My guilty pleasure game is Rocket Knight Adventures for the Sega Genesis. It’s a guilty pleasure because it’s a great game that few people even know exists, and when you try to explain it to them, you tend to get some pretty strange looks. The basic premise of the game is jet-pack wearing, beam-projecting sword wielding, armored possum who takes on an evil army of pigs in order to save a kidnapped princess (although at least she’s not in another castle). As I said, it’s entirely odd, but the game play is entirely solid.

In addition to the game play, I love Rocket Knight Adventures for its artistic styling. The setting is a semi-futuristic medieval type kingdom set in world that is side scrolling but still feels expansive. Each level have its own vibe including a castle, a water level, a lava level and a run-down city level. Although 16-bit graphics are somewhat limited, the levels are stunning all the same.

More information regarding the beautiful, opossum-based craziness can be found here.