I was asked to play two games, one that I could play forever, and one that frustrates me. I picked Minecraft and Ice Age 2: The Meltdown for the Gamecube.
I don’t think there is anyone who hasn’t at least heard of Minecraft. It’s an open world sandbox game created by Mojang where you control your character using WASD to move around, move your mouse to control what your character is looking at, left click to attack or just punch tree, right click to interact with objects such as chests and crafting tables, as well as place down blocks, press E to open your inventory, press Space to Jump, hold down the left Shift to Crouch, use the scroll wheel or number keys to change what your holding, and press F to put something in your off-hand. There are other functions such as pressing F5 to switch between first person and third person from the front or back and pressing down the mouse wheel to pick a block. All of the controls are extremely quick in response. The objective of the game is to survive and build things. With everything in the game being cubes the list of things you can create is limitless. Through certain actions you get advancements (formerly known as achievements) from making your first crafting table to obtaining diamonds. There are even obscure ones like “When Pigs Fly” where you have to ride a pig off a cliff at a very high distance, this was very hard until the carrot on a stick came along. You also get experience points from killing mobs, breeding, smelting, and mining certain ores; you can use these experience points to enchant any armor, tools, or weapons you may have and make them better. This is a game with literally no ending so you could play it forever or until you get bored of the world.
This Gamecube game that is loosely based on the movie of the same name, was one of my favorite games as a kid and remember a lot of things about it by heart. You play as Scrat, the lovable Saber Tooth Squirrel as he tries to get a golden acorn, collecting other nuts along the way. There are also several mini games you have to play in order to progress like trying to avoid being caught by Diego and Penguin Bowling. You use the main control stick to move Scrat around and you use the yellow C control stick to adjust the camera angle. The Y button allows you to talk to other characters from the movie like Manny and Diego, as well as read signs, climb rough walls, dig up buried items, and squeeze through cracks. You use the A button to jump and twice to double jump. You press the B button to attack and the X button to through rocks, the R button allows you to go into first person for better aim. You press the Z button to sniff out hidden items in bushes. The L button to do a special attack. All these responses happened as soon as the button was pressed. Collecting nuts allowed you to unlock special features that were contained in the game, like behind the scenes interviews with the movie cast.
I had a lot of fun playing this game as a kid but there were a few moments that got me really frustrated. The first part of this game that frustrated me was the Sid Water Slide mini-game, where you play as Sid the Sloth as he goes down a huge ice slide; the goal is to try to rack up at least 7000 points by the time you reach the bottom. This was probably due to a lack of skill on my part but it was very hard. You gain points by going through goal posts, collecting nuts, and doing a good job on the jumps where you have to move the control stick in a certain order. You loose points by not doing well on those jumps and hitting ice rocks and fallen icicles. I usually hit a lot of stuff when I played this level but it was very rewarding when I finally got past the bare minimum points. The second thing that frustrated me was the third level in the Sloth Village Stage where you have to light Scat’s tail on fire and make your way to the top of a mountain to light the giant Sloth statue. My frustration with this was the level design itself; once you lit your tail of fire, you had a certain amount of time before it goes out, the problem is that there is no indicator of how long it is until then, and if you don’t get to the statue before your tail goes out, you have to go all the way back down to the bottom of the mountain, light your tail on fire again, and start all over. There is literally no time to waste in this level. Those were what frustrated me the most with the game, they weren’t impossible, just very difficult.