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* NPCScheduling: One of the first games to feature this. Learning where everyone is going to be at what times is crucial to conducting your investigation.


''It Came From The Desert'' is an UsefulNotes/{{Amiga}} game by Creator/{{Cinemaware}} about a young man discovering the existence of [[Film/{{Them}} giant ants hell bent on taking over the world]]. With help from a scientist and some friends, he will need to collect evidence within a time limit to convince the mayor to take action. Gameplay segments include interacting with [=NPCs=], knife fighting with a gang member, shooting an Ant's antenna before getting attacked, fending off said ants, and eventually infiltrating the ants base and blowing up the queen.

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''It Came From The Desert'' is an 1989 UsefulNotes/{{Amiga}} game by Creator/{{Cinemaware}} about a young man discovering the existence of [[Film/{{Them}} giant ants hell bent on taking over the world]]. With help from a scientist and some friends, he will need to collect evidence within a time limit to convince the mayor to take action. Gameplay segments include interacting with [=NPCs=], knife fighting with a gang member, shooting an Ant's antenna before getting attacked, fending off said ants, and eventually infiltrating the ants base and blowing up the queen.



In 2017, a low budget film was made changing much of the story. It does play snippets of the original Amiga game during the end credits.
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In 2017, a low budget film low-budget [[https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4288674/ film]] was made made, changing much of the story. It does play snippets of the original Amiga game during the end credits.
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In 2017, a low budget film was made changing much of the story. It does play snippets of the original Amiga game during the end credits.


** PaperThinDisguise: The TurboGrafx16 doesn't even bother to [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent have the ants disguise their voices]]. It took Buzz no time to find them out.

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** PaperThinDisguise: The TurboGrafx16 UsefulNotes/TurboGrafx16 doesn't even bother to [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent have the ants disguise their voices]]. It took Buzz no time to find them out.



* DrivenToSuicide: In the TurboGrafx16 version, the sheriff shoots himself in the head... or not? It's hard to tell because there are [[SpecialEffectsFailure no muzzle flashes made]], AND he just sits back up after that. It turns out the real sheriff is actually about to be eaten alive.

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* DrivenToSuicide: In the TurboGrafx16 UsefulNotes/TurboGrafx16 version, the sheriff shoots himself in the head... or not? It's hard to tell because there are [[SpecialEffectsFailure no muzzle flashes made]], AND he just sits back up after that. It turns out the real sheriff is actually about to be eaten alive.



* LargeHam: Everyone in the Main/TurboGrafx16 version.

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* LargeHam: Everyone in the Main/TurboGrafx16 UsefulNotes/TurboGrafx16 version.



* ShoutOut: Perhaps unintentional, but in the TurboGrafx16 version, whenever Buzz calls out the followers of the ant queen, they scream out in a similar manner to those of the [[Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers body snatchers.]]

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* ShoutOut: Perhaps unintentional, but in the TurboGrafx16 UsefulNotes/TurboGrafx16 version, whenever Buzz calls out the followers of the ant queen, they scream out in a similar manner to those of the [[Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers body snatchers.]]



* UnexplainedRecovery: In the TurboGrafx16 longplay that the Retsupurae duo riffed on, Buzz gets munched on in two of the three side-scrolling segments to seemingly no consequence.

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* UnexplainedRecovery: In the TurboGrafx16 UsefulNotes/TurboGrafx16 longplay that the Retsupurae duo riffed on, Buzz gets munched on in two of the three side-scrolling segments to seemingly no consequence.



** A more infamous example is the TurboGrafx16. Almost all the different mini games have been removed, the characters had been redesigned (especially the main character), and the new mini games are not very good.

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** A more infamous example is the TurboGrafx16.UsefulNotes/TurboGrafx16. Almost all the different mini games have been removed, the characters had been redesigned (especially the main character), and the new mini games are not very good.


* ShoutOut: Perhaps unintentional, but in the TurboGrafx16 version, whenever Buzz calls out the followers of the ant queen, they scream out in a similar manner to those of the [[InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers body snatchers.]]

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* ShoutOut: Perhaps unintentional, but in the TurboGrafx16 version, whenever Buzz calls out the followers of the ant queen, they scream out in a similar manner to those of the [[InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers [[Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers body snatchers.]]

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* [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude Who Names Their Kid "Man O War"?]]: Or Koolman for that matter.

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* [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude Who Names Their Kid "Man O War"?]]: Steel"?]]: Or Koolman for that matter.


* VideoGameRemake: The SegaGenesis version was made into an overhead arcade shooter, but it was never finished.

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* VideoGameRemake: The SegaGenesis UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis version was made into an overhead arcade shooter, but it was never finished.

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* UnexplainedRecovery: In the TurboGrafx longplay that the Retsupurae duo riffed on, Buzz gets munched on in two of the three side-scrolling segments to seemingly no consequence.

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* UnexplainedRecovery: In the TurboGrafx TurboGrafx16 longplay that the Retsupurae duo riffed on, Buzz gets munched on in two of the three side-scrolling segments to seemingly no consequence.

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* UnexplainedRecovery: In the TurboGrafx longplay that the Retsupurae duo riffed on, Buzz gets munched on in two of the three side-scrolling segments to seemingly no consequence.


** The [=TurboGrafxCD=] version has Buzz accused of stealing radioactive waste, which allegedly mutated the ants to begin with. This isn't brought up very often though and it ends up getting sidelined later on.

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** The [=TurboGrafxCD=] version has Buzz accused of stealing radioactive waste, which allegedly mutated the ants to begin with. This isn't brought up very often though and it ends up getting sidelined later on. And as Buzz says when questioned about it by the local radio news man, there really was no plausible way for a high school student to haul away several tons of nuclear waste on a motorcycle, even if you ignore the basic fact that the material was, as explicitly stated, dangerously radioactive.


While mainly an Amiga game, with a follow up made for the system, it was also released for the UsefulNotes/IBMPersonalComputer. Two remakes were completely different: a Turbo Grafx CD version that relied heavily on FullMotionVideo and had little to do with the original game ({{WebVideo/Retsupurae}} [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LVTS9ft4MU&list=WL76E87FF4DC3B5F2A riffed on it]]), and a UsefulNotes/SegaCD version that was an over-head shooter and was canceled by Creator/ElectronicArts when almost finished.

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While mainly an Amiga game, with a follow up made for the system, it was also released for the UsefulNotes/IBMPersonalComputer. Two remakes were completely different: a Turbo Grafx CD version that relied heavily on FullMotionVideo and had little to do with the original game ({{WebVideo/Retsupurae}} [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LVTS9ft4MU&list=WL76E87FF4DC3B5F2A riffed on it]]), and a UsefulNotes/SegaCD UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis version that was an over-head shooter and was canceled by Creator/ElectronicArts when almost finished.


* {{Abandonware}}: The genesis game, which was never finished.

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* {{Abandonware}}: The genesis Sega Genesis game, which was never finished.

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