how much she has changed. Luckily, her curse in turn saves her life.
- Fragile Speedster: K.O. the mouse is fast and able to climb even better than Little Samson but has the smallest health bar, dieing in one or two hits without upgrades.
- Frictionless Ice: The game has ice that every character but Kikira will slip a little on.
- Heart Container: Crystal balls add two units to any character's life bar.
- Hearts Are Health: Big hearts restore four units of health, and small hearts only restore one unit.
- Improbable Weapon User: The title character shoots bells at enemies.
- Mighty Glacier: Gamm the Golem is the slowest and least maneuverable of the four characters, but has a lot of health and attack power, can attack straight up or down, and can walk on spikes without getting hurt.
- The Punishment Is the Crime: Gamm the Golem was once a great thief who stole a potion that turned him into a golem, the worst possible form one could have and be a thief. This caused his Heel-Face Turn.
- Training from Hell: The Japanese manual claimed that harsh mountain life was what gave Samson the ability to cling to ceilings and walls with his bare hands.
- We Cannot Go On Without You: If a character dies, they're out of the game until the player either beats the current level or the character in question has a health potion they can be revived with. If Samson dies, however, he's dumped back to the start of the stage/boss fight with his health meter refilled, but minus one life (and if there's no lives, Game Over.)