Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure, eh? With a title like that, there was no way we weren’t going to review the thing!
Not that we’d ever heard of the 1994 title before, which launched on Sega’s Mega Drive. It also flicked its way on the SNES in 1995. Bogeys!
The History of Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure
There still are now, of course, as it’s a big part of the indie game scene.
However, back in the ’90s the hope was to land a big like like Nintendo’s Super Mario.
There were loads of these efforts from various developers: Zool, Bubsy, Superfrog, Awesome Possum… Kicks Dr. Machino’s Butt, etc. etc.
Some of these were moderate hits, but it was rare for anything to properly take off. Something like Earthworm Jim from 1994 was a rare exception. But what helped there is it was a bloody great video game.
For some reason, we looked at the title for Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure and think straight away it was developer Interplay Productions’ rubbish attempt at being cool.
Then we saw reviews from the time, alongside retrospective reviews, and apparently this one is good fun to play! Averaging out around a 7/10.
With a big focus on scatological humour and other juvenile antics, the plot involves a millionaire called Snotty Ragsdale who visits a science lab to examine machines that remove pollution from the environment.
Suddenly, a mysterious giant arms emerges from the contraption! It’s Snotrium 357! Alarmed, Ragsdale rushes to the toilet to change into his alter ego—Boogerman!
After the intro, players take control of the snot-based superhero and lead him to glory.
And that means your usual mix of fun platforming fair, jumping about, bashing enemies, and all that jazz.
It’s just, as you’d expect, there’s a lot of toilet-based attacks and all that. You get booger, burp, and flatulence ammunition.
You can imagine kids on their Mega Drive (Sega Genesis, if you will) back in 1994 finding all of that goddamn hilarious and thinking it was the best game ever.
But credit to Interplay for constructing an engaging platformer around its silly idea.
The level design is strong and the animation fluid. Although the relentless sound effects get a bit irritating after a while. And that soundtrack isn’t up to much.
But otherwise the game was clearly aimed at those fond of crass humour and, well, boy does it deliver on its mucus-based promises.
Boogerman After the 16-Bit Days
There are no sequels to the first game. But, in 1997, Boogerman turned up as a playable character on Interplay’s dodgy fighting game ClayFighter 63⅓.
But his legacy didn’t end there! Well, it kind of did.
There was an attempt at reviving the series. That began in 2013 with plans for a full HD sequel! Boogertastic!
An ambitious Kickstarter campaign began for $375,000. We mean… that’s a lot of money for some obscure remnant from the ’90s heyday.
Sure enough, the title “only” received $40,252 in backing and that was that. The developers had to can the project.
We know game development is expensive, but still. Expecting quarter of a million dollars for the title is our most immediate observation on where this went wrong.
Anyway, Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure did turn up on the Wii’s Virtual Console in 2008.
However, as Nintendo discontinued that service in 2019 (to focus on the Switch), if you want to play the game you’ll need to head for an online emulator.