Widget is a game based on the 80's cartoon show. In this game, you play as Widget the world watcher, a purple alien who's purpose is to protect all the planets from evildoers. In the game, Widget's elders (who can't ever say his name right!) tell him that the earth and other planets are being attacked by Mega Slank, Bizarre Brain, Dr. Dante, Flim Flam and Ratchet, and that Widget is their only hope to stop them. The game plays as a sidescroller like Mario. However, this game plays differently than your typical sidescroller; Widget will need to transform into different animals in order to progress through the game. He can turn into Cannon Widget, Mouse Widget, Rock-Man Widget, Bird-Man Widget, or Dolphin Widget. Each of these transformations take up magic points that you can collect throughout the stage. You can ask your accomplice Mega Brain for advice if you need some tips. You can also use him to leave the level. Overall, the game can be very difficult, and sometimes there's nearly impassible jumps that you need to cross. Also, if an enemy hits you, Widget will fly back, which can result in a death. Overall, this was a great but difficult game for its time. The game has great graphics, music, and controls. Widget doesn't slip and slide when you stop him; instead, he will stop as soon as you stop pressing the D-pad.
This was the only game Graphic Research developed that was released in the USA. They did develop Secret Ties to be released in the USA, but the game never was released.
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The music is where the game really shines. Each song has an upbeat, action-packed song. The Graphic Research sound team even made a brilliant 8 bit remix of the Widget theme.
According to Fumito Tamayama, Shinji Tachikawa composed all the music and him, Yoko Suzuki, and a composer who he forgets her name (Thinp.Uchibori) programmed the music into the game. He also said that the NES sound driver Graphic Research made was by him and Yasuyuki Hamada. Fumito said that he composed the music as a MIDI file using a YM2203 to play back the MIDI files. The Graphic Research team then programmed the music in Music Macro Language on an MS-DOS machine.
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