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This has to be the best stats screen in the history of video games

The statistic screen is the personal story of a player's journey through a game, traditionally retold using the ancient language of numbers. How many miles travelled. How many enemies killed. How many missions failed. How many hats worn. It's all there. One big list of ultimately pointless numerical minutiae that is irresistible to the gamer psyche.

As a lover of these geek-pleasing data repositories, I was overcome with happiness when I visited the statistical menu screen of Twisted Pixel's recently released XBLA side-scrolling shooter, Comic Jumper: The Adventures of Captain Smiley. Not only was it full of accurately recorded information presented in a succinct and easy-to-digest format, but it also had its very own dedicated statistical menu screen song. A song all about the statistics I was looking at. If this isn't the best stats menu in the history of video games, well, I'll be pretty darned surprised. This is it:


I should point out that those stats aren't mine. They're the stats of whoever uploaded the vid to YouTube. But the tune's the same.

If anyone knows of a better screen of statistics in a game, please tell me. I want to know about it.

I'm figuring the statistics song is by Twisted Pixel's Matt 'Chainsaw' Chaney, who basically won me over forever when I picked up a fat scientist in last year's excellent Splosion Man and this song started playing:


It's these little touches that make me love Twisted Pixel and will keep me playing Comic Jumper, despite the fact it flounders disappointingly between hit-and-miss. Full review here.

October 18, 2010

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17 comments

  • mrmorozov987 - October 19, 2010 11:11 p.m.

    If there ever was a more awesome stat screen, it was probably so awesome it caused a crack in the space time continuum and made everyone forget about it. That's how awesome this is.
  • GangsterJew92 - October 19, 2010 2:09 a.m.

    I love this stats screen. This is why Twisted Pixel is the #1 XBLA developer
  • maydae503 - October 18, 2010 9:08 p.m.

    it's true... everyone DOES love doughnuts!
  • crazyqazqaz - October 18, 2010 7:29 p.m.

    @ Ninjadmin. You gotta love the splosion man credits song. 'tis the best song made by anyone. Ever. Nuff said.
  • FauxFurry - October 18, 2010 3:10 p.m.

    Twisted Pixel beats out Rockstar on things like this, at least. When is the last time that Rockstar even composed their own semi-comical takes on popular music genres,anyway? When the next GTA comes along, I want a song about how many cars were jacked from little old ladies then promptly wrapped around the nearest telephone pole,how many brave officers died in the line of duty for you to get your jollies,how your character beat the wrap again despite having a record of crimes against humanity that would make the cheek pixels of a Wolfenstein baddie go all rosy,and how much time was spent beating up hookers and looking at politicians' penises.
  • Clovin64 - October 18, 2010 2:27 p.m.

    @n00b Bingo.
  • n00b - October 18, 2010 2:17 p.m.

    @Clovin64 did you do that for final fantasy 13 too?
  • Baron164 - October 18, 2010 1:11 p.m.

    This is one of the first things I did in the game. I love it, Twisted Pixel always does a good job of hiding stuff like this in their games.
  • ShaneCedt - October 18, 2010 12:50 p.m.

    It's a good way to get word of mouth of a game that won't bowl anyone over. I would never have heard of Captain Smiley superhero whatever.
  • Clovin64 - October 18, 2010 12:47 p.m.

    God I love stats screens. I remember I had pretty darn impressive stats for Timeplitters 2 back in the day. Many, many hours spent playing, many, many (many) bullets fired, and whole lot of points for animal cruelty. I want every game from now on to have stats screens (preferably with an epic song). I love them so damn much. Its also a good way to show your mates how sad and geeky you are. Number of hours spent rotating the camera angle to get a good view of the female character's ass...off the chart.
  • abbottfrizzell - October 18, 2010 12:30 p.m.

    lol wtf. That's just grand!
  • mausjake - October 18, 2010 12:20 p.m.

    this alone makes me wanna pick up this game
  • Ninjadmin - October 18, 2010 12:19 p.m.

    Yeah, its when he bites Smileys hand at the end of the first & last level. Just mash the X button. Lucky accident I found it too.
  • Matt Cundy - October 18, 2010 12:17 p.m.

    @OnyxOblivion You can punch Star at the very end of the Brad level. It's not very clear that you can - I just happened to hit a button at the right moment.
  • AngryScotsman - October 18, 2010 12:15 p.m.

    It's the little things that make it count.
  • OnyxOblivion - October 18, 2010 12:12 p.m.

    How do I punch Star? ARGH!
  • Ninjadmin - October 18, 2010 12:08 p.m.

    It's these little touches that make me love Twisted Pixel and will keep me playing Comic Jumper, despite the fact it flounders disappointingly between hit-and-miss. Yep. Completely agree. Splosion Man had it all though - all the charm & it was just genuinely brilliant to play too. Shame they couldnt get the same balance again. Have you seen the ending to Sploion Man too? Best credit sequence ever!

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