- Bad Mojo
Infobox VG| title = Bad Mojo
publisher = Acclaim Entertainment, Inc.
released = Original
February 29, 1996
flagicon|EU Spring, 1996
December 10 2004
June 8 2007
genre = Adventure
ratings = ESRB: T (Teen 13+)
DOS, Windows, Macintosh
media = 1 ×
input = Keyboard and mouse
"Bad Mojo" is a computer game by
Pulse Entertainment, released in 1996. The player is cast as Roger Samms, an entomologist planning to embezzle money from a research grantto escape his sordid life above an abandoned bar. An accident with his mother's enchanted locket unleashes the "bad mojo", turning him into a cockroach.
The gameplay consists of guiding the cockroach through a series of
puzzles. Got Game Entertaimentre-released the game in December 2004 as "Bad Mojo Redux", packaging it with a DVD containing a variety of extra material.
The storyline in "Bad Mojo" is loosely inspired on
Franz Kafka's " The Metamorphosis". In the game, the cat's name is Franz and the main character Roger Samms is a play on the lead character in "Metamorphosis" ( Gregor Samsa).
The story takes place in a filthy bar owned by Eddie Battito. Roger has stolen a million dollars worth of loan money from a science corporation he had previously worked for and is planning to leave for
Mexico Cityto start a new life. But after a small argument with his landlord, Eddie, he remembers a little trinket that he gotten in his early childhood: a bug-like locketthat belonged to his dead mother, Angelina. Upon its discovery, the locket transforms Roger's soul into a cockroach, and transports him to a mysterious sewer system connected to every section of the bar. His adventure first takes him to the basement, which is also Eddie's bedroom, the bathroom, the kitchen, the bar room, Roger's room and finally his research room. As the roach (Roger) explores a world filled with danger at every turn, including rats, garbage disposals, and his own pet cat, Franz, he is constantly being guided by an oracle(which happens to be his mother).
The game explores the sad past of both Roger and Eddie, revealing that Roger had been abandoned to an abusive
nun, was the center of bullying as a young man, and his failure to be taken seriously by his superiors. Eddie has had just as bad a life, having his beloved wife (also named Angelina) die during childbirth, and giving up his son. During Roger's exploration, he is forced to extinguish the pilot lightto a gas stove in the kitchen to save a baby cockroach that, in turn, assisted him in jamming the garbage disposalwith a spoon. This act eventually causes the whole bar to be filled with gas. Roger must then set off a smoke detectorto wake a previously unconscious Eddie (which was Roger's fault) and then finally reach the locket in his own unconscious body's hand. With both men safely out of the bar when it explodes, Roger and Eddie discover that they are, in fact, father and son, which was exactly as the Oracle planned. Reunited at last, Roger takes Eddie with him to Mexico, where they start a happy new life together in Belize.
There are three alternative endings to the storyline. If Eddie makes it out and Roger doesn't (if Eddie is warned of the fire but Roger is left on the floor), Eddie ends up as a homeless drunk. If Roger makes it out and Eddie doesn't, Roger tries to flee the country but is caught and charged with Eddie's murder and is put in an asylum for the criminally insane. If neither make it out, the ghost of Angelina narrates, telling of the death of both men, the destruction of the bar for urban renewal and that the ghosts of all three souls haunt the area where their dreams died.
Although it was a short game in terms of length, "Bad Mojo" sold very well, and its originally creepy atmosphere, challenging puzzles, and excellent storyline made it reach cult status among both Mac and PC gamers alike. Also for a game that was made in 1996, it had aged extremely well, and little had been changed to the environment in the 2004 remade version of the game.
Got Game Entertaimentre-released the game in December 2004 as "Bad Mojo Redux". All in-game videos were remastered from original footage. "Redux" runs in truecoloronly, opposed to the 1996 release which required only 256-color mode. This change makes the videos clearer and more colorful. The re-release also came with a bonus DVD, which contained a making-of, art galleries and other bonuses.cite web | url=http://www.justadventure.com/reviews/BadMojoRedux/BadMojoRedux.shtm | title=Just Adventure review | accessdate=2007-07-20 | author=Necasek, Michal | date=2004-12-10 | work= | publisher=] This DVD was omitted from the UK release.
* "Bad Mojo" contains four different endings, depending on who the player is able to rescue from the bar's inevitable explosion.
* If the roach crawls near the mouth of the rat caught in a trap in the basement, the rat will eat him.
* Standing on the mouse trap in the bathroom will obviously set it off, hinting that you will have to find another way to kill the rat under the sink.
* One of the pictures in the bar shows the "Bad Mojo" team crew.
*The breasts on the woman in the calendar in Roger's research room are topographical.
* Some of the cut out eyes on the wall of Roger's research room are interactable. Stepping on some will cause them to blink, while others will follow the roach's movement. Others are eyes of famous celebrities, including
David Letterman, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Michelle Pfeiffer.
* [http://www.gotgameentertainment.com/badmojo/ GGE entry on "Bad Mojo"]
* [http://www.adventuregamers.com/article/id,410 Adventure Gamers review]
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