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Guilty Treasures

Jan Ochoa’s RPG Training Wheels - Guilty Treasures #03

In our third episode of Guilty Treasures Danny dusts off his PlayStation to try and understand why Jan feels such love for an obscure PS1 platformer.

In this series, Danny O'Dwyer hangs out with each member of the crew to find out what their favorite obscure game is!

Oct. 25 2021

Cast: Jan

Posted by: Jan

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This was one of the first PS1 games I saw when I was a kid. It blew my mind.

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Who's not into the gameplay portion of the show? Time to throw down!

Also it's interesting to see someone say how this game hasn't aged very well, but it's SO EXPENSIVE on the after market. Even before this boom.

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Tomba has got to be one of my favorite games on PS1. Great pick, Jan.

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Woopie!

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Immediately knew what it was from the thumbnail. I played the demo as a kid and loved it. I'll probably play it around here as an adult at some point.

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Jan you absolute legend. I'm so happy to see Tombi content on the site.

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Man, if I were to pick a game for my personal Guilty Treasure, it would be one of the Tomba games. I think I found the original Tomba on a Playstation Underground demo disc. I loved the random quests and exploration puzzles, and it might have been my first Metroidvania? Awesome game, awesome pick.

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Also worth mentioning is Tomba's creator having previously worked on some big games for Capcom.

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Let's talk at how hilariously hard the mine cart sections of this game is. Theyre really stupid hard!

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The evil swine and guilty treasures return

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Fun fact: if you have a PS3 or Vita laying around, you can buy this game digitally. Probably much cheaper than that complete copy Danny got!

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YO THIS IN MY TOP 5 OF ALL TIME

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It's criminal how short this video is for such a great game

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I was not a big fan of the 3D or attempt at it, but I really really liked this series. I own Tomba 1 for the PS1 (my first game) and tomba 2 for the PSP (PS classics)

TOMBA IS BACK BABY @jeffgrubb

I don't own a PS5 cause of shortage but I would buy from a scalper IF they remade this game. What fresh new platformer does Ps5 have anyway? Ratchet has platforming but it's not as cool as my guy Tomba

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Tombi and Tombi 2 were two of my favorite games I used to rent from Blockbuster back in the day

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The first one looks great with 2D and 3D, but I hate the 3D art here.

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I've always thought the Tombi games were like the spiritual sequel to the wonderboy games. I'm surprised it didn't come up but SWERY worked on this!

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Jan looking like he's getting his mugshot taken in that thumbnail.

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What a sweet episode. Glad to see Luchadeer again, a shame he's just another office drone.

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Jan talking about his upbringing with his cousins and how they relate to each other is such a relatable thing between myself and my own family.

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It's stuff like this that makes me think that I really missed out by not having a PS1 back in the day. I opted for the N64 that had its share of lovable trash, but the sheer volume of trash that came out for the PS1 is in another league.

I think the game from this era I would include in a feature like this would be Hybrid Heaven. It's just one of these games that was trying something very new and unique that just was ahead of its time. If it came out now with more modern controls it would work a lot better.

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I approve this message

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I'll be honest, little disappointed with this GT. It's pretty apparent that Danny didn't really come to have the same understanding or appreciation of Tomba's idiosyncrasies and I think that undercut his 'meaningful' conclusion. Also, yeah, pretty brief as to be a little underwhelming.

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Upon reflection I finally realized what my choice for a game for this series would be.

If I go for "Game I most loved/was influenced by but am still to this day embarassed about", I'd go with Lunar 2. Which, to be fair, the embarrassment is much more because of a certain song from the first game I could still sing by heart (and likely will go do after I write this, lord i never grow up) but the 2nd really stands out to me because its story (cliche though it was) and anime-style hit then young me right in the "this is the greatest game I've ever played".

I 100% credit Lunar 2 with being the major source of cementing my personal long standing tradition of "Story over gameplay" and "Games are meant to be pleasing escapist fantasy" but most of all "The best stories have happy endings." Or the Romance genres "No matter the drama and story, I want my happily ever after ending please and thank you!" view-point.

No I don't care if it's silly, or half the reason young me liked that games final/true ending is because there was a naked(well, PG-13 levels) anime girl in it. I still, right this moment, can hear the last line in that game and swell up with joy. (It's "Hiro!" for anyone wanting more reason to mock me even).

Ok so, personal rant aside. This series is fantastic. Looking forward to the next one.

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Jan! You finally did it! I kept asking/pestering about Tomba! in live shows for a while. Don't want to say I was an influence but...maybe I will! I fucking love Tomba.

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Hell yeah Jan! Tomba was an unsung classic!

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Jan, how old was the bottle of OE behind you?

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Jan I love you for picking Tomba 2

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Never have I gone from super stoked to slightly bummed. I love Tomba but 2 was not as good

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Jan was a great hire for Giant Bomb.

Edit: Is Jan wearing Thorogood boots???

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Never have I gone from super stoked to slightly bummed. I love Tomba but 2 was not as good

Yea I was hoping for Tomba 1 but any Tomba love is great.

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GT is my favorite GB series, hands down, and the Danny + Jan magic is great. I love this website

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Time to go ape spit.

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my Tomba 2 is Tomba 1

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Um, excuse me, that voice acting is good actually.

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This game looks good

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Jan is the best!

I love this series, Danny!

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I actually bought and played the Tomba games from the PS Store about 6 months ago when Sony was threatening to take stuff down. They're certainly of an era, but I think they still hold up. I can definitely see these being a special gem for kids of the era too.

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I was hoping for some info about the development of the game. I thought that was going to be part of the show. Still fun, though.

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I'd never heard of it, so glad to see some direct footage. I actually like the gameplay portion to get a sense, and I think this a good amount of it. Great story to hear Jan! Thanks for sharing!

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I love Jan. But look Tomba 1 > Tomba 2. That's right, I said it.

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I STAN JAN!

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Yo I love Guilty Treasures so much

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HELL YEAH TOMBA!!! So sadly forgotten.

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I LOOOOOOVE Guilty Treasures!

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@killroycantkill said:

Who's not into the gameplay portion of the show? Time to throw down!

That bit stood out to me too. I like seeing Danny learn how the game works and what's unique about it.

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I never played this game, but somehow it was so familiar and I couldn't figure out why.

And then...I remembered.

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Fantastic series.