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The Top 7... Little heroes in big worlds

 

Is a child’s imagination powerful enough to make everyday toys like Hot Wheels cars, model airplanes and Army men spring to life, igniting a civil war that slowly tears a house apart? Of course not, but Dreamcast classic Toy Commander captured that same sense of wonderment on a godless, soulless disc. As long as you stay away from the racing levels, you’ll feel like a kid again, joyously reliving plastic-coated fantasies from decades long since past.

Hop in kid-friendly vehicles and stare in wide-eyed amazement at household items suddenly made astonishing:

Indoor basketball goals!
 

Kitchen counters made of individually separated Rubik’s cube pieces!
 

Boring, boring bookshelves in the living room!
 

That sparsely decorated room with chairs no one uses!
 

A cat that really wishes you’d play something else!
 

Most embarrassing tiny thing that kills you:
 

Of all the toe-sized opponents you’ll face, nothing is as degrading as a loss dealt by Chuck, a bunny-suit-wearing Godzilla toy. Sure he can breathe fire and is, for all intents and purposes, the same size as Godzilla, but c’mon... he’s wearing a bunny suit.

Not ready to leave the confines of your own home? Take control of Chibi Robo and engage in the endless cleaning of a home 50 times your size. And you thought tidying up one room was bad...

 

There’s hardly a series more beloved than The Legend of Zelda... but even iconic franchises need to mix things up now and again. That’s where Minish Cap comes in – Link, with the aid of talking hat Ezlo, can shrink to microscopic size and investigate/infiltrate areas that even child Link could never enter. These size-based puzzles added a welcome new layer to the rich brainteaser history Zelda already enjoys.

Thanks to this new perspective, you’re able to gawk slack-jawed at environments you’d normally pass right on by:

Fungus-infested tree trunks!
 

Creaky rafters overrun with Minish mice!
 

Watery old boots!
 

Lilly pads and floating flowers!  

See it all in action here!

Most embarrassing small thing that kills you:
 

Battling these poisonous globs of goo is usually no big thing for Link, but when he’s tinier than a peck on the cheek from Princess Zelda, one is large enough to qualify as a boss. Please, don’t let Link fall to such an overly cuddly enemy.

The terminally ignored Psychonauts never strays from the bizarre, even dabbling in size-shifting just enough to make the also-ran list. Protag Raz (in the red circle) enters the mind of an unsurprisingly crazy coot who thinks he’s Napoleon, and once inside has to shrink onto a hex-based board populated with soldiers, buildings and random discarded items.

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42 comments

  • Gkicker2 - October 26, 2010 5:56 p.m.

    Macro Zone!! Now that takes it back. Number One was the only game I played, but the Macro Zone.. I had forgotten all about it!
  • FierceDeity - October 26, 2008 2 a.m.

    pikmin? no?
  • noofer7 - October 24, 2008 2:34 p.m.

    OK, I decided. I'm getting Okami.
  • iluvmyDS - October 22, 2008 4:08 a.m.

    This is a pretty damn good article, especially because I played most of these games.
  • hunter.s.b - October 22, 2008 3:47 a.m.

    me like pie!
  • noobeater - October 21, 2008 6:05 p.m.

    buck bumble was awesome whoever said it above...i loved the killer pillers or watever they were called. great article....im trying to think of other examples....quite hard well done for finding those they arequite different to what i normally play
  • ELpork - October 21, 2008 10 a.m.

    Almost forgot about the Pray level.
  • Tasty_Pasta - October 21, 2008 5:03 a.m.

    WTFHAX, no Army Men 2?!?!? That was classic, c'mon.
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - October 21, 2008 4:13 a.m.

    Pikmin! Dammit I knew I'd miss something crucial. Oh well, that's why we have comments. Also felt bad for not calling out Micro Machines more. Great party games.
  • garnsr - October 21, 2008 3:54 a.m.

    The Mario shots don't give me the feeling I had decades ago when I played the huge goombas. And why the hell are Okami and Psychonauts so ignored? What a world! What a world!
  • JoeMasturbaby - October 21, 2008 12:40 a.m.

    why are my pants wet?... gaddamn! (i have an Okami fetish)
  • FromTheDeskOfAndrewRyan - October 21, 2008 12:20 a.m.

    Nice haha these games destroy my perception... do not mix with alchohol
  • M-for-Mustache - October 20, 2008 11:06 p.m.

    Cool top 7. This can't be a crowded competition so I'm sure you had dig up some of those. Very original thinking Brett!
  • lava_lamp - October 20, 2008 9:36 p.m.

    oh by the way i love pyshoconauts, that napoleon level is my second favorite one, its funny
  • TobiUchiha - October 20, 2008 8:34 p.m.

    As I read the first one I was thinking about Kingdom Hearts but I though you wouldn't include it because it was only one leve and was preparing to complain in the comments section then BAM my favourite RPG pops up.
  • T0M95 - October 20, 2008 8:24 p.m.

    aaaaaaaaaaaw crappy slow computer. i thought i'd be first, but i was 4 minutes late. damn you! (now i REALLY hate myself.)
  • The_Lurcher - October 20, 2008 8:17 p.m.

    FIR- no im not gonna stoop to that. very good gamesradar id totaly forgot about the okami one!
  • Defguru7777 - October 23, 2008 1:45 a.m.

    Good article. I loved the Minish Cap.
  • relrel310 - October 22, 2008 4:12 a.m.

    i was looking for chibi robo... : (
  • Ravenbom - October 22, 2008 1:13 a.m.

    Great list, as always. Yeah, I was going to say Micro Machines for the 64, but you already beat me to that one in the comments Brett! With another comment mentioning Pikmin, all I can think of now is the levels in Soulblazer where you go into Dr. Leo's model cities in his laboratory.

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