“To protect nature against an outbrake of enraged insects caused by an accident in the laboratory, Doctor sends a super robot with solar power hidden in his chest, Burning Man, along with Gronp, in an adventure to do battle against the insects.”
My Japanese is fairly bad but pretty sure that’s what it says in the back of the box. And so you depart as Burning man to play one of the best games I’ve found for the Game Boy in years.
Finished this adorable game several times past week. It was a good while since I found anything this engaging. Shows me that it’s still worth it to methodically browse those 1000+ games Game Boy has to offer even if you’ve been doing it for many years. This time I was going through all the games starting with B and there it was. By the title alone you have no idea what this could be about. It’s has a really nice gameplay idea behind it. You stand on top of a building and several creatures are crawling towards you. You can shoot a laser bean from your chest but instead of shooting directly at the enemy, you use it to cut pieces of posters attached to the wall bellow. Those pieces of paper comes crushing down knocking off almost anything unlucky enough to be directly bellow it. There are 6 posters for you to cut pieces out of and WAY more than 6 enemies per stage so you don’t want to cut too much of it to push one insect down when there are 20 or 30 more on the way. You want to cut it just right. The game rewards you for knocking down multiple enemies with a single piece of paper, so once you get good enough that’s what you want to be doing it.
There are several items to help with your task. There’s an item you get to have Porter (a flying robot) to replace one or all posters for you. Another one summons Kronp (frog robot) who can swallow up any enemies close to the edge of the building. A leaf item causes a heavy wind to knock down all the creatures on screen. You also have time stops and power ups. If all of those are not enough, at the end of each boss fight you gain special items to improve your mobility and protection. Once I had been playing for a couple of hours though, no item was really necessary which I find to be a pity. Unfortunately the game is not hard enough for you to actually need the help from your friend robots along the way. Maybe just a couple of times on your first play through. There’s also a bonus stage that I’m not really sure why it’s there but it’s only 30 seconds long and the music is nice. It also boosts your score quite a bit.
Graphics wise it’s adorable. The enemies look cute, the posters on the walls are nice, the background (pause it to fully appreciate it) is simple but very nicely drawn. One of the reasons it saddens me you almost never need to bring Kronp and Porter to help you is because they look so nice. As for the main character, I think his overall shape is based on those Dogu figures (https://tinyurl.com/ybx65o9g) and on Bomberman as well, possibly. He has a B written across his chest. You can only see him on his side during the intro and it looks like he’s kinda made of paper as well, very slim. The bosses also look interesting to look at for the most part.
I know I’m praising this game too much but one thing I think anyone would agree is how cool the music is. I could play this for the music alone. In fact I’m ripping all the music from this game as I write this. Each boss has its own theme and 4 pieces of music for each set of 4 or 5 stages. Wait until you reach the fourth set of stages. Pretty sick music.
I’m looking for info on this LOZC G. Amusements, the makers of this game but apparently there’s not much out there about them. Couple of Snes titles and a mediocre F1 racing thing for the GB. Looks like Burning Paper is their best achievement. Anyway, if you’re into Game Boy games I can’t recommend this one enough. It’s definitely one of my favourites for the system now. The only things I don’t like it about is how short it is and how it’s fairly easy as well which renders the items kinda useless for the most part. Overall though I think it’s one of the best 68KB you’ll ever download for the Game Boy.