Sunday 9 June 2024

Toxic Crusaders (NES review)

Developer: TOSE
Publisher: Bandai
Released: 1992

Toxic Crusaders is a side-scrolling beat-em-up that's based on the 1991 cartoon of the same name.

+ Avoiding damage allows you to upgrade your mop so it unleashes projectiles, which is a nice reward for skilled play.

+ Includes a password system to continue your game, and there's some neat graphical touches, cut-scene artwork and music.

- Gameplay is mind-numbing, as you'll face the same handful of enemy sprites while having barely any moves to defeat them.

- Swarming and relentless enemy A.I. is brutal, and it doesn't help that the collision detection is utterly atrocious.

- For some bizarre reason, your strongest attack uses the Select button, which is uncomfortable and unwieldy.

- Level 4's skateboarding section is ill-advised, as it removes your projectile weapon if you're fully powered-up.

- Boss battles are unimaginative and their basic, repetitive patterns make for some truly boring fights.

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