Saturday 18 March 2023

Disney's Beauty and the Beast (NES review)

Developer: Probe Software
Publisher: Hudson Soft
Released: 1994

Disney's Beauty and the Beast is an action-platformer that was also released on the Super Nintendo in 1994.

+ Level design has quite a few differences compared to the SNES version, so it's at least worth a look for fans of that game.

+ Beast is easier to control in this 8-bit port thanks to his enhanced manoeuvrability in terms of adjusting while in mid-jump.

- However, the game fails to register button presses at an alarming rate, which hampers split-second maneuvers.

- Levels are tedious, as they send you on a wild goose chase across huge maps, and it's easy to lose your bearings.

- Scrolling is choppy and jarring when climbing walls, and it almost looks like the screen is tearing as it vertically shifts.

- Includes blind leaps of faith to agitate players and on occasion you'll land straight in an instant death pit.

- Collision detection is so poor that you can punch enemies while several pixels away from them and it will still register!

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