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Delicious Ninja Turtle Pies!

Once again I have decided to bring you all a glimpse into the past with another story from internet’s past! This story was originally posted almost 15 years ago when I was young, dumb and full of… Ninja Turtles pies!!

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It was the early 90’s and one thing was on the minds of boys everywhere… what adventures would the ninja turtles get into today when we got home from school. Every weekday at 3:30pm Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would come on and I would always park myself right in front of the TV to watch it.

But I’m getting a little ahead of myself, let’s back up a bit. I would wake up in the morning and get ready for school. As I got dressed I would remember that I had forgotten to do my homework the night before. I would walk to my bestest friend Mike’s house and we would then walk to school. After a great breakfast of either chips, Cheetos or a bag of peanuts we would go to school and wait for them to let us in. As soon as we got in I would find someone that did the homework and copy it real quick. Then I would spend most of the rest of the day drawing pictures of Ninja Turtles and… well actually until a few years later when Ren and Stimpy came out that’s about it.

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I can still hear my teacher saying “You better stop drawing those Injin Turtles Keith!” (She never could get their name right!!) We would get out at around 2:30pm and by 3pm I was at the store with my bestest most best pal Mike buying the only good tasting Ninja Turtle product made besides Ninja Turtle fruit snacks. What was that product you ask? Ninja Turtle pies of course! Some will argue that Ninja Turtle Pasta was good but I never liked chef Boyardee shit so I would have to disagree with that one. But that’s a whole other trip down memory lane. The pie had white filling and green frosting on top of it.

But the best part was that each pie came with a free Ninja Turtle sticker in the package!! But now that I am older and wiser I have come to realize that it’s not actually a free sticker. The regular JJ pies were like 4 for $1 and actually might still be… I dunno. Ninja Turtle pies were $1 each! Granted they were Ninja Turtle pies but that’s a pretty big mark up for green frosting and a sticker. But being the Turtle loving boy I was I bought them and so did Mike. As soon as we got outside of the supermarket door we would open up our pies and look at what stickers we got. To this day swear there were only like 4 or 5 different ones but that didn’t matter to us. We would then eat our pies like they were going out of style (And now that I think about it… they kinda were at that point.) and run home to watch the Turtles battle Shredder, Krang and their evil Technodrome. If we were lucky my mom would have went to the store at some point and got me some Ninja Turtles fruit snacks so we had some great munchies to eat during our favorite cartoon show.

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After it ended we would pop in a Nintendo game and play what we thought at the time were the coolest most realistic games that could ever be made. I still remember playing Super Mario Bros. 1 and thinking how real it looked. Little did I know in just a couple years, Genesis would come out and totally revolutionize gaming with Sonic the Hedgehog. We would play a few games of Tecmo Super Bowl and Mega Man 2 and then my mom would yell at us to go outside… she did that a lot!! Anyway we would go outside and bring all my Turtle action figures out with us. We would take turns picking teams from my bin of Turtle toys then set up our bases. Then it came time to ask the question… “Do we be friends or enemies?” and although it made for some boring game play we always picked friends. We took an hour to put every guy in his place then we pretty much left them there cuz they looked so cool all set up. I liked to have the mailbox as my base and Mike usually had the chair on the porch. I would get the Turtle helicopter with the punching action cuz I had the high up base and mike would get the Turtle car with the big green tires and the ooze cannon on top.

We would each grab one guy and make them meet half way so they could “talk” to each other. My team leader would fly over to the meeting spot and Mike’s would drive over with an extra guy manning the canon. Usually convos were like “Hey buddie what’s up?” “Not much here how about you?” “Not really to much. See any bad guys around lately that by you base that we can team up and kill?” “No… not anytime lately. Well see ya later.” “Okay buddy see ya later.” Then we would make our guys fly/drive back to there bases. We would then set them back up in their place and look at them some more… cuz they looked so cool. But they would have looked cooler if I didn’t always lose the weapons 2 minutes after I bought a new figure. After a while we would take them all down and put them away not really having done anything with them. Then we would get out our big old green screen Game Boys and play some awesome Ninja Turtles action.

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After that we would go buy some more pies and stick the stickers everywhere. We put them on notebooks, windows, on our shirts and even on my desk at school. What fun times we had as Turtle obsessed youths.

 

– Keith White Jr.

Follow Me @KeefWhiteJr

 

Let me Introduce Myself…

As the newest member of the SDL Staff, I felt it would be best if I introduce myself. That way you will all know who I am and what I will be bringing you each and every week.

My name is “The Main Event” Salvatore Morocco. Due to all of my involvements in pro wrestling, film making, my life in art, Vegas, gambling and my king of the night lifestyle, I cannot reveal too much about myself just yet. I suppose that I “could” reveal more, but I prefer to leave an air of mystery. Let that be my first lesson to you reader; let there be some mystery. Never give everything away.  But fear not, you will learn more about me in my upcoming articles. However,  I will never divulge too much information.

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I will tell you, since this is a wrestling article,  I am a professional wrestler.  I have just begun to make a name for myself around the wrestling world.  Most notably defeating Zach Gowan and Gregory Iron in recent tag-team action.  In the United States I compete as myself, Salvatore Morocco and internationally I compete under a mask but the Lucha Libre lifestyle does not allow me to reveal that identity. Look to see many great things from me all across the world in 2015.

defeatOn top of being both a lifelong fan of wrestling and involved in the business, I have been involved in the music industry, the fashion world and the world of film making. These skills I’ve picked up give me added experience that I hope will translate into an enjoyable and informative reading experience. I plan not only to entertain you, dear reader, but perhaps teach some valuable lessons along the way.I have been watching professional wrestling for nearly 20 years.  WWE(F), WCW, ECW, WCCW, AWA, Smokey mountain, ROH, TNA. There is no federation or talent I wont watch. It’s that talent that brought me to the ring 3 years ago and it’s that passion that will lift me to the top of the business that I love! I have experienced many things in the “squared circle” and been a part of many company’s product. I will use my experiences, my knowledge, and unbiased judgment to bring you captivating articles each and every week right here on “Stuff Dudes Like”.

With all of that said,  I hope you will join me next week as the journey begins! You can also find me on Twitter @salvatoremorocc or just send me a message in the comments below.

– Salvatore Morocco

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An Ecto-Cooler Flashback

Before reading this story please be aware that it was written almost 15 years ago on my very first website… I just wanted to share it with all the dudes out there!

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Like a year ago I was walking to Blockbuster with my friend Hami to rent a Dreamcast game and I decided to stop into a dirty little wannabe super market to buy a Pepsi. As I walked towards the cooler I noticed a shopping cart full of “discount” items and other open boxed “deals”. My curiosity got the best of me and I had to riffle threw it. At the bottom was a bottle of Hi-C Ecto Cooler, that at this point had to be at least 10 years old.

I picked it up and it wasn’t really green anymore, it was more of a grayish green and it looked like it had sand at the bottom of the jug. The label was all faded and starting to crumble from me touching it. It was marked down to $2 from $3 (Which isn’t much of a deal for a 10 year old drink) and I almost bought it but I only had $2 on me and I really needed a drink of something that wouldn’t kill me so I bought a Pepsi instead. But what the Ecto Cooler did do was bring me back to the early 80’s and a time when my biggest fear was missing my cartoons and a time when $10 was more money than I knew what to do with. The 80’s were a great time to be a kid. You had heroes like Hulk Hogan telling us to eat our vitamins and say our prayers and you had great cartoons like He-Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Silverhawks, Thundercats, She-ra, ALF, Voltron, Gobots, and The “Real” Ghostbusters.

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And don’t get The “Real” Ghostbusters confused with the total crap filmation released in ’85 called Ghostbusters to cash in on the Ghostbusters movie. I’m talking about the cartoon based on the Bill Murray movie, not the one with a monkey wearing a backpack and Indiana Jones hat!

I can remember so many Saturday mornings in front of the TV with a big glass of Ecto cooler, a bowl of Ninja Turtles cereal (Which tasted like shit but was a Ninja Turtles product so I ate it anyway.) and my Super Mario Bros. Feety PJ’s watching all the awesome 80’s cartoons. I know what you’re thinking and your right… Hi-C does not go well with cereal at all!! But I needed something to wash down that terrible Ninja Turtles cereal. I would watch the adventures of Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz, Egon Spengler, Winston Zeddmore, Janine Melnitz and the loveable yet trouble making Slimer. I would watch as ghost after ghost would battle and lose to the “Real” Ghostbusters. Then after cartoons ended my parents would make me go outside and play so I would grab my action figures and go on the porch. I only had the actual Ghostbuster figures except for one ghost that looked like a football player and a slimmer figure so most of the time my Ghostbuster action figures were busting Skeletor and the Shredder. Then someone would always come over and ask me to come play so I would leave all my figures on the porch (even though my parents told me not to everyday of my up until that time short life) and I would go play sidewalk poison with all the kids from the neighborhood. Some how all of the toys would still be there when my mom called me for lunch and just like every Saturday afternoon I would walk right past them cuz I didn’t feel like picking them up. And just like every Saturday afternoon my mom would look at me and I would know to go pick them all up before I could eat my Ninja Turtle frozen Pizza (Which also tasted like shit but again was a Ninja Turtle product so I had to eat it.) and have another glass of Ecto Cooler, which I later found out wasn’t really Ecto Cooler at all.

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After I drank my first jug of Ecto Cooler my mom just made green Kool Aid and filled the jug with it over and over. Either way I would grab my Pizza and my Ecto Kool Aid and I would pop in either one of my Taped off TV cartoon VHS tapes (I wonder what ever happened to those??) or I would attempt to play Nintendo and eat without making a mess… But after a few games of Punch-Out and WWF Wrestlemania my controllers always seemed to get covered in grease and pizza sauce. After lunch it was time for more sidewalk poison (Which was scary to think about now cuz we played until after it was dark) then it was time to go in for the night. I would get into my other Super Mario PJ’s, grab my teddy bear with the red bow tie and go to bed.

 

– Keith White Jr.

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No Holds Barred

As dudes there are certain things that non-dudes will never understand. No matter how hard we try to explain how awesome they are. Fast cars, the amazing taste of a cold beer on a hot summer day and of course 80’s action movies!

We here at SDL loves the take no prisoners, car explosion filled, machine gun shooting, female breast bouncing masterpieces of the 1980’s!

As a courtesy to all of the dudes out there, SDL will from time to time find and recommend a great 80’s action movie that can be found on the greatest invention of the modern times, a little service called Netflix!

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This pick is for one the unsung heroes of 1980’s action cinema and a movie that I actually saw in a movie theater as a youngster. It is the 1989 classic film “No Holds Barred” starring Hollywood icon Hulk Hogan as “Rip” and Tiny Lister Jr. as the one and only “Zeus”.

In the film Rip is the World Wrestling Federation champion and the biggest star on television. Every time he defends the championship on TV, rival station the “World Television Network” suffers in the ratings. WTN owner (and one of the greatest 80’s movie villains of all time) Mr. Brell wants to sign Rip away from the WWF and have him wrestle on the WTN instead. But Rip declines the offer and then forces Mr. Brell to eat the blank check he had offered and then makes a poop joke. Angered, Mr. Brell hires an ex-con named Zeus to be his network champion. With Zeus, Mr. Brell begins the “Battle of the Tough Guys” show to challenge the WWF on TV and to challenge Rip personally. All of this leads to the ultimate match between TV’s biggest stars… A “No Holds Barred” match to be exact! (See what I did there??)

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If you have already seen this amazing piece of cinematic mastery, you know that I purposely glossed over some of the finer points of the plot as to not ruin it for those that may want to boot up their Netflix account and catch the flick for the first time. But be prepared… there will be more poop jokes, implied rape attempts, sex jokes, murders, workout montages, and Mr. Brell calling everyone he doesn’t like a “Jock-Ass” (how in the world did that not catch on???)! All of that and it was marketed as a movie for kids back in 1989!

I’m not sure how many of you are still here and not already on Netflix watching Hulk Hogan prove he is Hollywood royalty, but if you needed any more reason to watch “No Holds Barred” tonight there is always this…

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HULK HOGAN IS SO AWESOME HE MADE A DUDE CRAP HIS PANTS!!

Just go watch it! I’m sure you will come back and thank me later in the comments below.

 

 

– Keith White Jr.

Follow Me @KeefWhiteJr

A story about my smartphone…

For many years I was the kind of dude that had an iPhone. No matter what anyone said, I had no interest in leaving the warm and loving arms of apple’s awesome phone. But one day I was in the middle of a game of Angry Birds and couldn’t get out of it. My home button had stopped working. I didn’t know what to do. I hit it over and over until it finally registered. I took it into the apple store but the phone was long out of warranty and the price to fix it was way more than I was willing or able to part with. So it would seem, the search was on for a new phone.

A new iPhone would have been hundreds and hundreds of dollars (I don’t sign contracts with cell phone companies but that’s a story for another day…) so that was out of the question.

First I tried out a friends Android phone and while there were lots and lots of apps in the Google play store, I didn’t like the look or feel of the OS itself. Then I tried a Blackberry but the app store was a ghost town and the OS was the same as it had been when I had a Blackberry back in the day and felt like it was for an old rich business man that wanted a smartphone but didn’t actually know how to use a smartphone.

For a while I even thought about buying one of those weird GooPhones from China that looks and operates just like an iPhone but actually runs Android, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.

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Just when all seemed lost and I was going to have to either continue to use a broken phone or switch to a phone I had no interest in using, I happened to walk past the Microsoft store in the mall. I went in to look at Xbox games and something caught my eye. It was a Nokia Lumia 520. It wasn’t the biggest or most powerful phone in the store but it was $50 and it came with a free case. I spent the next twenty minutes navigating the system and looking around the app store. They had just installed Windows 8.1 on the phone and everything about it was awesome!

The Live Tiles, which are the icons on the home screen can be adjusted to different sizes and put in any order you want. They also flip to show different things like news or high scores in games. And Cortana blows Siri out of the water in coolness. She sounds like a real persons and gives awesome answers to questions. She will also tell jokes, sing songs and tell you how much she loves Halo.

The app store isn’t as big or robust as my iphone was but they keep adding apps and games everyday and the apps it does have are actually better in a lot of cases. Most games have Xbox support and will even give you gamer points and achievements on your Xbox profile. Plus Netflix lets you search with Cortana and the Live Tile displays all your recent views. It may not seem like a big deal but its those cool little features that make Windows an awesome OS for phones.

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Its been a while since I made the switch and I have upgraded myself to a Lumia 630 and also gotten my kids Windows Phones.

Now I just have to wait for my iPad to die so I can get a Surface tablet…

 

– Keith White Jr.

Follow Me @KeefWhiteJr

Bad Fantasy Advice – Year in Review

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It’s time to look back at all the amazing drafting strategies that really paid off this year. Drafting a QB early like Peyton or Luck surely led you to a fantasy championship, drafting a QB early always pays off. You can always count on a St. Louis and Pats RB, always. Doug Martin continues to show his 1 good game 2 years ago was not a fluke. Taking Jimmy Graham in the top 15 continues to show true genius, make sure to do it again next year. Eddie Lacy is still too fat to play in the NFL, I’m still skeptical.

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This year confirmed you can’t wait to draft a defense until the last two rounds, you missed out on the quality returns like the Panthers and Bengals. Why would you take a flier on some unknown rookie like Odell Beckham, when you could take a guaranteed 6 points a week?

Don’t worry about Bishop Sankey guys, he’ll break out any year now.

That will do it this year for bad fantasy advice, don’t worry, it will be even worse next year.

– Adam Dulski

Follow me @adamdulski

Beer Review: Billy’s Chilies by Twisted Pine Brewing Company

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Have you ever felt like going out and getting tacos but you would rather stay home and drink beer instead?  Have you ever been at a bar and started to crave the Mexican food from the place down the street but your buddies don’t wanna leave yet?  Well, we have your back here at Stuff Dudes Like!

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Next time you find yourself in one of the above situations, we recommend hunting down a bottle of Billy’s Chilies.  It’s like drinking a taco, man.  You can taste the jalapenos and the other types of chilies that are involved in brewing the beer.  It’s not too spicy, it’s just enough to be interesting and to give you the unique flavor that the beer promises.

So next time you want beer and tacos but you wanna avoid getting hammered and ordering food at the Taco Bell drive-thru while on foot at 4AM, try a bottle of Billy’s Chilies.  But hey, if you wanna get drunk and engage in drunken debauchery and shenanigans, we won’t judge you here at Stuff Dudes Like.

 

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– Mike O’Brien

Why Angelina Jolie is the ideal woman for dudes!

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She acquires godly physical features that don’t demand any enhancer or products to intensify her beauty, her seductive lips have become famous in their own rights and she has an attitude that the rebellious Lara Croft would truly be proud of. In theory she is the woman who clasped the heart of a married man resulting in the end of America’s then most adored Hollywood couple, she eluded a carefree stance which radiated a promising good time. Fast track ten years ahead and Angelina Jolie is hardly identifiable with the cold hearted, resilient woman that everybody once knew her as.
Instead you have a woman whose life experiences and journey in to womanhood have melted away at that coldness and what is left is a beautiful, kind woman who is using her position and power to make all kinds of positive changes in the world. Voted as the sexiest woman alive by countless international magazines and media outlets, just what is it about Angelina Jolie that appeals to so many men?

It could possibly be the fact that Angelina Jolie has been both types of women in her elaborate thirty nine years. The Angie from ten years ago was known for talking openly about her crazy sex life, carrying human blood in a vial around her neck, her hard, feisty, unapproachable attitude that so many men find exhilarating. To a much softer lady, who speaks graciously and lovingly about her family and is clearly so passionate about helping to end the cruelty in the world through her United Nations ambassador work. Women are also fascinated by Angelina, maybe even more so now since she has shown the world a softer side which has dimmed down the attributes that once intimidated women. Through her humanitarian work she has convinced people that she is worthy of praise and the title as the ideal woman.

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Angelina Jolie regularly makes headlines when pictured out and about with her brood of six children; three of which she adopted from underdeveloped countries. Her affectionate, tending and protective nature towards her kids can also be considered another reason as to why men are enthralled by the woman who seemingly can do it all. Jolie plays the dutiful, responsible mother and wife role impeccably and men have always regarded a caring and kind woman at the top of their favorite qualities in a woman list.

Money. Men especially in this generation look for women who are financially stable, strong and able to help provide for their family. Angelina Jolie has worked hard and earned money from her talents since the tender age of six years. But her millions are as important to her as the fame. Another attractive quality is that though she is arguably one of the wealthiest actors of our time, you never see that the finer things in life or luxuries of the world pay much significance to her. She still remains to be grounded, even stating in several interviews how she stresses the importance of not letting money control you to her six children.

Or alternatively, the reason why Angelina Jolie is the ideal woman for men around the world, may
be because she is simply flawless. And lets face it men don’t really make a habit of looking at many
other qualities beyond that.

 

 

– Aneesa Mirza

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www.aneesamirza.wordpress.com

 

Beer Review: Pumking by Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Pumking is a fantastic seasonal beer brewed by Southern Tier Brewing Company of Lakewood, NY.

The first thing you think of when you open the bottle is just how much it smells like the pumpkin pie your grandmother used to make.  You also get a strong smell of what could be cinnamon and nutmeg. But honestly, who the hell really knows what the spices are, it just smells good ok?

This is hands down the best pumpkin beer we’ve ever tried here at Stuff Dudes Like and we believe it’s the only pumpkin beer that’s worth spending money on (feel free to send us a six pack of your favorite pumpkin beer for us to “evaluate”).

 

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Pick up some Pumking if you want to have a great fall/winter beer that has a unique flavor.  We would also recommend having a recliner nearby – Pumking is 8.6% ABV and if you have it with a piece of pumpkin pie you’ll be asleep within 5 minutes.

 

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– Mike O’Brien

Frobot

THIS REVIEW ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON EXTRAGUY.COM

 

Genre: Action, Puzzle, RPG, Shooter
Release Date: December 20, 2010
Platform: Nintendo Wii, WiiWare
Price: 1000 Wii points ($10)

 

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There’s nothing better than games with odd, goofy or completely over-the-top themes. Being able to escape into a world that could never really exist, with characters I would never meet in real life will always top the ultra-realistic simulations in my book. The new Wiiware game, Frobot, is all those things I love and more. Developer Fugazo has crafted a fun shooter-puzzle-action-RPG hybrid that will test your reflexes and bring the funk like only an Afro-picking, disco-dancing, robo-lady lovemaking robot could.

As far as I can tell, Frobot is a robo-pimp with a stable of five “girlfriends”. After the his foxy ladies are kidnapped, he sets out on an adventure to save them. The game’s levels are set up as a series of rooms, each filled with enemies and puzzles. It’s a formula that will be immediately familiar to anyone that has played any of the classic Zelda games, but with quite a bit more to do. You’ll point, shake and dance your way from room to room trying to power up transportation warp pads that help Frobot move from level to level and closer to rescuing his robo-hoes.

Some developers have had trouble when it comes to using the Wii’s remote and nunchuck to their full potential, but Fugazo has nailed it dead on. Everything is mapped out intuitively and you wont stumble when trying to remember which button does what, even in the middle of a fight. The game also tests your ability to multitask. You will regularly be pointing at the screen while moving Frobot around and using weapons at the same time. Add the later stages’ ramped up puzzle and enemy difficulties and you have all the makings of an edge-of-your-seat, breath-holding good time that will keep you coming back for more. The levels also have hidden Power Picks and best times to beat. So even after you have finished “singleplaya” mode, there is still reason to keep on keepin on, playa.

 

 

They have also included a “multiplaya” mode where you and three of your pimptastic pals can fight it out until just one robot remains. There are a number of arenas to choose from (more of which can be unlocked by beating the time goals in “singleplaya”) and all of the different weapons Frobot finds throughout the game can be put to use against your friends. The levels also have hazards and obstacles scattered around, adding an element of strategy to what could have been just mindless deathmatch battles.

The game is oozing with personality in every aspect of its production. The graphics and tunes are just plain cool and need to be experienced to truly appreciate them. The animations are fluid, the stages colorful and you wont be able to get the funky-fresh tunes out of your head for days after playing.

When I first heard about Frobot I knew I had to play it… but mostly because I thought it was going to be a complete train wreck of a game with jokes in the so-bad-they’re-good category. Instead I was treated to a Zelda-inspired romp thorough the futuristic world of the 1970s. It’s a simple equation: Classic Zelda plus Afro-robots plus multilaya equals a completely funk-a-delic, must have good time. Frobot is funky, fresh and is absolutely worth your time, your Wii points and your Afro picks.

 

FINAL VERDICT

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– Keith White Jr.

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