Wednesday 3 January 2024

Bucky O'Hare (NES review)

Developer: Konami
Publisher: Konami
Released: 1992

Bucky O'Hare is an action-platformer that's based on the comic book of the same name.

+ Level design constantly surprises with its use of verticality and awesome set-pieces that make each area feel unique.

+ Allows you to choose the order in which you tackle the first four stages, and there's even a handy password feature.

+ Being able to switch between characters on the fly adds strategy, as well as puzzle elements in terms of how to progress.

+ Gorgeous graphics with detailed sprite work and cut-scenes, and the music does an excellent job of heightening the intensity.

- Difficulty is wildly uneven and many sections will have you tearing your hair out due to the reliance on trial-and-error over skill.

- Recycles many ideas from other NES games such as Life Force (1987), Mega Man II (1988) and Battletoads (1991).

- Too many sections lean on Blinky's abilities and overall there's not enough focus on the rest of the characters.

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