Parasitic insects have never been so huggable.
In one of the strangest games of any generation, the player controls Mister Mosquito, an adorable blood-sucker who's invaded the Yamada family home with the intent of gathering enough of the red stuff to last him through the winter.
The game is divided into 12 stages or "days", and the player is briefed at the beginning of each on who to suck how much blood from, as well as on any possible dangers. Blood can only be sucked from designated areas of the body (depending on the stage), and these spots are only exposed at certain times as the gigantic family members go about their everyday business. Some of these areas are simply exposed during their looping set of movements, but others require the player to manpulate their human prey first (by doing things such as turning off the T.V.).
Each victim also has a "stress meter" that rises if you suck blood too fast, too slow, or too long, or if you simply buzz around in their faces too much. If you're flying around when the meter hits its max, you'll enter a battle and have to strike certain "pressure points" on the victim's body to calm them back down. If the meter hits its max while you're sucking blood, you're swatted dead. Instantly.
Had a sequel (subtitled Let's Go Hawaii
) that was only released in Japan due to the first game's poor sales in the States. The sequel follows the Yamadas trip to Hawaii set up at the end of the first game
. They end up staying with the Brown family who have a mosquito problem of their own. The game has two paths depending on whether the Original or American mosquito is chosen at the start of the game.
This series provides examples of:
- Animal Gender Bender: In real life, only female mosquitoes drink blood.
- Artificial Atmospheric Actions
- Collection Sidequest: The EX blood tanks.
- Cosmetic Award: There are several unlockable skins for the titular mosquito, including a rainbow of various colors, a realistic mosquito, and mosquito versions of the human parents.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: On stage 11, Kenichi can suddenly pull of street fighter moves that can instantly kill you unless you have at least one health upgrade.
- Deadly Walls: Certain levels have pesticide sprayed in parts of the level. This can include furniture.
- Don't Try This at Home: The game informs you that Pesticide should NOT be used the way the game depicts it.
- Dysfunctional Family: The Yamada Family. Until the first three of the last four levels.
- Escalating War: What starts as a simple annoyance at the mosquito eventually results in the father taking on the bug with mystic fireball attacks.
- Eagle Land: The Browns are a heavy type 2, comeplete with an American mosquito.
- Fanservice: Stage 4 has Rena in a bathtub. Mister Mosquito seems to like this.
- Eye Take: Whenever you get forced into a battle.
- Final Boss: Kenichi
- Giant Foot of Stomping: One of the many ways you can die in this game.
- Huddle Shot: Most of the cutscenes consist of this.
- Interspecies Romance: The manual explained that Mister Mosquito is in love with Rena. Though, obviously, that never gets requited.
- Insect Gender Bender: For those who don't know, male mosquitoes do not suck blood.
- Limited Wardrobe: Everybody, but most obviously John, who spends the entire game wearing an indigo speedo and nothing else.
- Macro Zone: The entire game.
- MsExposition: A female narrator spouts out lengthy exposition at the introduction in rather great detail. She also describes each level you have selected.
- New Game+: Collecting and filling all the EX tanks lets you play through a more challenging second year in the Yamada home with all of your unlocked skins.
- Non-Lethal K.O.: The final boss battles. Yes, the game ends with a quarter-inch insect KO-ing an entire human family.
- One Kanji Title: The game is simply called Ka (Japanese for "mosquito") in Japan.
- Relationship Sabotage: One of the selling points mentioned on the back of the game's case.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Probably the only cute insect in existence.
- Schmuck Bait: A load of heart rings can be found inside the microwave, which the mother closes after ten seconds if the player flies inside. That also happens to be your only chance of getting them too.
- Slapstick Knows No Gender
- Stealth-Based Mission: Everything but the last four stages, in that being seen should be avoided.
- Took a Level in Badass: The three levels before the final has the Yamada family literally ''fighting a mosquito''! Kenichi especially.
- Timed Mission: Stage 4 and 12 are this. The latter is more forgiving though.
- Video Game Flight: Mister Mosquito is always flying. That is, when he's not latched on to a person's skin.
- Villain Protagonist: Granted, he's only trying to survive, but Mister Mosquito doesn't seem to have a problem with watching the Yamada family disintegrate.