It's the last month of the year, which also means it's time for one more Guess that Game before the New Year rings in. Last month's entry had a few people guessing correctly and a few being thrown off be the clues. Let's see how people fare this month.

Allow me to welcome you to Guess that Game, a monthly feature loosely based off of the game of 20 Questions. The first thing you might want to do is make sure you are viewing this with the website lights turned on (the switch is located at the top of the website near the search box). If you don't...the clues and answer might be inadvertently revealed as you read this.

However, instead of each of you asking me 20 questions, I have come up with 20 clues about a game whose identity you are trying to guess. The clues start out rather generic and progressively get more revealing, so if you have to read all of the clues, the answer should be fairly obvious by the end (or if you read only the 20th clue, you have a fairly good chance of guessing it, but that kind of defeats the purpose). Your goal is to guess the game after reading as few of the clues as possible starting in numerical order with Clue #01.

NOTICE: Of course I have no way of verifying the integrity of your answer, so should you choose to leave a comment with your score, it is based off of the honor system. I'll take you at your word.

Now, you might notice that except for Clue #1, the rest of them are blank. How are you supposed to read the rest of them? Ah, using the magic of technology...the clues are there, however the font is white so the text appears invisible. In order to view them, all you have to do is highlight the text by clicking and holding the cursor on the text and dragging the cursor over each clue. This is an extremely easy process that most of you are undoubtedly familiar with. Oh, as a reminder - if you're viewing the GI website with the lights off, obviously this isn't going to work since the font color is reversed. I recommend turning the lights on when viewing this blog.

The same concept applies to the answer which is found at the very end of the blog.


With that said let's jump right into the clues!

Good luck, you'll need it!

GOAL: Guess the game by reading as few of the clues as possible, starting at #1.


1. This game originally released in the early 2000's

2. It came from a long running franchise

3. This game introduced new characters to the series that would appear later in other games

4. Many enemies also only ever showed up in this game

5. The main characters probably just wanted to enjoy a vacation

6. There were around 8 different areas including a harbor and a theme park for players to complete missions and explore

7. This game was solely a single player game played in the third person

8. Japanese versions of this game had many different names for areas such as Dolphic Town or Mare Bay instead of their original names along with other small changes.

9. The main character oftentimes uses a device worn on the back that helps them maneuver around the levels

10. Players would be able to get attachments for the device on their back that would allow them to access new areas or complete new goals

11. There were many different bosses to encounter such as giant eels or giant manta rays

12. This was only the second 3d game to come from the series at the time.

13. Players were able to ride dinosaurs and feed them fruit to make them last longer or spray juice on enemies or goop

14. Players would have to collect over 200 blue coins if they wanted to get 100%

15. Early on the main character is falsely accused of crimes the villain committed and is forced to clean up goop the villain spread across the game

16. The main villain is often cloaked as a shadow clone of the main character

17. This game only ever released on the Gamecube

18. In order to clean up the game players must use the Flash Liquidizer Ultra Dousing Device

19. Many areas in the game tend to have Italian names to reference the main character's Italian heritage, such as Pianta Village or Delfino Plaza

20. In order to finish levels players would have to acquire a Shine Sprite which was located at the end of each level or after beating a boss.


So, how did you do?

Lucky Dog (1-5 clues)

Veteran (6 - 10 clues)

Commoner (11 - 15 clues)

Rookie (16 - 20 clues)

I very much enjoyed this game although I've heard that many people have disliked it. It will still remain one of my favorite games regardless.


Super Mario Sunshine

Until next time, Game Informer



Want more Guess that Game in your life? Check out last month's entry here!