Pepsi's main man in Japan isn't a movie star ¿ he's a metallic-clad super hero of bumbling proportions. Pepsiman, as he's known, has become one of the country's strangest fascinations since he began starring in the soda maker's advertisements, in which thirsty consumers are saved just in the nick of time by his ability to materialize Pepsi products out of thin air. And if you think that sounds weird enough, wait until you get a load of the videogame. Yes, the videogame.
Released and titled simply "Pepsiman," the caffeine-powered superstar's second appearance on a console (his first was in the Sega Saturn version of Fighting Vipers) has him running Crash Bandicoot style through a variety of real-world locations, such as San Francisco, Tokyo subways, and mine shafts. But while the locations might be real enough, the situations our blue and red hero is placed in certainly aren't. He runs through living rooms, leaps over trenches, avoids manic construction workers, and runs from gigantic rolling Pepsi cans. And it only gets weirder from there.
There are four stages in all, each divided into smaller segments, and Pepsiman himself has a simplistic array of moves at his disposal: Run, Dash, Jump, Super Jump, and Slide. But it's certainly not the simplistic, rote memorization based gameplay that will make this game go down in the record books ¿ its extremely bizarre premise and execution will do that. Aside from Parappa the Rapper, we can't think of a stranger game on PlayStation. That said, it's really not that bad of a game ¿ and for a $20 budget title, we felt like our yen were well spent.
If you've got a taste for the bizarre, or simply want a addictive little game to occupy your time, give your local import shop a ring and ask for Pepsiman. If they don't think it's a prank and hang up, you're probably in luck.
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