Rare Scares: Kackle from Haunted Hall

Halloween is just around the corner, and for the Duck’s final Rare Scares post, it’s about time we dialed the spook-meter up a notch.  Donkey Kong Country 2 is one of my favorite games, what with the pirates and the awesome team of Diddy and Dixie, not to mention my favorite world of the game,…

Rare Scares: Thaaank Yooouuu…

Good day (or perhaps good evening) to all you lovely citizens of the night! Halloween is almost upon us, and that means Rare Scares month has almost passed. They haven’t all been scares per se, but I’d say Rare’s oddly scary reputation still stands. This final scare isn’t really all that creepy at first glance…

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…

Rare Scares: King Zing Sting

Rare Scares is in full swing here at Virtual Bastion, and we’re leaving no stone unturned as we look at all the ways Rare has managed to startle, spook, or outright scare us over the years. Most of the time the scares come from the obvious horror-themed zones like Haunted Hall, but there are time…

Rare Scares: Manic Mine Carts in Donkey Kong Country

What do you remember most about the Donkey Kong Country games? Their graphics? Collecting bananas? The sheer fun of just playing them? All valid answers. One thing from Donkey Kong Country that has forever shaped my memory is the dreaded mine cart, along with the somewhat sinister music that accompanied said questionable modes of transportation.

Rare Scares: Creepy Sounds in Creepy Castle

The Duck’s newest Rare Scares illustrates just how much one’s own imagination can be their worst nightmare.  Seeing as today’s post focuses on Donkey Kong 64, it should come as no surprise that the specific world I have in mind is Creepy Castle.  I have had an increasingly rocky relationship with this game, as the…

Rare Scares: Kackle

Last week I kicked-off my segment of Rare Scares month with the Temple Guardian from DK64. I was pretty sure at the time that that would be my only entry from the Donkey Kong games, but here we are with another one, and from Donkey Kong Country 2 no less! DKC2 is probably my absolute…

Rare Scares: The Haunted Cavern in Banjo-Tooie

While it’d be overdrawn to prescribe the adjective “terrifying” to the wonderful and wondrous Rare game Banjo-Tooie, like its predecessor, the game contains a couple…let’s call them unsettling sections. The one that always sticks out to me the most is the Haunted Cavern of Witchyworld, which we’ll explore here thanks to The Duck’s Let’s Play…

Rare Scares: The “Unforgettable” King RedEye

In video games, boss fights are often meant to be an epic affair where our heroes face off against a foe that is, more often than not, super powerful, huge, or both.  For these reasons, only the most memorable of boss encounters can be chosen for our Unforgettable series, as we simply can’t pick them…