Show Some Love

Posted on Jan 9th 2013 at 08:50:10 AM by (Crabmaster2000)
Posted under NES Challenge, Gun Smoke, Kiwi Kraze, 10 Yard Fight, Tom and Jerry

As usual on my days off things slow down a bit game-wise. But I did wake up insanely early and found a bit of time to sink into my NES list. First one I beat was a recommendation from Singlebanana. The game was Gun Smoke. Very odd shmup type game. Wild West isn't exactly what I think of when I think shmup, but somehow they make the theme work well. Each level has you shooting bandits as you hunt for a wanted poster which will unveil the level's boss when you get to a certain area. Helpful townsfolk will sell you new guns, ammo, a horse or even the wanted map if you're willing to spend your hard earned cash. Another reason why its a bit off is because of the angle you fire your guns at. You can fire straight by pushing both A and B at the same time, but that's kind of a pain so most of your shooting will be diagonally. Pretty short game and relatively easy as far a shmups go. Definitely fun and worth checking out though. Thanks Banana!

Another thanks is in order to yet another rfgen member for this next one too. Fleach sent me a copy of Kiwi Kraze as part of my secret santa gift this year. Not only did I have fun playing it, but it was the second to last Taito release I needed!! I didn't really know what to expect with this one, but being Taito I figured I'd enjoy it. Its kind of an action platformer, but the further you get the more puzzle heavy it becomes. A lot of the levels become more about figuring out how to navigate a maze or get around certain obstacles and moves away from how it initially starts out. Pretty neat game and very tight controls. Thanks Fleach!!

After playing two solid games I thought I'd chance it with a black box title and give 10 Yard Fight a try. Much of my black box experience has been that I need to find a way to out smart the computer AI and then spam that in order to win. Much to my surprise though the computer was pretty dumb on 10 Yard Fight, even on the hardest (Super Bowl) mode. My team had no problem tackling they guys or intercepting passes and after playing two games (which were literally the first and only time I've played the game) the computer had failed to score a single point against me. If you're looking for an easy victory this is definitely one.

Lastly I went back to the Saturday morning cartoon games and played through Tom & Jerry. It was a pretty frustrating game. The controls are a bit sloppy, and very few of the levels are much fun to play. They really designed them to be a chore instead of enjoyable. I spent about 10 minutes in the middle of the game exploiting the fact that I could gain as many lives as I wanted, even though in the end it turned out I didn't need to max them out like I did. Not one of the best I've played this year, or any other year.

With 4 more games crossed off my list since last update that puts me at 18 games beaten over that last 9 days. So I'm well on my way to meeting my goal if I can keep it up, and I have several "cheap" wins sitting in the wings if I should need them so I'm in pretty good shape so far. I spent more time on Tom & Jerry than I would have liked, but I've also managed to keep plugging away at Wrecking Crew as well. I'm around phase 62 out of 100 on that one now.

2013 NES List

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

Future Plans - Continue working away at Wrecking Crew for sure. Feeling like a puzzle game too so I think I'm going to try my hand at Hatris tomorrow and maybe try and cross off a game I've been meaning to for quite a while now, Time Lord.

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For nostalgia purposes, I'd put Gun Smoke in my list of Top 10 games for the NES.  I love the gameplay, the music, and the ability to upgrade your weapons.  Once you figure out where all of the wanted posters are located, the game is pretty quick.  Nothing like some Wild West ninjas!  Nice work Crabby!
@singlebanana:It definitely hit the spot for me too. Thanks for the awesome recommendation!!
I'm really happy to hear that you enjoyed Kiwi Kraze and I'm glad to have brought you one step closer to your Taito set. The video looked pretty fun.

As for 10 Yard Fight... I could not beat that thing. Either I have yet to learn how to outsmart the computer, or I just stink at sports games.

Oh yeah, kiwis come from New Zealand. The Outback is in Australia. No hard feelings but as an Ausie I thought I should clear that up.

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