Thursday, June 28, 2012
I found this game, "Gypsy Juggler" via the Wikipedia entry on this arcade game, "Circus", that I tried awhile back. I wasn't crazy about it, probably because I wasn't playing with a paddle. "Gypsy Juggler" is considered to be a spinoff of "Circus", which I suppose makes sense, but I found this game simpler and much easier to enjoy than "Circus".
This game is Pong-simple, but unlike Pong, can be enjoyed with one player (although Gypsy Juggler allows multiple players). I don't know what Gypsies have to do with juggling, but I will take the game's title for it. Anyway, the gameplay really is as simple as the title implies: you juggle an egg. Each time you juggle an egg on your hand or arm successfully, you get 5 points. If the egg hits your head, you don't get a point. Hitting a button releases another egg, so you can juggle up to 4 eggs. The more eggs you juggle, the more points you get for each egg you're able to juggle successfully. Every time you break an egg, a little chick comes and walks away.
I'd never heard of this game before reading about it on Wikipedia, but I'm glad that I tried it. It's a pretty fun time-waster. As the maker of the attached Youtube bit says, it'd be a natural game to update for cell phones and iPods, since it's one of those games that are perfect for a short round of gaming.