Wednesday 20 December 2023

Mr. Gimmick (NES review)

Developer: Sunsoft
Publisher: Sunsoft
Released: 1993

Mr. Gimmick is an action-platformer that was only released in Japan and Scandinavia.

+ Spectacular physics engine / level design, and attempting to find all six magic items to unlock the true ending is fun.

+ Learning how to competently use your star attack to reach higher platforms adds a cool puzzle-like element.

+ Enemy A.I. is mind-blowing, as foes make a conscious effort to dodge your attacks and evade perilous death pits.

+ Music has the typical Sunsoft flair with some funky bass lines, while the graphics push the console to the absolute limit.

- Controls are slippery to an infuriating degree and it can take a while to avoid over-shooting your intended target.

- Star attacks are under-powered and never make you feel that you have a truly effective way of battling swarms of enemies.

- While there's unlimited continues, the game removes your magic items, meaning you can't unlock the final boss.

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