Level 1

The first level of Battletoads (slightly abbreviated) on the back of an envelope. My brother and I played this level over and over again for hours at a time hoping to finally beat it. If you’ve ever played it, you know why it’s such a nightmare. To this day, I’ve still never finished it successfully without save states. I guess I’m a horrible person.

level 1

I went through a phase where I would repeatedly play through the first level of games I liked and was afraid of anything new.  Turok’s first level is probably the biggest level that I sort of memorized.

Still waiting for the Star Trek: Voyager crossover game.

Bob-omb Battlefield

A Haiku:

Bob-omb Battlefield,

First level in Mario

Thank you Nintendo!


The level/map/board we all know and love. Game: Super Mario 64, of course.


A Mario 64 fan and a child at heart

P.S.: Great site!

Video game haiku seems like it could be it’s own whole deal.  Or maybe some William Carlos Williams?  I have eaten / the mushroom / that was in / the [?] block…

level 1

Oddworld Abe’s Oddysee is definitely one of my favorite games of all time.  Abe is a slave in a meat processing plant, prescription so he has no fighting ability. You play the game with no weapon or hit points, and have to solve a wide variety of puzzles.

This is a map of the first area until you enter the first doorway.

In the map I drew I left the enslaved Mudokons in green, and the Sligs in red (including the sleeping one on the right).  There is a bomb dispenser in the area immediately below the starting area (top left corner) and the circle with a red dot in it is an anti-chant device.  There’s also three saws in the bottom left room.  In square 3 there are 4 doors marked which ones connect.  The dotted rings are chant birds.  The straight dotted lines are rope holding either a loop or elevator.

I’ve since checked how accurate this map is, and I have to say the starting room is spot on!  After that I started accidentally adding parts from other areas…  Still, I haven’t played in about 12 years, and this was a lot of fun and I’m taking this as an opportunity to start playing through again!

level 1

This is the first level of Donkey Kong Country for the SNES. This game gave out extra lives at an incredible rate—I might have forgotten about one on this level. My brother and I beat it one long weekend in December (I think school was closed because of snow), and like an idiot I told my mother that I probably wouldn’t play it again since it was too easy. Of course she had gotten it for us for Christmas that year. In the 17 or so years since we got it, I would guess we played it at least 300 hours, since it turns out that very easiness made it a great way to lazily kill a half hour waiting for dinner or something, just pick it up and go to the fun levels without worrying about lives or anything. 


This is Caves, the first level to the original Tomb Raider as best I can remember. At the bear jump there is a pressure plate that leads you back into the wolf bridge room but I wasn’t sure how to draw it in here and have it make sense but I do remember it being there. Might have been a small medikit down with the bear as well. I played this game since the day it came out and last played it about a year ago and it still holds so much wonder for me and many memories of my late sister and I taking turns to get through the later levels which were nightmares like Tomb of Tihocan. This game will forever have a special place in my heart and is tied with many precious memories I would be lost without.