Saturday 18 May 2024

Battletoads (NES review)

Developer: Rare
Publisher: Tradewest
Released: 1991

Battletoads is an action game that was later released on the Sega Game Gear and Sega Mega Drive in 1993.

+ Graphics are fantastic with some beautiful pixel art and cut-scenes that feature huge sprite work.

+ Packs in an enormous amount of gameplay variety, which acts as an incentive to keep grinding to the next stage.

+ Fans of Super Meat Boy (2010, Xbox 360) will find lots to love thanks to the brutal challenge that demands perfection.

- However, it relies too heavily on trial-and-error and mercilessly drops in new mechanics with no prior learning.

- Entire game basically revolves around having to react to hazards up ahead that you have no visibility of until the last second.

- Collision detection is suspect and the clunky controls don't offer the level of precision required to counteract the difficulty.

- Many levels outstay their welcome by dragging on for far too long, which negates any real fun they may hold.

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