‘Perfect Strangers’ Video Game Lets You Pursue Your Dreams With Balki
'Perfect Strangers' was about more than just mismatched cousins who often found themselves in ridiculous circumstances and occasionally danced the "Dance of Joy." The sitcom, which ran from 1986 to 1993, was about following one's dreams.
In the case of Balki Bartokomous (Bronson Pinchot), his dream was to escape his family sheep farm in the Greek-like island of Mypos and start anew in America. Balki is also the star of an addictive new 'Perfect Strangers' video game from designer Jason Oda.
In the game, you get to pick what your dream is, and then control Balki as he pursues it for you. When this is going on, 'Perfect Strangers''s uplifting and sneakily catchy theme song, 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now,' plays in the background. (Watch it below and get all nostalgic and misty-eyed for the '80s.)
The game proved so popular that its server crashed on Thursday, when it first made its debut. But Oda promised to have it back up and running soon and it is currently working now.
"Those characters and that song inspire me to keep working and having hope for the future... just wanted other people to have that too," is how Oda explained his motivation for making the game.
You can play 'Perfect Strangers: Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now' here. But, be warned, if you don't take it seriously, you will not catch your dream. And then no "dance of joy" for you.