Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Stanley: The Search for Dr. Livingston for NES (1992)

Original ad published in EGM's 1993 Video Game Buyer's Guide (late 1992).
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An ethnocentric romp though the "deepest and darkest" part of Africa

Developed by now defunct ElectroBrain, Stanley: The Search for Dr. Livingston (1992) was a somewhat obscure NES titled that featured floaty controls, repetitive level design and a good dose of white colonization of Africa.

The game takes place at the very end of XIX century. You, as Stanley, must search for Dr. Livingston whilst fighting cannibals, cheetahs, snakes and all kinds of dangers the uncivilized continent has to offer. That includes, of course, stereotypical representations of African natives in black and other dark skin tones.

There is little else to say about this game. It's print ad is the first one of the era that has absolutely no PR fluff shouting how awesome is Stanley. There are some very ugly screenshots to the right, but little else to explain what the hell Dr. Livingston is doing in Africa.

 You do get a very cool poster, à la Indiana Jones, where different layers of danger are slowly revealed. Check out the lower-left corner of the image!

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