Nickelodeon’s ‘Aaahh!!! Real Monsters’ has become a newly rediscovered pleasure. The series was Nickelodeon in its 90s fueled prime. The series followed Ickis, Bolina and Krumm through their hijinks in monster school. Much like ‘Ren and Stimpy,’ the series relied on gross out humor and was all the more awesome for doing so.
While moving through some of my VHS tapes in storage, I stumbled upon my Super Nintendo and a few of my games. At the top of a dusty stack of games was “Aaahh!!! Real Monsters!” I was elated to find my game system, but was especially excited to replay through Real Monsters. To my recollection I hadn’t ever finished it and from what I remember I had pleasant memories of it.
The Viacom New Media produced game followed Ickis, Oblina and Krumm during a Monster Midterm. Headmaster Gromble, gives instruction to go out and scare people in order to pass the exam and finish the game.
The game was a platformer that was pretty advanced for being a game from 95. As you progressed through, you were able to switch characters in order to complete puzzles that required each monster’s unique abilities. At times, the game would require all three monsters to work together to accomplish certain objectives. It didn’t veer far from the gross out humor made popular by the show either. Some of the special “moves” involved in the game were vomiting up garbage or emitting a large cloud of stinky gas.
During cutscenes, the animation was done surprisingly well (for graphics at the time) and looked like the animation for the series.
I’ve had my turn playing the game again. I got trough its 25 levels, maybe not as quick as I had hoped, but my nostalgia obsessed inner-child was all the happier for making the journey. It is an odd ball game that keeps in line with both, the series and as a platformer from the 90s.