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August 14, 2011 8:24 AM   Subscribe

Tanooky Tracks is a cute game wherein you use riddles to help you find all the Tanookies (whatever those are) hidden around your house. It's a neat little take on the standard escape-the-room fare.
posted by phunniemee (35 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite

 
This is merely a link to a Flash game (which, being Flash, I can't see) but note that the usual spelling in English is Tanuki.
posted by Rash at 8:37 AM on August 14, 2011


Tanuki are Japanese raccoon dogs, popular creatures in Japanese folklore and pop culture. They're generally easygoing, friendly spirits with a fondness for food, drink and shapeshifting. Pom Poko will make you love them (and then break your heart for loving them).

This game is really cute and well made, too!
posted by byanyothername at 9:00 AM on August 14, 2011 [2 favorites]


Obligatory
posted by sciurus at 9:01 AM on August 14, 2011


Don't forget their powerful magic scrotums.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 9:02 AM on August 14, 2011 [5 favorites]


Pom Poko will make you love them (and then break your heart for loving them).
Wow, so depressing. : /
posted by Glinn at 9:29 AM on August 14, 2011


The usual spelling in English is "scrotii"
posted by DU at 9:29 AM on August 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


In re: Pom Poko: The Goddamn Rat Company has exclusive rights to distribute Studio Ghibli films in North America. As a result of a peculiar interaction between the strict -- and wonderful -- "no cuts" policy of the latter and details of the contract, you can watch animated raccoon dogs using their comically large testicles to beat up police, under the Disney brand.

This makes me happy in a way that no Disney product since the original Fantasia has done.
posted by sourcequench at 9:35 AM on August 14, 2011 [5 favorites]


"scrota"?
posted by Greg_Ace at 9:39 AM on August 14, 2011


Hmmmm..."BenRadish" games?

Ben Kweller's first band was named Radish. COINCIDENCE?

...Ok, yeah, probably.
posted by pecanpies at 9:58 AM on August 14, 2011


This is merely a link to a Flash game (which, being Flash, I can't see) but note that the usual spelling in English is Tanuki.

But the powerup in Super Mario Bros. 3 is called the Tanooki Suit.
posted by madcaptenor at 10:02 AM on August 14, 2011 [2 favorites]


You know the raccoon suit in Super Mario Bros. 3 that lets you fly? That's a Tanooky suit.
posted by theichibun at 10:43 AM on August 14, 2011


it also let you turn into an invulnerable statue.
posted by Navelgazer at 11:07 AM on August 14, 2011


Not that I like to call people out on this sort of thing, but...you couldn't google tanuki?
Or even tanooky? Even if you insist on spelling it incorrectly, searching "tanooky wikipedia" still brings up the page for tanuki.
Maybe my irony detector requires fresh batteries. :\
posted by GoingToShopping at 11:10 AM on August 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


The usual pronunciation in Durstish is "I did it all for Tanuki, all for Tanuki (come on) so you can take that cookie"
posted by arto at 11:32 AM on August 14, 2011


A post about a flash game generates pages worth of comments about folklore, scrotums(scrotii), depressiob, and correct spellings, but not a single line about actually playing the game...honestly, this is why I love metafilter.
posted by samsara at 12:03 PM on August 14, 2011


Oh and I believe the correct spelling is "depression"
posted by samsara at 12:05 PM on August 14, 2011


Honestly, you couldn't even google 'depressiob' before posting your comment?
posted by Gordafarin at 12:07 PM on August 14, 2011 [2 favorites]


I actually played the game and found all twelve while the rest of you were sitting here bitching over "Tanuki" and "Tanooky".

Metafilter: pages worth of comments about folklore, scrotums(scrotii), depressiob and correct spellings...
posted by misha at 12:11 PM on August 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


All you tanooky/tanooki/tanuki people: it doesn't matter in the slightest what the "actual" spelling of the word is. The game is called Tanooky Tracks. It's spelled Tanooky. If it were called You-People-Are-Pedantic-Assholes Tracks, it would be spelled You-People-Are-Pedantic-Assholes.

I mean, crimeny. It's a game dudes! Chillax!
posted by phunniemee at 12:44 PM on August 14, 2011 [4 favorites]


Haha.. that's Metafilter for ya'
posted by ReeMonster at 12:54 PM on August 14, 2011


-a, not -i or -ii. So there. :P
posted by Greg_Ace at 1:46 PM on August 14, 2011


Hey, while we're talking about scrotums/scrota, is "scrotum" British slang for taint/gooch? My boyfriend got into an argument (with some Londoners) last night about it. Everyone he was talking to said that scrotum=taint. I can't find any reference to it in the literature (i.e. urban dictionary/wikipedia), and aside from that it seems incredibly unlikely given that scrotum is an actual, medical term for nutsack.

Would you folks care to weigh in? (I'm currently working off the assumption that his friends are morons, but I'm not up on British slang these days.)
posted by phunniemee at 1:56 PM on August 14, 2011


About the game, though, taint half bad.
posted by taz at 3:06 PM on August 14, 2011


It was cute, but the one with the boots and the one with the poster made no sense and I had to cheat em. Also it took ages to find the last &$^%##$ coin. :D
posted by Glinn at 5:47 PM on August 14, 2011


Fun
posted by Pruitt-Igoe at 6:46 PM on August 14, 2011


Approximate breakdown of time in the game:

20% - realizing there was a 2nd floor to the house
5% - realizing there was a 3rd and 4th floor
5% - randomly clicking around with the snorkel until something happened
30% - searching for the last freaking coin
posted by segfault at 8:05 PM on August 14, 2011


Yeah I had to cheat for the last couple ones. (the coins, and the color monitor one, and the couch) The door was actually the first one I got, because her name is Puerta. Ditto the mirror one.
posted by Gordafarin at 4:12 AM on August 15, 2011


Coming in late to say that was delightful. Thank you for posting it!

Delightful except for that last damn coin, that is.
posted by Georgina at 6:03 AM on August 17, 2011


Heh, I had a problem with the last coin, too – it was the only thing I had to cheat on. I wonder if we are all talking about the same last coin? Mine was on the top floor.
posted by taz at 6:29 AM on August 17, 2011


Top floor on the right?

Damn you, [redacted]. Damn you!
posted by Georgina at 6:55 AM on August 17, 2011


huh, that's so weird. I found all the coins almost immediately, but had a bitch of a time figuring out Jakka which, in hindsight, was pretty straightforward. Doi.
posted by phunniemee at 6:58 AM on August 17, 2011


yep, Georgina.

phunniemee, Jakka was one of my favorites, but also one of my last to solve, which as you say, now seems strange.
posted by taz at 7:17 AM on August 17, 2011


It's funny, Jakka was the second one I solved. The colours were a big hint.

The two I had problems with were Grilos and Polstobos. I found the objects for the latter, but I couldn't work out what the clue was suggesting I do with them. I don't know that I ever would've gotten it without some lucky clicking. (I thought that they went with a different object in the room and was trying to find a hot spot for it, and ended up accidentally clicking on the right thing.) Did anybody actually work it out?

I really do love this kind of game.
posted by Georgina at 7:39 AM on August 17, 2011


We're way past worrying about spoilers, here right?


right?



Okay!



Polstobos was not a big problem for me, because I have a particular affinity for patterns, but I'm not remembering which one was Grilos right now... was that the one with the panels of colors over the bed?
posted by taz at 8:14 AM on August 17, 2011


Grilos was the tv with the smiley face. Polstobos was the snorkle/booties/boxers.
posted by Georgina at 6:41 PM on August 17, 2011


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