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Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II

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Reviewer: Oscil Date: Nov 6, 2001
This game is a direct continuation of the original starring the classic Nintendo character, Mike Jones.

Graphics: 9
Because of its release late in the life of the NES, you'll be hard pressed to find many games with better graphics. Overall they have great variety and are crisp and detailed, and there is little flashing or slowdown.

Sound: 10
Greatly improved over the original in this aspect. Startropics II does not feature only one or two dungeon themes and one or two for the overworld. Rather it has a great selection and variety that always seem to fit. This game has some of the most pleasing sound for the NES.

Gameplay: 8
Like the original, this one takes Mike Jones through several chapters (9) of adventure. There are two modes of play: a map view, where you talk to people and solve puzzles but never fight, and the dungeon view, which takes place in battle areas, where you fight enemies and collect more powerful weapons, and battle bosses. For each chapter, there is always a main map, along with around 2 battle areas. The game is fairly lengthly for a NES game. It is also Challenging, though not as much as the original. The puzzles in the map view are not as difficult, and the battles are easier as well. The main reason for this though is that the play control is greatly improved, allowing Mike to jump at diagonals. The game is far more lenient on jumps and battles, and jumping around pits is actually more difficult however, because the control is not as ""strict"" as the first game. If you loved the control of the first game, it will take you a bit to get used to this, as it is actually quite different. But if you disliked the control of the original, you're in for a nice surprise.

Overall: 9
A very pleasing adventure game for the NES. Perhaps not quite as good as the first. Many people enjoyed the ""tropical"" feel of the first game, with the island exploring. That is virtually absent in this game, replaced by a time travel concept where you jump around through various periods in history. It's different, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Just different.

Oh, and the game is funny, too!