Here are the results of the recent I Spy minigame. If an animal has scored, I've only listed the game that scored (and who mentioned it), but if no-one scored any points I've put in all the games mentioned that were never verified. For responses with no answer, I have added my own comments.
Arctic Hare: Final Fantasy VI (Bezman), Space Station Silicon Valley (Spencer Greenwood). The game I was thinking of here was indeed Space Station Silicon Valley which is one of my favourite games (I've played it through many times).
Pomeranian Dog: since this isn't in Nintendogs, it seems this isn't in any game anyone knows of!
Giant Squid: Endless Ocean (Spencer Greenwood). Shame no-one verified this. Yes, Endless Ocean was what I was thinking of. Scared the hell out of me when I first came across it! Even though nothing can actually harm you in this game, seeing a Giant Squid was quite a shock!
Kiwi: New Zealand Story Revolution (Spencer Greenwood = 2, Bezman = 1). Well, I would have gone for the original arcade game, but fair enough. Stephen Knightly complains that it looks more like a chicken – well, maybe so, bu the makers definitely call it a Kiwi. I'm pretty sure one of the Ty the Tasmanian Tiger games had a Kiwi too, but I don't know which.
Norwegian Lobster: any game with a lobster tank in a restaurant would have scored for this one. I can't think of one off hand, but there must be one...
Indian Elephant: Civilization III (Darius = 2, Katherine = 1, Bezman = 1). I was thinking Dynasty Warriors 3 for this one.
Rhamphorhynchus: Dinosaur World (Spencer Greenwood). I was thinking of the classic arcade shooter Prehistoric Isle in 1930. It was a boss in that.
Echidna: Sonic & Knuckles (Bezman = 2, Cyranix = 1). Nice easy one here!
Mole Cricket: this is one of the insects in Animal Crossing.
Marmot: I don't know of any game containing a Marmot.
Baiji (Yangtze River Dolphin): I don't believe there has ever been a game featuring this endangered species.
Osprey: It slips my mind where I have seen an osprey, but there is one to be found.
Hallucigenia: I'd be very surprised if this has been in any game!
Wombat: Magic: The Gathering Online (Bezman = 2, Katherine = 1)
Chameleon: Knuckles Chaotix (Spencer Greenwood = 2, Bezman = 1)
Arapaima: Animal Crossing (Bezman). Yes, of course, this is what I was thinking. Shame nobody came behind you to verify, Bezman!
Styracosaur: Starfox Adventures, Turok 3 (Spencer Greenwood), Raptor Safari (Bezman). Almost any of the Turok games would have scored here, but alas, no verification!
Pangolin: not in any game I know about.
Lynx: there's a Lynx somewhere out there, but I don't know the title.
Emu: I think there's one in one of the Ty the Tasmanian Tiger games...
Goliath Beetle: Prince of Persia: Sands of Time (Bezman). This is also an insect in Animal Crossing, but again, no verification.
Capybara: I'd be very surprised if this was in any game.
Marine Iguana: Finally, this charming little fellow appears in Endless Ocean.
So after all that, only three of these twenty-three animals scored! Was the problem that people didn't like the I Spy format, or were the animals just too hard a subject? I liked this minigame, and I'd like to give it another go, so any advice as to how to make it more fun next time just let me know. (Happy to change the rules, too, since the verification system didn't quite work out for us).
Here are the final scores:
Behrooz 'Bezman' Shahriari: 5 points
Spencer Greenwood: 4 points
Katherine/Darius: 2 points
Cyranix: 1 point
Congratulations on the win, Bezman! If you go to the ihobo site and use the contact link to send us your postal address, we will email you a list of things in the ihobo surplus stock cupboard for you to choose as a prize. Thanks to everyone who played in this one!