Mr Coo: El Laberinto Esférico


StaceyG"Mr. CooBarcelona's Nacho Rodríguez puts his award winning flash animated character, Mr. Coo, in his first game, an adventure puzzler called Mr. Coo: El Laberinto Esférico ("The Spherical Labyrinth").

Rodríguez has a fun animated style like Pink Panther meets Ren and Stimpy, and a surreal imagination along the lines of Bill Plimpton with a bit of Salvador Dali.

The game starts out in an endless labyrinth, where you start the moment Mr. Coo falls to his death—but then he has a dream that turns into a "choose your own" path style of point-and-click adventure. You have several paths you can take, and each path has several different versions you can experience depending on a choice you made earlier. There's a fish eating game, a monster on a mountain puzzle, and a few more endings. You usually wind up back where you started, and must repeat again. And so the game goes, a bit in circles, but finding a new path, puzzle, or a new ending is part of the fun.

Analysis: Rodríguez uses a combination of animation and comic book conventions, like split-screen panels, to direct you to the next step. Very stylish and fun, the comic stills mixed with the animation is a nice touch. Fun, quirky puzzles, a surreal premise and a fantastic score by Rodríguez and Fernando dg Saburit make this game enjoyable to play.

I played the first couple rounds in Spanish before I realized you can choose English on the main title screen, and thought it added a little mystery not knowing everything being said. Having to repeat parts didn't bother me, although I would have liked to have an additional payoff or two. I look forward to another installment of this surrealistic adventure game.

Play Mr Coo: El Laberinto Esférico

Update (July 30, 2008): Nacho just informed me of a new update to the game that is now online. Included in this update:

Ok, there's a new user-friendlier version online:

  • You only have to watch the first scenes twice, from the 3rd time you die you get a shortcut version.
  • Also if you enter any correct password, you get this shortcut path.
  • At the fish game you have now 5 lives, and it only needs to be won once.
  • Any password that has this path finished frees you from playing the fish game again.
  • And some other minor changes.
Cheers, Nacho

Walkthrough Guide


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Hokay, so i'm going to try to make a walkthrough. it's going to be like imbedded spoilers, cause nobody has explained how to do the list thing, that i've seen.

NOTE: Any time the scenes stop changing, click. I'm not going to write this in, so just remember it. Click to continue.

NOTE 2: Once you've beaten a path, click play again. You must complete all paths to get the real ending.

You start with 4 choices. The clock, the jar of green stuff, the box, or the empty panel.

Empty Panel:

You run off, and the three items get mad that you don't want to use them, so they kill you. DEAD

Everything else:

When the scene next stops, you have three choices. The stone face, the door, or the manhole thing.

Stone Face:

There's a small stone panel on the edge outside the door that you can click. Click it, it spins around, the face turns, opens, and you run inside. You are now on top of the place, and you don't have many options.

Click the red guy once, and he just turns and looks mad at you. Same if you click the floating rocks. Click him again, though, and he throws a rock at your face. Jerk. Now you have 3 options, which don't end with you dying. Click the rock first, so you pick it up.

Now, if you click the red guy, he'll catch the rock and launch it back. Click the floating bits of ground and you throw it off and lose it and be sad. Click the cloud above the red guy, and it becomes a rain cloud and makes the guy run off behind the rock with an umbrella. Now you can click the floating bits of ground and continue.

Now whichever item you clicked will make a difference.

You find a genie in a lamp who pops out. Now, if you picked the...

Jar of green stuff:

He picks you up and tosses you into a pot. Go back to the bit on the Manhole, for instructions.

Box:

The genie reaches down, twists the thing, and JACK IN THE BOX ATTACK! The genie gets understandably mad, and slices you. DEAD

Clock:

The alarm clock goes off and wakes up the guy. You end up falling out of a big circle thing and can play again. WIN. Click to play again, and choose a different path.

Door:

Click on the small metal tube thing down at the bottom of the screen next to you. It goes in the hole and opens the door.

Now you have to beat the fishy game. Just eat all fishes smaller than you. This took me like 5 tries, so just keep going at it. Now when the red fish shows up, click, and it eats you.

Now whichever item you picked makes a difference.

Clock:

The clock goes off, and the whole fish starts shaking. It goes crazy and spits you out onto the mountain. See the section on the Stone Face for instructions.

Jar:

You open the jar, and a shark notices the smell, and eats the fish, and you inside it. DEAD

Box:

The box opens and makes the fish into a submarine. You make your way to a bright hole, and the guy hops out of the hole, out of the circle thing, and you can play again. WIN. Click play again and choose a different path.

Manhole:

Click the tree nearest the face to make it sneeze the manhole up and away. You hop in.

You now are in a pot in some dungeon, and some weird cook guy is tossing ingredients into your pot.

Click the tongs on the guy's side when he's bending over at your right. You'll grab them and hide them. When the cook isn't to your right, click the bottle of acid above you. You grab it with the tongs and bring it down.

Now if you click the cook, you pour the acid on him and he gets mad, putting the lid on the pot and killing you. DEAD. Click the lid instead, so it gets all swiss cheesy. The cook puts the lid on, and you escape as steam, or a ghost. You decide.

Now it's differences time.

You end up in a graveyard, and use whichever item you picked.

Clock:

You reach into your ghostly pocket, and pull out an hourglass. The Grim Reaper takes the hourglass once it's empty, and swipes you with his scythe. DEAD

Box:

It opens up and shows some messed up roulette. It almost lands on the picture of the guy, but moves to the fish. You end up in the fishy game. Go to the Door section for instructions.

Jar:

You open the jar and drink its contents. You turn back into a person and walk off, only to fall into a grave. DEAD? Nope. WIN! You fall out of the ball and you can play again. Click to play again.


Now, if you've beaten these three paths, the end scene happens when you finish the last one.

Your other two selves that made it out show up. One gets huge feet, one a huge head, and one a huge torso. They look up, and the ball thing starts cracking. It turns out it was an egg! A chicken egg! Of monstrous proportions, as the screen-rattling "tweet" of the chick proves. The three guys hop on each other and combine to make a giant guy. Bonus points to the developer for Power Rangers reference. Then your giant Morphazoid runs off, and fights the chicken! Not. I was disappointed. It jumps onto the chicken and rides off. THE END

Once you've beaten the game, the "Secreto" panel turns and reveals a

Scene Select, so you can watch all of those great moments over again. You choose the item, then the path, and it shows you what happens. You then continue from there, if it's a DEAD or "jump to other path" path.

Woo that was interesting. Everybody is happy in the end though.

49 Comments

This was a very great game. A little punishing, though, for mistakes. If your character dies, you have to start from the beginning.

can't beat

the fish game...

stay near the top and make sure the fish are smaller

finished. it was clever, but too short, I think.

i thought it was a good time waster, but I'm not impressed enough with what i played the first time to go through and discover everything.

woooaaaahhhh... that was cool. and funny. i got to the end. like, the real end.

@StaceyG, the reviewer: The fish-eat-fish minigame is only for that path. the other paths don't include it.

I want to see all the other dead-ends though. so back to playing!

This looks like a great game, but I can't really say for sure because I didn't get that far. Why? Not because it is difficult, but because it just takes too long.

The fish game, for example, is just ridiculous. It's not difficult, but it takes a long time and patience. Not difficult + takes long time = tedious. And if you should happen to get gobbled, you have to start all over again.

Which seems to be a theme with this game: starting all over again. I passed the fish game the first time with no problem, but then I got to

a pinnacle with some platforms hanging in mid-air and a red monster across the way. Clicking on the monster didn't seem to do anything, so I tried to step out onto the platforms and was killed...

Bringing me all the way back to the beginning, where I had to go through the stupid fish game again. This time I was impatient and got gobbled halfway through, and when I saw that I had to start as a tiny fish again I just gave up.

There are things I like about the game. I love the art and the comic book-style split screens. The music is nice and soothing. But all of that just fades to frustration. The first time through, the wonder of exploration made it worthwhile, but that wears off pretty quickly. I wanted to enjoy this game, but I have neither the time nor the patience required.

waycooler: the fish-eat-fish minigame is only for the clock path? Well, that changes things a bit...

Um, or not.

waycooler: no offense, but what are you talking about? All of the original paths lead to the fish game, no matter which object you take.

And if you take none of them, they get annoyed and kill you...

Sorry for the three-in-a-row comments.

When you are at the tri-split screen w/the mountain, the door and the manhole cover you have

three different directions to go: 1) click the plant to tickle the mountain's nose 2) use the widget on the manhole cover 3) click the stone to the lower-right of the door

Suho1004: waycooler isn't referring to which of the three objects you select at the beginning.

he is referring to which path you select at the screen with the big head, the metal door, and the manhole. By clicking the tree on the head's screen you go down the manhole. By clicking the metal piece on the manhole screen you go to the fish game. By clicking the rock on the side of the metal door, you go the red monster on the cliff.

That was super cute! Especially the cooking devil and his big shakin' booty! Wasn't too difficult to figure out the games, but the little stories and messing up on purpose just to see the outcome made it enjoyable.

When at the red monster,

throw the rock at the cloud right above the mountain. It will then rain on the monster and he will run away.

People are saying there's only one ending (the fish game), but I got three different endings with the clock, the box, and the goo. I never tried it with nothing though. I'll do that now!

I would recommend playing in Castilian Spanish if you read and understand the language, even if you have a less than perfect grasp of it (I am a university student who has studied abroad in Spain). The English translations leave a bit to be desired. I think if the creator is interested in improving the game, perhaps he can take suggestions from bilingual persons and also people who see the English mistakes!

The easiest way to see all the endings is to unlock scene select by finishing the game the correct way.

The password is "pollito" (chick or little chicken in spanish, which makes sense when you see the last scene). Once you unlock all the scenes you realize on each of the three paths, one item kills you, one item takes you to an ending, and the remaining item takes you one of the other two paths

Hokay, so i'm going to try to make a walkthrough. it's going to be like imbedded spoilers, cause nobody has explained how to do the list thing, that i've seen.

NOTE: Any time the scenes stop changing, click. I'm not going to write this in, so just remember it. Click to continue.

NOTE 2: Once you've beaten a path, click play again. You must complete all paths to get the real ending.

You start with 4 choices. The clock, the jar of green stuff, the box, or the empty panel.

Empty Panel:

You run off, and the three items get mad that you don't want to use them, so they kill you. DEAD

Everything else:

When the scene next stops, you have three choices. The stone face, the door, or the manhole thing.

Stone Face:

There's a small stone panel on the edge outside the door that you can click. Click it, it spins around, the face turns, opens, and you run inside. You are now on top of the place, and you don't have many options.

Click the red guy once, and he just turns and looks mad at you. Same if you click the floating rocks. Click him again, though, and he throws a rock at your face. Jerk. Now you have 3 options, which don't end with you dying. Click the rock first, so you pick it up.

Now, if you click the red guy, he'll catch the rock and launch it back. Click the floating bits of ground and you throw it off and lose it and be sad. Click the cloud above the red guy, and it becomes a rain cloud and makes the guy run off behind the rock with an umbrella. Now you can click the floating bits of ground and continue.

Now whichever item you clicked will make a difference.

You find a genie in a lamp who pops out. Now, if you picked the...

Jar of green stuff:

He picks you up and tosses you into a pot. Go back to the bit on the Manhole, for instructions.

Box:

The genie reaches down, twists the thing, and JACK IN THE BOX ATTACK! The genie gets understandably mad, and slices you. DEAD

Clock:

The alarm clock goes off and wakes up the guy. You end up falling out of a big circle thing and can play again. WIN. Click to play again, and choose a different path.

Door:

Click on the small metal tube thing down at the bottom of the screen next to you. It goes in the hole and opens the door.

Now you have to beat the fishy game. Just eat all fishes smaller than you. This took me like 5 tries, so just keep going at it. Now when the red fish shows up, click, and it eats you.

Now whichever item you picked makes a difference.

Clock:

The clock goes off, and the whole fish starts shaking. It goes crazy and spits you out onto the mountain. See the section on the Stone Face for instructions.

Jar:

You open the jar, and a shark notices the smell, and eats the fish, and you inside it. DEAD

Box:

The box opens and makes the fish into a submarine. You make your way to a bright hole, and the guy hops out of the hole, out of the circle thing, and you can play again. WIN. Click play again and choose a different path.

Manhole:

Click the tree nearest the face to make it sneeze the manhole up and away. You hop in.

You now are in a pot in some dungeon, and some weird cook guy is tossing ingredients into your pot.

Click the tongs on the guy's side when he's bending over at your right. You'll grab them and hide them. When the cook isn't to your right, click the bottle of acid above you. You grab it with the tongs and bring it down.

Now if you click the cook, you pour the acid on him and he gets mad, putting the lid on the pot and killing you. DEAD. Click the lid instead, so it gets all swiss cheesy. The cook puts the lid on, and you escape as steam, or a ghost. You decide.

Now it's differences time.

You end up in a graveyard, and use whichever item you picked.

Clock:

You reach into your ghostly pocket, and pull out an hourglass. The Grim Reaper takes the hourglass once it's empty, and swipes you with his scythe. DEAD

Box:

It opens up and shows some messed up roulette. It almost lands on the picture of the guy, but moves to the fish. You end up in the fishy game. Go to the Door section for instructions.

Jar:

You open the jar and drink its contents. You turn back into a person and walk off, only to fall into a grave. DEAD? Nope. WIN! You fall out of the ball and you can play again. Click to play again.


Now, if you've beaten these three paths, the end scene happens when you finish the last one.

Your other two selves that made it out show up. One gets huge feet, one a huge head, and one a huge torso. They look up, and the ball thing starts cracking. It turns out it was an egg! A chicken egg! Of monstrous proportions, as the screen-rattling "tweet" of the chick proves. The three guys hop on each other and combine to make a giant guy. Bonus points to the developer for Power Rangers reference. Then your giant Morphazoid runs off, and fights the chicken! Not. I was disappointed. It jumps onto the chicken and rides off. THE END

Once you've beaten the game, the "Secreto" panel turns and reveals a

Scene Select, so you can watch all of those great moments over again. You choose the item, then the path, and it shows you what happens. You then continue from there, if it's a DEAD or "jump to other path" path.

Woo that was interesting. Everybody is happy in the end though.

Sorry for double post, but I'm sorry Suho1004 for the confusion, and thanks JIGuest for correcting me.

Wow, I love this game. Almost a little shade of Salvador Dali.

Just for your information: the proper translation of game's title is "The Spherical Labyrinth", not "The Infinite Labyrinth".

Thanks, whomever you are. That was my doing. I've updated the entry.

Still, I believe "infinite" (or perhaps "circular") is closer to the author's intended meaning.

That makes sense. This game ends a lot so it's hard to believe it would be infinite.

waycooler: My bad; no need to apologize. I didn't realize that there were other paths. With the nature of this game, it's easy to get confused. At least it is for me!

Am I the only one who was instantly reminded of this when I saw the Mr Coo?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Linea_(TV_series)

it wont let me play.. it keeps saying they've reached their bandwidth limit..
is there an alternative website for the game?

Opps looks like his host wasn't expecting to be linked from jayisgames! "Bandwidth Limit Exceeded"

Looks like a cool game is there a mirror anywhere?

If anyone can provide a mirror, this sounds like a great game, but I can't play it!

^ same here, I keep getting the "Bandwidth Limit Exceeded" message also

Other than having to re-watch things a lot, this is a lot of fun. Implement some sort of 'speed mode' where you jump straight to the end of a comic sequence if you've already seen it once and I don't think I'd have any complaints.

Wish the site would come back so I could play some more :)

A more appropriate mirror has been found and the links above updated. Please use that one instead.

(Please don't visit the "24" sites, one of which was posted here earlier. The owner of those sites is unscrupulous and unethical in his business practices.)

I like this game - it was different from the "norm" and I thought the animation was great.
Waycoder - thanks for the hints - they helped a lot!

I'm not a big fan that a) you have limited lives in the fish game b) if you didn't pick the right item you have to start over.

I really love the art, style, and the mini-game but I hate that you have to restart completely when you die.

I've learned from Nacho today, the game's author, that he is listening to the feedback in the comments here and from his friends, and he will be creating an update to the game in the very near future.

This game has a lot of symbolism(or I think it does):

The spherical labyrinth is Earth, which we are all trapped in,until we die. Perhaps "a corpse is about to have a dream" followed by the game's beginning means that what we did in life, or maybe some trial or test in the afterlife, dictates whether we must die and begin again or escape the spherical labyrinth(Earth, going to Heaven) , which "now seems just a mirage"-what we have in life does not affect our place in death.

Longest run-on sentence ever.

Excellent game, although Waycooler helped me through it, perhaps because I didn't have the patience to explore all the routes initially -- at one point I must have boiled to death in the pot because the chef kept running around adding spices but I wasn't visible anymore to even pick his pocket. It was wonderfully circular and well thought out and most pleasing not to have to hunt for pixels, plus the artwork was polished and well done. Thank you!

I love weird, pointless games like this! the artwork and character sort of reminded me of Doug TenNapel, of Earthworm Jim and The Neverhood.

One of my favourite bits was

the reincarnation box, where one of the things you could be incarnated as was a rock.

I didn't think it took too long to get back each time I got killed. For me, it makes the game a little more exciting to have consequences.

yes, like many others i'm very annoyed playing this game. I was able to pass the fish game several times, but then i picked the wrong item in the beginning and died. plus, I really don't want to go through the cut scenes over and over again. They really should give you an option to start in the middle or something (where you left off). I find it pretty stupid to have to start over and over again every time.

I keep getting Bandwidth Limit Exceeded

I've fixed the links again. Nacho continues to have issues with his hosting provider. Hopefully he will get things sorted soon.

dogbee - If you reload the game, you'll find that the experience has been modified such that you no longer have to replay areas you have already completed. Nacho has just released an update to the game.

This is a fantastic game. I love the art, personality, music--all of it--just fantastic!

Please don't visit the "24" sites, one of which was posted here earlier. The owner of those sites is unscrupulous and unethical in his business practices. - Jay.

Hmmmm I used one of those links the other day and then a rogue anti spyware program tried to install itself. It seemed like a drive by but I was reluctant to accept that I'd got a dirty link from this site. It may well of not been the link and may have been from somewhere else but the rogue program appeared almost as soon as I was connected to the site. The program was caught before it done anything so no harm done.


[Edit: That's why I referred to them as "24" only. They are the sites with "24" in the name. Don't. Visit. Ever. I removed the links posted here as quickly as I could. -Jay]

I don't understand what to do once I'm stuck in the pot of me-stew. I got the

tongs

but I don't know what to use them with.

[Edit: That's why I referred to them as "24" only. They are the sites with "24" in the name. Don't. Visit. Ever. I removed the links posted here as quickly as I could. -Jay]

Thanks for the heads up Jay. I'll look out for that in future. Cheers.

I loved the game but I got lucky and picked the right item for the right path each time. I think there should have maybe been a more clear indicator that you only need to beat each path once using each item once. Like removing the item and closing the path off once you beat it.

Also I think it would've been fun if every item had its own way for beating the path you're on, that way you don't feel cheated by being set back just for the wrong initial choice. You're still able to try the other combinations after you beat the game and it wouldn't have affected the story much.

I love this game...after I got to my first ending, I had to go back and play through all the possibilities. And then I wished I could do it again and still be surprised XD

That was great! <3 I loved it! I just had to try get every possibility with each item. ;3

I liked the music, style and characters. xD Very nice. I enjoyed the fish mini game even though it took me a while to get it right.

The ending was sheer win.

GIANT CHICK FOR THE WIN! 8D

That was an utterly amazing game! Loved it, and huge thanks to the creator! By far the best game I've played in a long time.

Thanks for the site, Jay.

[Edit: You're very welcome. My pleasure. ^_^ -Jay]

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