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Hebereke's Popoitto / Popoitto Hebereke / Popoitto Station Hebereke (ポポイっとへべれけ) - SNES, Sega Saturn, PlayStation, Mobile (1995)

Japanese PlayStation Cover

European SNES Cover

Japanese Saturn Cover

European Saturn Cover

Japanese Super Famicom Cover

The third and last Hebereke title to be localized into English, this game is similar to Hebereke's Popoon from two years before, even if in practice it's closer Dr. Mario, due to a small but substantial difference: the addition of "Poro-poros", round creatures that look like (even more) super-deformed heads of the various Hebereke characters. These Poro-poros can be matched with three Popoons of corresponding color to erase them, but they wander around the game area, one space at a time, either up-down or left-right. This forces the player to think and act faster, because the normal Popoons stay in place when touching them (think the virus and capsules from Dr. Mario). To clear a level, all Poro-poros must be eliminated from the board.

There's not much on offer in the gameplay options: only single player story mode and 2-player mode, wherein the characters gain special attacks when eliminating large numbers of Poro-poros. The difficulty level is the polar opposite to Popoon: the game never becomes too challenging and ends pretty soon because of that.

The only actually mildly funny part of the game is the intro from the Saturn version, where Utsu appears and tries to pass off the game as "Utsujin's Popoitto", before being cast aside by the real protagonist Hebe. Graphically the game is too repetitive, with the same exact background in every stage, and the glut of falling block puzzle games that were already available made this one go by pretty much unnoticed.

The game comes in three mostly identical versions: SNES, Saturn and PlayStation. The latter's only major difference is the change of the title to Hebereke Station Popoitto. This version was re-released two times, in 1999 and 2001, as part of budget series. Like Popoon before, it was also ported to Japanese mobile phones.

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Hebereke's Popoitto (Saturn)

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Hebereke's Popoitto (Saturn)


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O-Chan no Oekaki Logic (おーちゃんのお絵かきロジック) - SNES, PlayStation, Sega Saturn, WonderSwan (1995)

Japanese SFC Cover

Japanese PlayStation Cover

Japanese WonderSwan Cover

Nonograms, also known as Picross, Oekaki Logic, Griddlers and a slew of other names, are a kind of puzzle where you fill in the cells of a grid to complete a hidden picture. They were invented in Japan at the end of the Eighties, and in the Nineties they became something of a fad even outside puzzle magazines. Nintendo brought them on their systems with a few titles for Game Boy and SNES, but only one of them was released in the West under the name Mario's Picross. The others were never translated because nobody in the USA and Europe really cared much about it despite Nintendo's many ads at the time.

Sunsoft also followed the fad and produced this Hebereke-themed nonogram game for a few systems: SNES, PlayStation, Saturn and even Bandai's Wonderswan. This time however, as the title says, the protagonist is O-Chan rather than Hebe. As the intro for the Saturn version's story mode shows (the SNES one has abolutely nothing in the way of plot), the latter has been kidnapped by Utsu. As usual for the series, she needs to travel around the world and defeat everyone in her path. This time this is of course achieved by solving a ton of nonograms.

Another case of a puzzle game with the Hebereke characters slapped on, which nonetheless gained two PlayStation-exclusive sequels. The latter one was released in 2001 as a part of the "Value 1500" budget games.

One of the PlayStation only sequels

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Hebereke's Pair Pair Wars - Arcade (1996, unreleased)

Arcade Flyer

Character Listing

Yet another puzzle game starring Hebe and his friends was supposed to come out for Neo-Geo, which already housed Sunsoft's Galaxy Fight and Waku Waku 7. The objective apparently was to move the characters around the board to match pairs of identical tiles a la Shanghai, and Sunsoft already produced several games like that, having trademarked the name in Japan and all that.

Nothing is known about the reasons for the game's cancellation, and allegedly it was never completed, even lacking an ending. A Pair Pair Wars prototype was supposedly found in possession of an arcade operator, but it was damaged in a flood, and the only known remnant of the game now is a flyer recovered in 2003.

As we can see from the few remaining pictures, the sprites and backgrounds were all prerendered graphics, as was common at the time. The title was to star Hebe, the other three pals, Pen-Chan, a cat boss, another Hebe clone with glasses and a scarf (Hipster Hebe?) and a turnip-headed thing.

Hebereke's Pair Pair Wars

Hebereke's Pair Pair Wars


Cameos and Miscellaneous

Barcode World (Famicom)

In the 2000s Sunsoft, like several other Japanese companies, switched to the more profitable world of mobile games. Among dozens of Shanghai games - some with appearances of Hebereke characters - and other nondescript puzzles, Sunsoft repurposed several of its old titles including Hebereke, the falling block puzzles of the series and also O-Chan's nonograms, to fit them on Japanese mobile phones. Speaking of mobile phones, there also exists an iPhone app that allows to read Ucchii's comic strips on the go.

In any case, after the first game's release in 1991, it quickly became popular to the point that Hebe became the company's mascot, and as such he made several cameos in Sunsoft's titles. For example, he appeared as a random encounter in the SNES JRPG Benkei Gaiden: Suna no Shō, and his name became a special password in Dodge Danpei for Famicom. He was also featured on the cover of Barcode World, a Famicom game developed by Epoch that took advantage of the Barcode Battler, that gimmicky add-on scanner which turned the info from barcodes into game characters. The game comes packaged with pre-made cards featuring several Sunsoft characters, including of course Hebe and friends, all decked in pseudo-Medieval fantasy gear.

Magician O-Chan and Warrior Jennifer? How predictable.

Another interesting cameo comes from Sunsoft's conversion of Lemmings for the Genesis/Mega Drive. This one adds to the usual series of levels a bunch of newly-made ones appropriately named the SUNSOFT series. They're made with the same graphic tiles of the original game, except for level 18: much like a certain level in the original that paid homage to Shadow of the Beast, this one does the same to Hebereke, with the entire level made of the shapes of the four playable characters!
The BGM is even a recreation of the theme from Hebereke's starting area.

Lemmings (Genesis)

Also released in 1994 was an album called Takusan Hebereke, which collected original versions of the soundtracks of Hebereke, Hebereke no Popoon, Sugoi Hebereke, a single arrangement from Oishii Puzzle, a bonus vocal track (named "Hebe and Oh-Chan's Answering Machine") featuring Megumi Hayashibara and Mika Kanai, but also tracks from another unrelated Sunsoft game, Gimmick!. This is the only official piece of merchandise of the series outside of Ucchii's strips.

The End! (Hebereke's Popoon)

Shanghai (Mobile)

Honoo no Toukyuuji: Dodge Danpei (Famicom)

Takusan Hebereke (front)

Takusan Hebereke (back)


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