I bought the first NES G.I. Joe game against my better judgment; I’d totally outgrown the (increasingly crummy) toyline by that point, and I was even losing interest in the comic. But some vague sense of loyalty tugged at my heartstrings and I dropped 50 hard-earned dollars on the game, bracing myself for the worst. To my astonishment, it was actually really good: a deft mix of platforming, shooting, and light exploration that actually captured the essence of the property and played well. Loved the unique visual style, too.
Later, the obvious visual similarities between G.I. Joe and Low-G Man inspired me to rent the latter, and upon doing so I experienced the dreadful disappointment I’d expected from the former in full. Tricky Taxan, faking me out like that.