Thursday, November 28, 2013
As a fan of the original Galaga for the arcade, I was skeptical about this remade version. This is obviously a shoot em up. The game is actually pretty decent. You switch between 3 modes, vertical, side scrolling, and 3D. The game play is pretty smooth and the graphics are really good for a PS1 game. The music is awesome. The switching between the modes keeps the game fresh and not boring. OK, there are a few negative things about the game. In 3D mode it is hard to see where your shots are going even though you have a square target thing to use. The control is a little weird also. The ship doesn't seem very responsive in any mode. It seems sluggish and lethargic. I am sure this was on purpose to make the ship move like the original arcade version. Since this is a totally remade game and not a port, I feel the ship should have been faster and more responsive. Another negative thing is that sometimes there is so much going on in the background that I found my eyes wandering on the background objects instead of the game. Overall I give the game a 7 out of 10. Certainly a very playable game that is fun and cool to pop in from time to time.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
I love actual pinball games. Video game pinball games almost always fall short. This one falls way short. There is nothing good about this game. It is pure crap. The graphics remind me of The Incredible Machine for the PC. It doesn't even really play like a pinball game. It has a ton of "tables" you can choose from and the variety is just about the only thing going for this game. The game play sucks so bad you could almost just keep flipping the flippers and not even look at the screen. There is nothing about this game that even remotely resembles a pinball table. It takes forever to move to a different portion of the "table" and that makes it super frustrating. I didn't even make it 5 minutes before I wanted to throw this turd of a game out the window of a moving vehicle. Overall I give it a 1 out of 10. It only gets a one because of the variety that it offers.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
This game is not very good for many reasons. When you start the game you are in a Karate tournament stage where you fight 3 people. This is literally stand in place and keep pressing kick while the other guy runs into your foot repeatedly. After you take 6 seconds to beat that you go through an Okinawa stage where it is basically just run through the stage as fast as you can while avoiding the thugs that come at you. I suppose you could take your time and build up score <shrug>. There are bonus stages where you have to go into the doors in the huts. It is really just a black void that is very awkward to make your character enter. It is hard to explain, you just have to play to see what I am talking about. You have 3 different bonus stages that randomly come up. Swinging hammer, ice block break, and chopstick fly catch. The bonus stages give you crane kicks and drum punches which work if you are standing still and press the jump or punch button. The next stage is a little trickier because you are now in a typhoon where you are walking against the wind. There are sticks and bird that run into you and knock you back. You can still use the run as fast as you can through the stage strategy however. Next stage is a rocky desert like stage with some increased difficulty. I think after that is another tournament with the boss and I think you can stand in one spot and kick and have him run into your kicks just like the beginning of the game. The game is not fun at all and gets boring very quick. Overall I give it a 3 out of 10. Maybe good for younger or non experienced gamers?
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Here is a pic of the cartridge.
This was one of the original 17 launch titles when the NES came out in North America back in 1985. I remember going to K-Mart in 1986 and playing this game along with others on the demo NES unit. This is a pretty decent game. In it's simplicity it manages to remain fun over and over again. You make your way through 6 levels of enemies who get progressively more difficult on every level. There is a boss at the end of every level that has his own style of fighting and way of being defeated. This game is fun to pick back up if you haven't played it in awhile. The graphics are good, game play is awesome, and difficulty is just right. This is one of those games that I remember being extremely difficult when I was a kid but is now pretty simple. Overall I give this game a 7 out of 10. Definitely a must for anyone's NES collection.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Saturday, November 9, 2013
<sigh> I don't really like puzzle games at all except Tetris. I do try to give every game a chance though. I don't really care for this game at all. The goal of the game is to make lines with 6 dice. You make poker hands with the dice or get 3 in a row for a line. The game requires math which turns me off to it right away. Nothing spectacular in the graphics or sound dept. of this game. I give it a 2 out of 10 and thats only because you can do head to head with another person. Although I didn't try the head to head feature I can see how it would be fun for like 5 minutes.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
I never was a fan of this game. This is just a port of the original arcade version. It is a very good port. The graphics are about as good as you can get on the NES for this game. The game play is identical to the arcade version. I can play this version and be satisfied as an arcade port. Overall I give it 8 out of 10 stars. The only reason it didn't get a 10 out of 10 is because the title screen music is ripped off from NES Baseball and after you press start it uses Mike Tyson's Punch-out music. The other reason this game did not get a perfect score is the fact that the ships lasers are white instead of multi colored like the arcade version. Maybe this game is supposed to be a mash-up of Stargate and Defender?
By Chris Gray (he wants you to know that, his name is real big in the title screen.) Odd Cheesy title screen with repetitive, horrible music. Shitty game play and graphics. This game is not even remotely good. I have played some shitty games before but this one takes the cake. I don't even understand how this game made it to the NES. I am not sure if it was ever released on any old computer system, but I can see this game on like an Atari 800 computer or something. You start off with the option to do a flying mission or an enemy base mission. I started with the flying mission. The horizon line stays at the same point so there is no frame of reference on altitude except an altimeter. Little black planes fly away from you no matter what altitude you are at and they are impossible to shoot with any of the 8 "weapons" that you can select. There is a map mode you can go into that doesn't show you where you are going or what you are supposed to do. Did I mention that the graphics are crude and blocky? There is also some attempt at humor in the opening montage of the game but it is really lame. The second part of the game is the enemy base mode. This mode sucks too. Apparently if you figure out where you are supposed to go in the helicopter and land, you get to explore an enemy base. This mode is a crude attempt at something that tries to resemble Metal Gear maybe? The game play really sucks and is super repetitive. It certainly does not make up for the really shitty graphics. Overall I give this game 1 out of 10 stars and the 1 star is only because it is the only helicopter sim game on the NES. Stay away from this turd of a game unless you want to waste 3 or 4 minutes of your life.