Posts Tagged ‘NES’

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Posted: September 10, 2011 in Games
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Platform: NES

I must admit, it took me a good few years to admit that I actually like this game. Twenty years, in fact.  I recently got into playing it again, and I actually enjoy it.  This is the Zelda game that many fans of the series are divided about.  You’ve got a bunch of fans on the left saying that it’s awful because it plays nothing like the first game, but then you also have a bunch of fans on the right who really enjoy the side-scrolling and levelling up system that has been introduced.

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Gumshoe

Posted: March 23, 2011 in Games
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Platform: NES

Remember that awful, unresponsive red gun Nintendo released for the NES?  Well, you rely on it fully for this game, and boy…don’t ya know it.

Without the gun, you can’t play this game.  With the gun, you can’t play this game.  The gun is unresponsive and it is almost impossible to shoot the enemies as they enter the screen.  You don’t just have to shoot the enemies though, you also have to shoot Mr Stevenson, who walks continuously to the right.  You have to shoot him to make him jump…but as you can imagine, this is a task and a half!  If you miss him, he will end up falling down a hole, or walking into a monster or obstacle of some sort.  The gun has bullets (not in reality of course, in the game) and you collect even more bullets as you shoot the red balloons.  Run out of bullets however, and it’s game over.  Kill Mr Stevenson (yes please), and it’s game over. (more…)

Gun Smoke – YeeHaw!

Posted: March 23, 2011 in Games
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Platform: NES

When I was a nipper, I came downstairs ready for bed in my cozy pj’s, to find my mum on the last level of Gun Smoke.  The LAST level!  My mum is hardcore.  It was also the same night that our house got invaded by wasps…but that’s another story entirely. 

My mum loved this game, and she still speaks fondly of it – and rightly so.  It’s a game about cowboys and Indians, with some ninjas thrown in.  It’s a vertical scrolling shoot-em up, where you play as Billy Bob, a bounty hunter whose task is to go after the crime lords of the Wild West.  Each mission starts with a wanted poster, and it is Bob’s job to go through each level to reach the wanted man.  It’s not easy, and it gets harder as the game goes on.  You must complete each stage to be able to progress. (more…)

Platform: NES

Remember when computer games were simple?  Remember when joypads only had two buttons?  Super Mario Bros was a great platformer, and helped turn Nintendo into the big gaming industry that it is today. 

Super Mario Bros was very simple to play, as you controlled Mario (a plumber, in case you didn’t know) across each level, dodging enemies, collecting coins and going down tunnels.  It revolutionised the platform genre, and it is still as successful today as it was back then in the good old 1980’s.  (more…)

Maniac Mansion

Posted: March 2, 2011 in Games
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Platform: NES, Commordore 64, Apple II, IBM PC, Amiga, Atari ST

A fun and eerie adventure.  This is how I would describe this classic game from LucasArts.  You choose a gang of kids to join the main character Dave in sneaking around the spooky mansion to try to find Dave’s missing girlfriend, Sandy.

It’s a point and click adventure, and was my favourite game for the NES.  You use an arrow to basically click different areas on the screen, with the commands being across the bottom.  The cursor did often feel slow, but it never used to take the enjoyment away.  The game consisted of lots of hidden objects and clues to find whilst you progressed through the mansion in search of Sandy. (more…)