Forgotten Classics: Freakin’ Funky Fuzzballs (1990)

“Forgotten Classics” is a celebration of obscure PC games that weren’t released to widespread fanfare – or simply fell of the radar of gamers at the time of their release – and deserve a second look. In this installment: Freakin’ Funky Fuzzballs, a 1990 strategy game by Sir-Tech Software.

Splash screen for Freakin' Funky Fuzzballs.

With a title like Freakin’ Funky Fuzzballs, you can expect a little gaming weirdness will be coming – and you’d be right. This is the setup: you have a fuzzball that needs to be guided through various maze levels looking for the keys to escape, while avoiding its nasty fuzzball brethren who want to dispose of it. There are tiles on the floor of each maze, some which contain food for your little fuzzball, and some which contain treasures (like magic rings, armor, wands, potions, scrolls and shields). You better plan your route, as your fuzzball moves through the maze it can only cross the same tile twice before it disappears. There are also traps waiting for your poor little fuzzball, so stay on your toes!

Freakin Funky Fuzzballs

Sir-Tech was known for producing the Wizardry RPG series, so Freakin’ Funky Fuzzballs was a complete departure from their norm. (I picture the Wizardry team, burnt out from living an all-RPG, all-the-time existence, seeing this game and falling in love with its sheer absurdity.)  The game was credited as the work of Ian Currie (game design, graphics, and programming) and Robert Koller (game design and graphics).  Of the two designers, Currie would go on to work on several Sir-Tech games, such as Realms of Arkania: Star Trail, the Jagged Alliance series, and Wizardry: Nemesis, as well as more recent non-Sir-Tech offerings (since they went out of business in 2001, but not their Canadian chapter, which lasted until 2003), such as Star Trek: Legacy, Empire Earth III, and Dungeons and Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimited.

Freakin' Funky Fuzzballs item list

This was a fun little game in its day, but even then there was not much replay value, though, as once you mastered the fine art of fuzzballdom and cleared all its levels, there was nothing more to accomplish . Even so, Freakin’ Funky Fuzzballs is a nifty little game that accomplishes what it sets out to do, and if you haven’t played it, worth picking up and playing through.  A true Forgotten Classic!

Freakin' Funky Fuzzballs

 

Heading into the next level…

Forgotten Classics on Warrior Labs PC Gaming Website: Freakin’ Funky Fuzzballs

Started up a new series about forgotten classic PC games at Warrior Labs, a website devoted to good PC gaming. This entry’s subject is the Sir-Tech gem, Freakin’ Funky Fuzzballs.  You can read it here: CLICK ME


Splash screen for Freakin' Funky Fuzzballs.

Warrior Labs is a game devoted to PC Gaming. Their goals are:

- Create a strong community of PC Gamers.
– Get inspiration from each other.
– Tell tales about our favorite games.
– Encourage creativity and gather people around original projects.

UPDATE (October 27, 2011): WarriorLabs.net seems to have gone AWOL from the Internet.  Now this link takes you to a blog entry here at Recycled Thoughts From a Retro Gamer.

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