Night of the Emus

Another excellent Sonic the Hedgehog game from olden times. Great music and level design. It does have its downsides though. Tails is pretty useless, unless you were trying to play that awful split screen co-op mode. He actually hurts more than he helps in the special stages. Boy, I forgot how ridiculously hard those levels got in this one. The final 2 special stages are just ridiculous, requiring you to get basically every single ring without taking a single hit or missing even part of a group of rings. You’d just have to keep playing these levels over and over again, trying to memorize everything and hoping that you got really lucky. Then for all your trouble getting all the chaos emeralds, you’re treated to two back-to-back extra hard boss fights where you have zero rings. Again, I have no idea how I used to be able to beat games like this as a kid.

An early Capcom game, Gunsmoke is a vertical-scrolling shooter with a cowboy theme. As usual with Capcom games, it has extremely catchy music, fun gameplay, and a high, but not impossible level of challenge. It’s not one of their “must play” titles, but it’s still a pretty solid classic that holds up reasonably well if you like this kind of game.

Even as a kid, I could never beat this one. I’ve always wanted to go back and finish it, but upon trying it again, I can see why I gave up back in the day. This is an incredibly sadistic game. It feels like they tried to mash Metal Gear and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles together, and it uses a system that’s kind of similar to the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES game, where you can switch between three characters at any time, but if any of them die, they’re gone forever. This is tough enough to manage as it is, but the game also loves to throw a lot of instant death moments your way on a regular basis. Attack the wrong person in a public area? Dead. Walking in public when suddenly a car comes shooting out of nowhere and mows you down? Dead. Trying to get through one of the nasty sewer dungeons and go the wrong way, prompting a wall to move, pushing you into the water with no way to escape? Dead. I couldn’t even tell what it was I was supposed to be doing. I don’t know, maybe I’ll try again someday with a guide or something, but I just didn’t have the patience for it this time.

Time enough for one more Turtles game. Again, why play the port when you can play original. Another classic Konami beat-em-up. All these Turtle games are making me want to read the old comics or watch the crappy old cartoon again. TURTLES ON THE BRAIN!

4 thoughts on “Night of the Emus

  1. A lot of people say Sonic 2 is the best game in the series, but for my money, I think Sonic 3 & Knuckles is better. They’re both good games, but being able to save goes a long way.

    I think Gun.Smoke was one of the first Capcom games I played. It’s interesting having a shoot ‘em up that isn’t space-themed or one in which you control a character on the ground. One of the only other ones I can think of right now is Squaresoft’s King’s Knight, which has a medieval theme. It’s… not a good game. At all. Gun.Smoke is easily the superior effort.

  2. Sounds like Impossible Mission lives up to its name.

    I like Sonic 2, but have to agree with Red Metal on Sonic 3 & Knuckles being the best of the Megadrive titles. Tails can sometimes be helpful if you have a buddy to control him. During boss fights Sonic can focus on dodging attacks and leave his partner to deal damage.

    Turtles in Time is a great game. I played a lot of it during a trip to Florida (the hotel had it in its arcade section.) I suspect the cartoons haven’t aged well, but I did enjoy the Turtles Forever movie that saw the old team meet up with the new Turtles.

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