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RUN RUN PONPOKO
TO EAT THE FRUITS
JUMP BOUND AROUND
WITH YOUR BIG BELLY OUT
Attract Mode song

Ponpoko is a 1982 Arcade Platform Game. Though originally produced in Japan by Sigma Enterprises, it became most popular in South Korea, where it is known as Neoguri (너구리).

The player controls a tanuki named Ponpoko, who goes around single-screen levels collecting fruits, climbing ladders, avoiding enemies, and jumping over spikes and gaps in the platforms.

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Not to be confused with Pom Poko.


Tropes appearing in this game:

  • Chest Monster: "?" pots release either bonus points or snakes.
  • Edible Collectible: The object of each level is to eat the eight "fruits" (which may be vegetables or mushrooms).
  • Endless Game: The game only has 20 "patterns," and the 20th one just repeats after you beat it.
  • Every 10,000 Points: The player gains an extra life at 30,000 points, though (as usual) difficulty switches can change this behavior.
  • Falling Damage: Even falling one level is fatal, which makes it necessary to use the ladders.
  • Jump Physics: Not particularly generous by modern standards, though both a high jump and a low jump are available.
  • Selective Gravity: All the enemies move from left to right and back with no regard for gravity.
  • Shave and a Haircut: This is used as the Game Over jingle.
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  • Spikes of Doom: They may only be pins, but they're still pointy and deadly.

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