Show Some Love

Posted on Jan 4th 2013 at 09:07:10 AM by (Crabmaster2000)
Posted under NES Challenge, Double Dare, Win Lose or Draw, Dragon Fighter, Whomp Em, Othello

As promised I played a few game show type games. I actually don't mind trivia games like these. Double Dare was up first. This is one I've never had the pleasure of actually watching. Seems like I would have liked it though. The questions were VERY easy most of the time, even though several were US centric they were still fairly obvious. Not a hard game to beat, but some of the mini-game parts had poor controls and were a bit annoying.

Followed Double Dare with one I actually have seen on TV, Win, Lose or Draw. The game is meant for at least 2 people so I just ran through a match all alone. One of the easiest games to beat because of that. Kind of curious to know how it would have been with a partner.

Now Othellos is a game that I loathe. Its possibly the only NES game that my wife can beat me at 100% of the time. I'm horrible at Othello. Beating the computer on Hard and then Extra Super Hard turned out to be too much for me. After a few hours of failed attempts I basically found a smarter computer than then NES one to take him on. I punched in the moves the computer was making on a Java Othello game set to expert and then played what the Java app did on the NES game. Even then the NES cart beat the first 2 apps I pitted it against. That made me feel a bit better from all my loses. Finally I found an app that was able to crush the NES version and crossed the game off my list, even if I had to be incredibly cheap in order to do so.

To move into some things you guys might actually find a bit more interesting I played Whomp Em. This is one I've been eager to play for a while. Its got a lot of similarities to the Mega Man series. Solid and fluid controls, freedom to choose level order and new power ups with each boss fight. Definitely not the same calibur as the Blue Bomber, but a decent game. The final boss turned out to be pretty brutal though and took a few tries though. Worth picking up and checking out if you can find it for $5.

The last game beaten for this update is Dragon Fighter. I got this close to the end of the year last year and that was very exciting as both a collector (one of the last "expensive" titles I needed) and as a gamer (heard from a couple guys that it was a good game). Unable to wait any longer I decided to give it a go. My first attempt was met with very early failure and frustration. This seemed brutally hard. Better read the manual...................................................AHA!!!!!!!!!!!! I didn't realize you could turn into a dragon and fly past and breath lasers out at everyone. Now we're talking!! With that in mind it went much smoother. Still took a couple tries, but each attempt was showing a lot of progress at least. The levels are very simple and straight forward, enemies are what keep it interesting with several different types on each stage the behave different than ones on the last stages you've played. The bosses are all very unique and interesting. And the music was pretty great almost straight through. Pretty short game in the end, but a decent one. Not worth the price to buy just to play, but still fun.

Also put several hours into Family Feud during the last couple days. Its actually pretty tough to get a win on it. I'm starting to notice some categories repeating now though so its just a matter of playing enough in order to remember the best answers.

2013 NES List

Day 4 and 9 games have been beaten. Ahead of schedule so far, but not as much as I'd like to be.

Sesame Street Countdown
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Tournament Fighters
Shooting Range
Space Shuttle Project
Double Dare
Win, Lose or Draw
Whomp Em
Dragon Fighter

Future Plans - Keep plugging away at Family Feud. Maybe try Bugs Bunny's Crazy Castle and Gun Nac as a break from it if needed.

PS - Thanks to Duke for pointing out that TMNT TF needed to be beaten on Hard Mode to get the credit roll. I went back and fixed that one now.

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