Press cutting added by Ste Pickford on Wed, 23 Oct 2013
We blogged the ridiculous UK press advert for Plok a couple of weeks ago. To follow that up this is one of the two weird US print ads for the same game, and it's only slightly better.
Better because it at least shows Plok on the advert (although no screenshots, or much indication of what type of game it is), but weird because 50% of the advert is taken up by other games.
That wouldn't be so bad if these were other games the publisher was selling at the same time, but they weren't. As far as I recall neither Double Dragon or Battletoads were out at the time. So a full half of the advert is a reminder that the publisher of this new game also published some other games you might have liked. I don't think I've ever seen anyone do that before.
And this was from a publisher (Tradewest) that didn't actually make games - they were never a developer. There's no sense that all these games were 'made' by the same people, or might be of a similar quality. And nobody who actually made Plok had anything to do with those other games.
Tradewest they just bought or licensed games made by other developers or publishers in other countries, and published them in the US.
So, the advert is basically saying 'from the suits that licensed the finished Double Dragon game from Technos for the US market, and who also licensed Battletoads from Rare for the same territory, have now licensed a completely different game from a completely different developer, so you know it's going to be good!"