The Adventures of Panzer

A NEW game for your NES Console!

Legendary retired raid leader Panzer and his trusty sidekick Blarghe attempt to reunite with their former comrades to undertake a momentous mission. Unfortunately, after 10 long years apart, the old crew may not be happy to see them! Join Panzer and Blarghe for five unique levels of incredible platforming action! Journey through Mecha-Grokk’s Bandit Cave, Vespeto’s Dinosaur Jungle and even Pugna’s Warlock Castle. Use both physical melee and magic projectile attacks to crush your enemies! Fight monsters and mini-bosses, avoid bats and spiders, and dodge arrows and magic spells to rescue… or possibly kidnap… Panzer’s former raid members!

The Story

Back in 2010, I was a fulltime player in a very popular MMO (I’m sure you can figure out which one!) when myself and some players who regularly raided together created a guild called, “Zergadins.” My experiences with these players were some of the best of my late twenties and early thirties, and I wanted a way to remember those times. In 2010, I came up with the idea of composing comic strips as a way to try to capture some of the humor that regularly ran through the voice and text chats during dungeon runs and raids.  My artistic skills at the time where somewhat lacking, so instead of drawing the images I decided to try my hand at making extremely basic pixel art. The more I worked at it, the more I realized that the artwork was able to get the point across while at the same time avoiding being overly complicated. I loved how the crew enjoyed seeing their game characters pixelized and put into whatever random weird situations I could come up with. Fast forward a year, and the art had turned into a full webcomic with quite a cult following. Unfortunately, as time went on the crew started to move onto other things, including other guilds and other MMOs, so I made the difficult decision to stop writing the web comic and to move onto other things as well.

“Although the first level isn’t terribly difficult, the boss fight where you have to fight Grokk in order to recruit him brings back the old school hard NES boss fight feels.” – Friday Night Arcade

“I’ve found it to be a lot of fun, but hoo boy are those bosses some big difficulty spikes. That purple whatsit, pictured above, is the second boss (out of five), and that thing is rough!” – Levi

” … We do know this much, Panzer is an arrogant Buffon …” -Mistah Megaman Fan

Panzer The Amazing

The game would be centered around Panzer, my old MMO character. The Zergadins members always joked about how Panzer as a character was an extremely well-decorated and legendary military General, despite having never fought in a major battle and always failing at being in command of an army. The other Zergadins members’ characters believed that a lot of Panzer’s bravado was manufactured, and despite his famous reputation, his personality showed him to be arrogant, selfish, incompetent, mean-spirited, and extremely vain. Panzer’s personality embodied someone who tended to make incredibly ill-conceived decisions, but whose commands were also obeyed without question, usually with very disastrous results.  Keeping this in mind, I knew it would only be fitting for Panzer to be the centre of the game; you almost want to hate him, but you can’t because he’s the player character! 🙂