Night of the Emus #18

Sometimes nostalgia is cruel and misleading. This is one of those times. I had fond memories of this game, but looking back on it now, it’s pretty awful. I guess it must have been one of those games that I begged for as a kid, then just ended up learning to force myself to enjoy because I was stuck with it.

Bart vs. The Space Mutants already had pretty crappy controls, and so naturally this one said “hey, let’s add in way more platforming this time, but we’ll leave the terrible controls exactly the same!”. This results in you falling and dying or having to redo large climbing sections over and over and over again and when the game already isn’t that great to begin with, it’s just not worth the effort. Gave up around half way through.

This was an interesting one. I never played it back in the day, but I remember reading about it in Nintendo Power. Wurm tries to be a little bit of everything. It starts out as a side-scrolling shoot-em-up where you’re driving a vehicle that can switch between ground and flying forms, but there are also vertical scrolling shoot-em-up sections, first person shooting gallery boss fights, and some side-scrolling action-platforming sections too.

Some gameplay types are better than others here, the action-platforming one is definitely the weakest of the bunch, but overall it’s pretty fun stuff. Pretty nice, colorful graphics for an old NES title and some pretty cool music.

Back before the MSRB some oddly gruesome games slipped through the cracks. Abadox is the strange tale of…some guy, who needs to journey literally into the guts of a giant living monster planet, for reasons. Every level is basically just a giant squirming pile of guts that you’re zooming through, with a lot of weirdly grotesque bio-freaks hounding you all the way.

This is one of those typical sadistic shoot-em-ups where you die in one hit and then the game kicks you while you’re down by stripping you of all your vital power-ups too. Thank goodness for save states!

Continuing to revisit the Valis series with Valis 2, this time on the fancy TurboGrafx CD version that I’ve never played before. The CD audio and voiceovers are a nice addition and I imagine the graphics are probably slightly better than the standard cartridge version. Otherwise it’s pretty much more of the same though.

The levels are more linear in this entry, but also a good deal more difficult. It’s still pretty much the same basic model of simple action-platforming though. Nice music, cool looking monsters and bosses, nearly incoherent anime-inspired story. Fun times if you’re into that sort of thing though.

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