Video Game: Wally Bear And The No Gang
An unlicensed NES game from 1992 by American Game Cartridges designed to teach kids the dangers of drugs and alcohol, this stars Wally Bear, a Totally Radical sk8r boi who goes off to a party planned by his Uncle Gary Grizzly. Along the way he meets up with Toby Turtle, Priscilla Poodle and other Funny Animal friends.This was developed in cooperation with the American Medical Association and the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI). There was even a toll-free phone number, 1-800-HI-WALLY, in which kids could hear a few phrases from their bear hero. Amazingly, it remained active until October 2007, 15 years after the game was released.
This game provides examples of:
- The Aggressive Drug Dealer: Ricky Rat and his rock-throwing (as in drugs) minions.
- Drugs Are Bad: If Mr. Mackey designed a game, this would be it.
- Everything Trying to Kill You: Dogs and birds and drug-pushing rats! Oh my!
- Funny Animal
- Gamers Are Morons: There is a large red sticker on the top of the cartridge saying "PRESS HERE". This was to let you know you had to press the game down if you had the original NES. Unless this was your first time loading a game, every old school gamer and their grandmother knew how to load a game into an original NES.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Neither Wally's dad nor his uncle wear any pants.
- One-Hit-Point Wonder: Wally can only take one hit unless he carries a frisbee power-up.
- Sensory Abuse: The hideous apple wallpaper in Wally's living room, as seen above (which also has no furniture for some reason).
- Soundtrack Dissonance: Everything is out to kill you as sleepy lullaby music plays. Now that's the perfect way to set the mood.
- Totally Radical
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The whole post-apocalypse theory is usually horribly overused, but Wally's trip to his uncle's house involves castles, decrepit ghettos, guys randomly throwing bombs, and a subway system that passes right through an underground snake fortress. Despite all of that, the only thing observed as weird in this world is substance abuse problems. At the very least, this is some sort of bizarre Crapsack World.
- Wraparound Background: It's as if Hanna-Barbera designed the levels.
- Writing Around Trademarks: The game was originally supposed to be called Wally Bear and the Just Say No Gang, but former first lady Nancy Reagan already trademarked the phrase.
Stay Smart! Don't Start!¡Dile que no! ¡Piensalo!