Review: New Adventure Island
Posted 05 Mar 2007 at 20:31 by Jordan
PC Engine Review
NOTE: This is Virtual Console review. As such, there's none of the usual scoring at the end.Just text and a quick verdict.
The final game this week is quite a strange title from Hudson, originally released back on the NES and then remade for the TurboGrafx-16. The game is yet another platformer to be released on the Virtual Console, but this game never had the success that some of the other games of its type had. However, don't let that put you off. Despite its rather clunky controls New Adventure Island is a solid game and a great alternative if you're into the genre and want a change of style or pace.
This game also has a great cast of characters and even has an opening cinematic of sorts, the story is however quite simple and just like a Mario game, a girl (in this case Tina "Miss Island") is kidnapped by the wicked Baron Bronsky. Hardly original, but if the gameplay is there does it really matter? Thankfully this game really is quite good! You have an array of weapons at your disposal which include: boomerangs, fire and arrows to take down your enemies. The game also includes many different locations such as forests, caves and castles. As for graphics and sound this game really stands out however. Although the sprites and backdrops lack detail they have buckets of colour and style, the same goes for the music which is a mix of calypso, hip-hop and other styles of music.
The only problem is this game is so utterly generic. Against Super Mario World or Sonic the Hedgehog already on the Virtual Console why would you choose this? So would I recommend it? Well, yes and no. Yes, if you want something different to play in the platforming genre; but no if you haven't played Super Mario Brothers, Super Mario World, Mario 64 or Sonic the Hedgehog. That's all four of you.
N-Europe Final Verdict