Rare Scares: A Mysterious Encounter in Conker’s Bad Fur Day

This next Rare Scares post focuses on a game I don’t believe I’ve ever discussed before, Conker’s Bad Fur Day.  Having missed my chance to purchase this game on the N64, I finally ended up buying the Live and Reloaded version on the XBox.  The reason I never speak of this game is because it was…not really my cup of tea, what with the violence, swearing, and naughty humor.  Yeah, in the game’s defense, I had plenty of warning, but I bought the game anyway because, well, I loved Rareware that much, you see.  Nevertheless, over a decade ago, I did play the game in its entirety and have a spooky story to share.

Due to the prolonged span of time since my first and only playthrough of this wacky, and sometimes rather gross, game, I’ll admit that my memory is a little foggy, but I’ll try to explain as best I can.  First off, the chapter in which my tale takes place is chapter 7, which I believe was simply called “Spooky”.  This particular chapter is easily the scariest thing in any Rareware game I’ve ever played (even if it had the added honor of being really fun, as well).  The zombie squirrels were truly unsettling (yes, even cute, cuddly squirrels are spooky when undead), the music was creepy, and…weren’t there also evil porcelain dolls?  Now that last one alone is enough to give even the bravest gamer the creeps.

As I mentioned before, the fact that I haven’t played this game in ten years means I am ill-equipped to discuss this chapter in any real detail, so instead, I’m going to talk about one incident that had the greatest impact on me.  Okay, so there’s one point where you’re exploring…Count Batula’s mansion?  (Again, it’s been ten years, so please forgive any mistakes.  For all I know, it’s really Count Spatula….)  There are undead rodents to deal with, which is spooky on the best of days.  But in one of the rooms, there is…a regular squirrel.

Gasp, a regular squirrel?  How horrifying, Duck!

Yeah, yeah, that’s not very scary, I know, but bear with me.  Why a completely normal squirrel is here, amongst all the undead ones, is a bit of a mystery.  But what makes their presence so unsettling is what happens next.  The squirrel starts to run, and if you follow them, they…fling themselves into a bottomless pit.

That’s it?  What do you mean, that’s it?  Let’s analyze this, shall we?

The squirrel…basically commits suicide.  Just like that.  There is absolutely no explanation.  One moment, they’re perfectly okay.  The next, they run off and throw themselves to their death.  It’s like their current situation is too horrifying to bear and the only escape they can see is to end their existence.  Now if that’s not creepy, I don’t know what is.

This encounter is so random, so mysterious, and so easy to miss that its inclusion in the game is that much more unsettling.  And if you’re curious about what I’m talking about, this is the only video clip I could find.  Sorry that the quality’s not the best….

Video from Youtube User: gmaster2647

Man, this chapter still gives me the creeps….

Screenshot by Flickr User: FireAlert

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