Now that I’ve started writing about strange Japanese games – and since I have a reputation of eclecticism to uphold, about which more later – I am forced to confront the difficult task of talking about one of the strangest games I’ve ever come across, without using words or phrases that will make me regret looking in my referrer logs for months to come. That game is Chou Aniki.
I won’t try to describe it, not only because it defies description and because I haven’t played it, but also because other people’s descriptions are so funny.
Gamers.com writes about the PlayStation 2 version, which is called Chou Aniki Seinaru Protein Densetsu. They don’t really go into what the Protein in the title refers to, but they do ponder the question:
Are there that many gamers in Japan who get off on playing innuendo-drenched 2D shooters staring ugly nearly-naked steroid mutants?
This fan page goes into more detail on the mechanics:
But if you still have trouble taking down the enemies, don’t fret! Samson and Adonis aren’t just bodybuilders — they’re trained in Nude Ballet! Tap the other button, and your adept alter-ego performs a pirouette. While twirling, any bullets or oncoming enemies will simply slide off your oily, naked body.
Seanbaby has mentioned it in his hilarious Naughtiest Games of All Time article (hilarious if you don’t take his homophobic remarks seriously). An excerpt:
You start the game as a nine-story flying man in a speedo firing lasers out of your viking hat, and yes you read the beginning of this sentence correctly.
The official website does not feature any funny descriptions, but that doesn’t mean it’s not pretty strange.
Some day I’m going to play that game.