“I can’t remember the jump button, oh god.”
-Josh, upon returning after a few days off
Welcome back from panicked clickbait boyfriend! We’ve been on a mini-hiatus since my last post, but now we’re back with a whole new round of quotes from Wonderland, Olympus Coliseum, and Deep Jungle. Don’t worry, we’ll get you back up to speed (and remind you that you press the circle button to jump). If you’re just joining us, you can catch up on previous posts here. When last we left our heroes, Sora, Donald, and Goofy were setting sail for unknown worlds in Kingdom Hearts‘s most notorious vessel: the gummi ship.
“I wonder if I’m actually the monster. I’m shooting all these ships which don’t appear to be shooting back at me?”
-on gummi travel
Josh was not particularly impressed by his maiden gummi voyage. Still, he raises a good point. Who exactly is piloting these other spaceships? It doesn’t seem like any of the Heartless would be smart enough to do it. Then again, Sora didn’t seem to need any practice before jumping right in.
“It’s very strange how some things are done in cut scenes, and some things are done in those little text bubbles.”
-on inscrutable artistic choices
“There were just three dogs chilling out in this chest…and for some reason I’ve numbered them as 16, 17, and 18?”
-on the Dalmatian puppies
Don’t ask questions, Josh. Just go with it.
“This game is harder than I expected.”
-after dying for the first time in Wonderland
Just because there are Disney characters, doesn’t mean you don’t need to use potions.
“I can beat this guy, but I can’t beat Riku.”
-after crushing Wonderland’s boss fight.
This is turning into a real complex. Doesn’t matter how many evil monsters you destroy, you can erase that zero to eleven score.
“Oh god, that’s dirty.”
-while locking the Wonderland keyhole
Ruining my favorite childhood game, dude. It can’t possibly be that ba–
“Let’s be honest: this looks like a college student’s project.”
-on gummi travel part two
Like I said, Josh was not impressed. He’s a full-on gummi hater.
“So you’re telling me Hercules will just stay there and fight Cerberus indefinitely until I get back?”
-on leaving Olympus without beating Cerberus
Fun fact: you can actually leave Hercules forever. Cerberus is optional. What the heck.
“Now get its pelt.”
-after beating Sabor the leopard for the first time
Maybe the gummi ship needs a new rug. So much for the animal lover who was concerned about those puppies a few worlds ago.
“The music sure does make even mundane activities seem exciting.”
-on the Deep Jungle soundtrack
“Doo doo ba da ba”
-singing along in Deep Jungle
Josh loved this music. He kept singing it for the whole night after we stopped playing. An infinite loop of the same tune turns into the stuff of nightmares, fast. You can get that experience in miniature with the half hour cut of Deep Jungle’s theme song below.
“I can make him shake his head.”
-while making Sora dance on the climbing ivy
The music apparently also makes a good dance track. Like I said, Josh was obsessed.
“I am so mad at you. Don’t taunt me with the music.”
-after accidentally breaking a barrel on Tarzan and Goofy
The musical love affair is over. He also literally switched Tarzan back out for Donald as retaliation.
“Watch this, I’m pushing them off! *diabolical laughter*”
-on cruelty to Donald and Goofy
Josh spent minutes at a time making Sora climb poles, and then when Donald and Goofy followed him up, pushing them off with his butt. Just reporting the facts here, folks.
“Are you telling me that entering the tent…are you s#!tting me?”
-on less than obvious level design
Occasionally, Josh did stop dancing and climbing poles to advance the plot. Having the strategy guide as a kid really did insulate me from some of the wonky level design. Kingdom Hearts isn’t always super clear on where you need to go next. Sure, the early levels aren’t that large, but it’s a valid criticism.
“It doesn’t make more sense the second time.”
-on his second attempt at beating Clayton and the Stealth Sneak.
Josh had not yet discovered that you can skip cut-scenes in Final Mix. He has since found the option, much to my disappointment. I wanted him to have the full 2002 experience.
“Was he talking about infidelity with a monkey?”
-on Donald’s potential transgression with Turk
Another disturbing entry in the Kingdom Hearts Hotness Continuum. Who would you choose, if you were Donald?
On second thought, don’t answer that question. I don’t want to encourage him.
That’s all for this time, folks! We’re almost finished with this first ring of worlds! Next time on Clickbait Boyfriend: Traverse Town part two, Olympian tournaments, and onward to Agrabah!