Show Some Love

Posted on Feb 13th 2013 at 11:19:53 PM by (Crabmaster2000)
Posted under NES Challenge, Tiger Heli, Twin Cobra, Flintstones Rescure of Dino and Hoppy, Hollywood Squares, Urban Champion, Balloon Fight, Qix, Pi

With NES Open Tournament Golf finished so that its not eating up a ton of my playing time I'm moving along at a much more comfortable pace now. 9 Games downed since last update!!

Went on a Black Box binge which started with some Donkey Kong 3. I had never played this before and expected it to be much like the original...... WOW was that not the right assumption. I really liked it, but the game was extremely odd. Puffing air at DK's ass until he knocks a beehive onto his own head....... how did that ever get made? Anyway like many early games and arcade ports there were only a few levels to loop so it was a quick victory.

After DK I decided to take it to the streets with some Urban Champion. Since the game goes on forever and winning one match and calling it a day felt pretty lame I decided to keep playing until I was awarded a trophy for my victory icon. Still not overly hard, but at least I had to play it for more than 1-2 minutes.

One of my favorite Black Box titles that I have not played in far too long was Balloon Fight. I like it mainly for the Balloon Trip mode. The regular mode is fine too, feels like a better version of joust. But I really enjoy the Balloon Trip a lot. You get ranked in Balloon Trip mode so my goal was to get the 1st place ranking.

Last for my Black Box triumphs this update was Pinball. This was the game I spent the most time on also. Pinball doesn't have an ending, highscore or levels. So I decided my goal should be to get the flippers to disappear (100,000 points), then reappear (150,000 points) and save the lady in the bonus scene at least once. Felt like an appropriate goal to call it done. Took me a while to figure out how to build a decent score, but much like when I played High Speed it got quite enjoyable once I figured out how the table played. Not as bad as I first assumed.

Next game is one I was lucky enough to pick up while down south visiting the flea market with Shadow, Qix. It took me far to long to finally plug it into my NES. It is a really addicting little puzzler. I dunno if its just me, but I found it pretty challenging and also a ton of fun. You run a line across a big rectangular area trying to create shapes in it without hitting enemies. The goal is to fill a certain percentage of the level with your shapes. Sounds lame, but so do most puzzle games when you say it out loud. This is one I'll definitely revisit later on.

Still looking slate my insatiable hunger for game shows I dusted off my copy of Hollywood Squares and won myself a car! The questions are fairly easy and after only a couple playthroughs you'll probably notice a lot of them being recycled, but the humor is actually pretty funny most of the time. Definitely more fun with a friend than against the computer though.

Looking for something a little more action packed I decided to revisit a game I havn't played in a few years, Twin Cobra. It doesn't get talked about much when people discuss scrolling shooters on the NES, but I think its great. The powerup system is very basic (I actually like that) and the controls are very tight. They recycle a few bosses, but for the most part they are varied and interesting. I think its a great shooter definitely worth checking out.

Oddly enough I actually owned, played, and beat Flintstones Surprise at Dinosaur Peak long before I did any of those with Flintstones Rescue of Dino & Hoppy. It was about time I fixed that. This game reminded me a lot of the Jetsons. It seemingly does a lot of things I like, but for some reason it just doesn't feel that much fun. I think with a new fighting mechanic it might flow a lot better. Kind of a "meh" game for me.

And to finish the night off this evening I popped in yet another scrolling shooter with Tiger-Heli. Unlike Twin Cobra its pretty obvious why this one doesn't get mentioned much. Its not terrible, its just incredibly bland. It doesn't have much personality to it at all. And it feels very slow. Luckily there are only 4 short levels and then it starts looping stages.

2013 NES List

61 Games Beaten Over 44 Days

Sesame Street Countdown
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Tournament Fighters
Shooting Range
Space Shuttle Project
Double Dare
Win, Lose or Draw
Whomp Em
Dragon Fighter
Bugs Bunny's Crazy Castle
Family Feud
Tale Spin
Gun Smoke
Kiwi Kraze
10 Yard Fight
Tom & Jerry
Wrecking Crew
Time Lord
Orb 3D
Wheel of Fortune Jr
Wheel of Fortune Family Edition
Captain America and the Avengers
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune Featuring Vanna White
The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle
Bo Jackson Baseball
Jeopardy! Jr
Jeopardy! 25th Anniversary
Cowboy Kid
Crash n The Boys: Street Challenge
Color A Dinosaur
Sesame Street 123
Sesame Street ABC
Sesame Street Hide & Speak
Classic Concentration
Fisher Price I Can Remember
Fisher Price Perfect Fit
Mickey's Safari in Letterland
Mickey's Adventure in Numberland
NES Open Golf
DK Jr Math
Donkey Kong 3
Urban Champion
Balloon Fight
Hollywood Squares
Twin Cobra
Flintstones Rescue of Dino & Hoppy

Future Plans - Might try another sports compilation like Winter Games or Track & Field II.

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I can't help but think that the Tiger-Heli screen there is a euphemism for something...
Glad you liked Qix! I was introduced to it as a kid as one of my first Game Boy games.
I think DK3 was accidentaly assigned to the Assitant to the Branch Manager.
DK3 is even more messed up once you realise that Stan the Bug man is using pesticide on poor old DK.

Balloon Fight will always have a huge place in my heart, it was one of the only Video Games I played with my dad.
Love it Crabby.  Keep rollin em out.

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