Let's jam with Body Slam!
A Beat 'em Up
made by Animation Magic for the Philips CD-i
in 1994.The year is 2068. Things have changed. The Millenium Wars ruined the World's cities. The Great Tremor Plague of 2017 reduced the population by a third. Radiation from the Thanatos Meltdown radically altered the gene pool. Technology advanced. Bioengineers have created Animal-Human hybrids. Athletes are commonly enhanced with bionics. The Cybernet, a fiber-optic communication network links everything. The rage of the Cybernet is Body Slam!
The story begin as a team unusually composed of pure-breed humans called the "Naturals" join the popular show Body Slam
, hosted by Air J. Wolfjam (often called "Airwolf" in-game). This doesn't please current champion Hectro-Genocide, who vows to defeat the Naturals to prove his belief that humans are obsolete. The story is presented by interviews conducted by Wolfjam with Hectro-Genocide and the other teams between each fight.
Made by the same animators as I. M. Meen
and the first two CD-i Legend of Zelda
games, it features the same brand
of deranged animated cutscenes and terrible acting, along with obnoxiously repetitive dialogue and ridiculous racial stereotypes.
This game provide examples of:
- After the End
- Animation Bump: The part of the intro where Airwolf introduces the Naturals is actually quite good, especially in comparison of the rest of Animation Magic's output.
- Artistic License - Biology: Apparently, the melting down of the gene pool means humans can suddenly give birth to pterodactyls.
- Beat 'em Up
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Sort of. The one female member of the Naturals merely has a couple of teeth knocked out at the end of the game, as opposed to the two male members, who both have black eyes and are clearly bleeding.
- Broken Record: Hectro-Genocide, you'd think his opinion on the Naturals would change.
- Captain Obvious: The unfortunate doctor in the intro.
IT'S A MUTANT!
- Cat Girl: Tina Felina, one of the bosses.
- Deadly Game: The "game" in question being urban gang-warfare.
- Deranged Animation
- Face Palm: Airwolf does this whenever one of the mutant team members is defeated.
- Fantastic Racism: The mutants hate humans.
Masher Komodo: Humans, we love to hurt them!
- Full Motion Video
- Gay Paree: One of the locations you fight in.
- Idiosyncratic Difficulty Levels: Easy is “Wimpy”, medium is “Savage” and hard is “Insane”.
- Mirror Boss: One of the enemies in the Beijing level copies your character during the boss battle.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Air J. Wolfjam is a furry caricature of the late Wolfman Jack.
- No Indoor Voice: HECTRO-GENOCIDE.
- No Transhumanism Allowed
- Off Model: Airwolf looks like a hunchbacked old-man in some of the cutscenes.
- Production Throwback: One of the generic enemy type is called "Impa".
- Proud Warrior Race Guys: The Streets Sharks:
Budo Shinkage: The other teams, Mister Jam... lack the will to destroy. For us, it is a matter of honor... and enjoyment!
- Scenery Gorn
- Signature Line: THE KOMODOS WEAR SISSY PANTS! or THE NATURALS MUST BE USING SOME KIND OF GUN!
- Stock Footage: The same two bits of animation for both Airwolf and Hectro-Genocide are endlessly reused.
- Strictly Formula: Never mind the animation, the dialogue itself seems to have been written by a mad-lib program.
Airwolf: Ooh-wee! The Naturals left the [defeated team] in the [x]! What's your hit on these Naturals?
[Defeated team] are [x], Airwolf! Wait until the Naturals fight somebody [y]!
Hectro-Genocide: Cheaters, Airwolf! The [x] must be [y]! There is NO WAY [x] can be [y]!
- Verbal Tic: OOH-WEE!
- X Meets Y: Best described as Madworld meets Mutation Nation meets Zelda: The Faces of Evil/Wand of Gamelon. On drugs.
- YouTube Poop: A source of it.