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Hoagie's Revenge Sprites


In 2005, my brother and some of his friends made a short film called The Challenge. It's about a man trying to beat the most unfair video game ever made. I was enlisted to animate the gameplay footage.

The game was called Hoagie's Revenge, and starred an Italian deli owner battling the forces of evil with an endless supply of hoagies. About 25 animations were made of the player dying in the most bizarre ways I could come up with.

This is a selection of "sprites" I made of the hero and the strange enemies he faces. For the most part, they all adhere to the limitations of the NES: 8 x 8 pixel tiles, 52 color palette, 4 colors per sprite. The one that obviously doesn't is The Ghost of Kurt Russell (it's an inside joke that even I haven't been let in on).

Some enemies are references to real video games. See how many you can pick out!

If you'd like to learn more about the movie, I wrote an article about it here:


And to see these sprites in action, you can watch this compilation video:


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Hi Mazeguy! I'm glad to see you here. I hold this particular work of yours in high regard (and I suppose you do too, considering that after so much time you uploaded it sporadically to your NG gallery).

"The Challenge" introduced me to your website and I have been a fan of it since I was a kid. Your work has, in some way, influenced my personality and interests. You do quite a lot of things, amassing for a solid and varied portfolio which is something I currently aspire for. Even the niche stuff like your old DOS games, althrough not the most commercially viable, do add up for the show of what a creative mind has to offer.

Looking forward to your next projects! I see that you are highly invested in the Chuck's Devils webcomic. I do not read much comics myself but I find the art style sleek and nice.
Best of luck!

mazeguy responds:

Thank you for the kind words. Indeed, I have produced a wide variety of projects over the past 20 years. It would have been nice if at least one of them led to something greater. I recently left a full-time job I had for seven years to pursue the comic and a series of YouTube domino toppling videos. Unfortunately, they both failed to receive much attention, and I'm looking to rejoin the workforce at the moment.

There's an old expression that says "Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life." The catch is that a decent amount of people need to love what you do as well to eke out a living. Still, it's nice to hear from at least one person who has enjoyed my work. I hope you'll go on to achieve greater success than I have in the future. :)

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Jun 15, 2019
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