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The least scary screen in the game.
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Soft & Cuddly is a video game developed by John Janes and published by The Power House for ZX Spectrum in 1987. It's a platformer remembered mostly by the Nightmare Fuel and Mind Screw with gory and weird imagery. In it, you control a small blue man who must rebuild his mother, who is the Android Queen, by finding eight pieces of her scattered around 256 screens. The game also came with a song by H.E.X. (who later went on to develop and provide the music and art to the rather infamous Top Banana), which can be listened to here.

Compare with an earlier released game Go To Hell by the same developer and Top Banana by the music composer, which despite far Lighter and Softer, still surreal and unsettling.


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This game provides examples of:

  • Atop a Mountain of Corpses: The box shows a monster sitting on a bunch of decapitated heads.
  • Deceptively Silly Title: Nope, not a kid's game, even if the title would suggest otherwise.
  • Gorn: Quite a few gory looking traps, and the title screen face is not much better.
  • Jump Scare: The infamous title screen. It pops up after the game finishes loading, and it can certainly be a surprise.
  • Mind Screw: The game has some really weird stuff in it... skulls with berets, weird fish-like creatures, zombie sheep and the like.
  • Never Trust a Title: This game is not soft and cuddly, at all.
  • Nice Hat: Skulls wear berets in this game, for some reason.
  • A Winner Is You: Find all the items, and you get some text saying "Good, whip me with a banana". It is possible that this meant to foreshadow Top Banana.
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