This weekend went quite alright. I played lots of games on RA, mainly platformers. Baby needs his daily dose of platforming, can’t handle shoot ’em ups or plain breakout clones! Listen! I always clean the easy stuff first and leave the best for the last! Now in maybe a decade, I might decide to finally get down to business and do the difficult entries. It really depends on how much longer am I going to keep believing that there are actual difficult video games…
The Adventures of Star Saver [Game Boy]
Jumping straight into this game, I had the weird feeling that it would turn out to be pretty tough in terms of difficulty and full of jerk settings. Turns out this game is a pretty alright platformer and not all that hard to beat… which I did on my first try! Everything feels a bit chaotic on the first level, but once you realize that enemies aren’t all that mobile and much of a threat to you, progressing further into the game feels like mowing a lawn. You just go with the flow and at some point you wonder why some platforms are flashing or why do things change when you jump and shoot around randomly. The game is not very clear on the way it handles simple puzzles, but everyone with half a brain can figure those out no problem. The bosses are pretty simple in terms of patterns, though the issues might be more in learning the hit box of the harmful projectiles that they throw at you. I really like the overall design of the levels, enemies and bosses. It’s pretty messy, but it’s the type of mess that you are comfortable with. The levels give the vibe of a post apocalyptic theme, though I am not sure how much is this true to the actual plot of the game. I like to believe that you are trying to save your sibling and escape the wrath of the aliens who managed to obliterate humanity as a whole. It’s a sad tale, a strong fuel for my dreams and passion. Very nice! I like it!
I hate the grappling hook that you shoot god knows how! That thing managed to get me into some pretty silly and nerve wrecking situations… IT ALWAYS POP OUT WHEN YOU LEAST NEED IT!
Alfred Chicken [Game Boy]
As a person who only played the NES version of Alfred Chicken, going through the original Game Boy title was such a treat! This is a pretty great platformer! The pace switches from taking your time to going fast and swiftly. Alfred has a decent amount of moves to his disposal and the game makes sure to put you through a lot of situations where you have to make the best out of your abilities. Doing those tight, one tile jumps over spikes in small corridors can be really frustrating, but once you learn the timing… it still doesn’t feel all that great… This is probably the only tough thing about this game when it comes to difficulty. I personally like the part where you have to make that jump over dozen of spikes, after which you get to one of the rooms containing one of the important collectable holy Jesus watering cans. Oh, but to find the secret in that room, you have to reset it once, but it turns out the room hasn’t been reset, it’s just a brand new room that looks identical and what the hell man!
Collecting all the watering cans is what separates men from the chickens! Those are hidden quite well and I had to take my time to explore every single level tile by tile. Here’s where the superior Japanese version kicks in! SGB enhanced AND with the addition of a level select! Also, the ending is much better, with a character credits and additional art put in. You can take your time to try and find all the hidden doors, jumping pads and fake walls/ spikes! Even if you miss a watering can, you won’t have to restart the whole game to try again! Just go back and replay the level, isn’t that much more generous and well thought off?
RA does not support the Japanese version for some reason, so I had to do the western version. It’s not a big deal, since I played the Japanese one first and managed to learn the game so… hey! I didn’t know you could get to over 40 lives when you don’t die looking for secret stuff!
Alfred’s Adventure [Game Boy Color]
After I was done with “Alfred Chicken” for the Game Boy, I decided to go back to this game. Back? Yes, I tried to beat this game during the event for the 500th entries, but had no success and I dropped it. Now, having still retained a momentum and mindset from clearing the original game, I hopped on this remake right away and… Everything went so much more different than the time when I just blindly tried to beat it.
For one thing, there are a lot of changes in the level design and the overall gameplay as a whole. You no longer get jam, so no projectile attacks for you! Does this make this game harder? Not at all. If anything, this remake kind of makes a lot of things way more easier than they were in the original game. Those tough tight spike jumps? No longer an issue! The watering cans locations have also been altered a bit. You no longer have to bother looking for hidden doors or fake spikes! There is also a level select too! I feel like they wanted the remake to fix on some issues from the original game but… They overdid it a bit… There are no boss fights like in the original. With how the ending is set, it feels like Alfred was just dreaming of his glory’s past, but as we know, dreams are still dreams, no matter how realistic they might seem.
Sleep tight, Alfred…
How did they managed to make the puzzle with the ladybug much more difficult however is beyond my understanding… I’m either bad at controlling Alfred or I kept missing on a hidden jump pad. Do you really have to do the whole jump over spikes using the ladybug in one go? Hmm…
Donkey Kong Land [Game Boy]
Yeah, I spent over five hours fooling around in stages looking for the secret bonus rooms? What about it?… It’s was my first time… I had no idea what I was doing… Those barrels tend to blend in with the background so easily…
I hope the timer didn’t account for the few breaks that I took. Does pausing stop the timer? I don’t know and I don’t care. This game was pretty fun! It’s much easier than the original “Donkey Kong Country”, but I still enjoyed it nevertheless! The city world was pretty great in terms of stages and overall vibe. The bosses in this game are pretty cute! Each one has a different gimmick to it, but the patterns are still quite simple.
I still couldn’t understand how the momentum works with running and rolling of a ledge… Sometimes you roll off while going with the running speed, sometimes you slow down for some reason… How weird…
This game still retains the fast and fluid pace from the original game, but without the goofy dying enemy sounds, I’m having a mixed feelings…
Yeah, no! I have to put this one down! Awful, awful game! Won’t recommend it even to my penguin!
“VIDEO GAMES WARNING!” is my favorite amine!
Oh, yeah! I forgot to talk about the achievements… “The Adventures of Star Saver” needs to cover the secret bonus areas and warps. “Alfred’s Adventure” needs to cover the watering cans collectables. Everything else is fine!