Treasure chests are difficult to resist. They come in all shapes and sizes, more times than not offering the potential for greatness–gold, armor, weapons, whatever. Most people don’t leave behind rotten vegetables in their fancy treasure boxes, and so you are more or less guaranteed to walk away a richer player. Unless that treasure chest is actually a mimic in disguise, and then you’re thrown for a loop, battling with what once held your dreams of a new item or chunk of change to make a down payment on that fancy, street-side abode back in the hub city.
I passionately hate mimics.
Real quick, some history. Mimics took shape back in the good ol’ days of pen and paper roleplaying, which I enjoy from time to time, but I’m more visual despite having a decent enough imagination, preferring Talisman or Descent. Mimics are a type of fictional monster, initially birthed in Dungeons & Dragons. They are portrayed as being able to change their shape to disguise themselves as an inanimate objects, most commonly as treasure chests. Mimics also have a powerful adhesive that holds fast to whatever touches them, allowing the mimic to beat the creature with its powerful pseudopods. That latter characteristic did not seem to follow over with mimics as they transitioned into videogame enemy fodder.
Over my years of gaming, I’ve crossed paths with a number of mimics, all of which I passionately hate. This is a list of some. Forward, with the disgust!
Here is a mimic treasure chest from Final Fantasy IX that I passionately hate.
Here is a mimic treasure chest from Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King, called a cannibox and originally introduced in Dragon Quest III, that I passionately hate.
Here is a mimic treasure chest from Rogue Galaxy that I passionately hate. Look at that nasty blue tongue.
Here are mimic treasure chests from Rogue Legacy that I passionately hate.
Here is a mimic treasure chest from Chrono Cross that wants to punch me. I passionately hate it.
Here is a mimic treasure chest from Wild Arms 3 that I passionately hate.
Here is a mimic treasure chest from Dark Cloud that I passionately hate.
Here is a mimic treasure chest with a lot of teeth from Legend of Grimrock 2 that I passionately hate.
Here is a level 60 killer mimic treasure chest from Borderlands 2 that I passionately hate. Shoot it in the glowing green part.
Lastly, here is a mimic treasure chest from the original Suikoden, affectionately called a slot man, that I passionately hate.
Have I missed any key mimics from some of your favorite roleplaying games? If so, let me know in the comments below. During my search, I came across a few screenshots of mimics in the Dark Souls series, which I’ve not yet played and am now feeling less inclined to deal with, but maybe they aren’t too tough to battle. Ha, that’s a joke. From what I understand, they are brutal.
Those bloody mimics. On a related note, this reminds me of Gauntlet Legends (http://101videogames.wordpress.com/2009/06/17/22-gauntlet-legends/), in which occasionally DEATH HIMSELF would leap out of a treasure chest and have everyone run around in hopeless panic. Good times.
Ahhh man, Death himself!!! That’s not good. I never did get around to playing much Gauntlet, mostly because it seems like a couch co-op experience, something that doesn’t happen too much in my life. Stuffing Death into a chest would make me wary of every single closed lid in the game.
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