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Milford The Ghosts

Milford The Trendy Ghost

Milford The Ghosts appeals to your sense of the absurd.

By Derrick Sanskrit • August 20, 2012

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Perhaps it’s a generational thing. There are certain bits of pop culture these days that, when you see them, the only explanation available is “because the internet.” Nyan Cat is a looping video of a pixelated cartoon cat with a Pop-Tart for a body, riding an endless rainbow. Snakes On A Plane is an actual thing that got made into a feature film. Lana Del Rey. When one thinks of these things and wonders, “Why?” the answer is invariably “because the internet.”

Milford The Ghosts is a horizontal shooter about a gentleman ghost who shoots replicant ghosts at…stuff. Enemies and obstacles include dolphins, cacti, fire hydrants, time bombs, jelly blobs, asteroids, birthday presents, and cats. Destroying these seemingly random opponents increases the rate of your ghostly fire, and taking a hit slows you back down. How can a gentleman ghost get hit by these things when he’s, you know, a ghost? Well, he’s a gentleman. Maybe he thinks it’s impolite to go intangible. Whatever the case, Milford The Ghosts is a game that makes absolutely no sense and is all the more compelling for it.

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242 Responses to “Milford The Trendy Ghost”

  1. George_Liquor says:

    Kinda sounds like Parodius. 

  2. Merve says:

    I love gleefully random things, but this is gleefully random turned up to infinity. The only things missing are koalas and peach cobbler.

    • Aurora Boreanaz says:

      But if you refer to specific things that are missing, then including them would no longer be random.  So it’s fine just the way it is!

    • Girard says:

      After playing it a bit, I’ve noticed the game is not just “random” in the colloquial sense of containing non-sequitirs, but is literally random in the sense that the progression of enemies and selection of backgrounds is randomly generated.

      I, uh, don’t know if that signifies anything, though.

  3. Maudib says:

    Does Milford shoot his clones, or do the newest clone supplant the older Milford by flinging him to his death?

  4. caspiancomic says:

    I liked the cat who says “yeah”

    I think that’s pretty much the most insightful thing I’ve got on tap.

  5. johnshinobi says:

    That is not what replicant means.

    Did you mean: “Replica” ?