The Top 7... Little heroes in big worlds


Did we say Psychonauts was terminally ignored? Okami had to suffer not one, but two worldwide shrugs at retail, first on PS2 in 2006, then again this year on Wii. We, like everyone else who bothered, loved it, but despite such strong affection, thousands of players may not have made it all the way to the end. If you didn’t (and stopped after beating Orochi like some of us at GR), you missed Amaterasu being zapped to microbe-size to enter a sick emperor and beat the illness out of him.

You don’t see much in the way of new environments, or even a new take on old places you’ve already seen, but the trip itself is quite memorable:

Witness! Amaterasu change from proud wolf to pinkie toe runt!

See! Booger-sized Issun in his true form!

Watch! The god-dog shrink small enough to enter someone’s body!

View! Ammy and Issun take control of the emperor from within!

It’s one thing to simply reduce your size – it’s quite another to shrink down so small you can comfortably fit inside a human being. Note that this is different from fighting something that is naturally larger than you, as in Shadow of the Colossus or the whale in Kingdom Hearts.


If you like warding off ill-meaning monsters from inside other people’s guts, attempt to suffer through Final Fantasy Legend II, where you’re magically shrank and injected into Ki, a girl who’s been invaded by... things. See that map up there? That’s her!

If you dare, observe how lucky you kids today are with your full-color portable systems:


Katamari kinda-sorta breaks the rule a bit, as you’re not always small, nor are you always large. You start out quite tiny, but as you collect more and more junk for your soon-to-be celestial body, the katamari grows to planet-size and beyond.

Before you begin absorbing the cosmos, you have to start small:

Cluttered stairwells!

Cluttered restaurants!

Cluttered closets!

Cluttered store shelves!

So, what’s the most annoying tiny thing that could kill you? Well, you can’t really “die” in Katamari games, but anything that’s one goddam nanometer larger than your katamari will stop you dead in your tracks, bouncing off and shaking loose a bunch of the random crap you’d collected. Not death, no, but far more obnoxious.


Need more crudely rendered Japanese people to harass? Mister Mosquito lets you suck a whole family dry with your ace-insect skills.

Now what could possibly be better than all the rest of these entries? Hm...


Top 7


  • 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 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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