If only he had more than one Hit Point per life...
|Everything trying to kill you, only|
one hit point... Wow. Just WOW.
This makes for one of the most challenging playthroughs of all time. And one of the best, too.
|Get ready, you won't see that helicopter again.|
In this game, there aren't much different objects, but there is quite a selection of weapons. If the item that came out looks like a trophy or an eagle, all the enemies on the screen will be defeated instantly. If the object that came out has a letter, then it has another effect.
|Machine gun! Awesome!|
M: Great, a machine gun! You can shot an endless stream of bullets and you'll be able to run while doing that! You will go through all the enemies heading towards you with that!
Bill exits the place and finds himself in the jungle. More enemies to defeat! Some of the soldiers come out from behind the background, others comes from the top of the trees. There's even a section that happens in a water area. After a while, Bill reaches more cement-y ground and... a big robotic spider with six cannons! But its weak point is below itself, so Bill can defeat it quickly. More walking in a rugger area... during an earthquake! And then Bill reaches another cement section, from which a large wall comes out. With four spinning turrets and an energy source n the middle. But it can be defeated by destroying the turrets and then shooting at the energy ball.
And now, he also has to climb up a mountain! ...Oh God, not that level... You keep going up and up, while cannons come out from the ground to attack you, and winged men fly up to shoot at you as well... And that's not counting the sniper soldiers also trying to get you. And of course, if you fall down the screen, it's a life lost instantly, no matter how high you were. It's really among the most frustrating levels in this game. It's the one that causes me to die every time.
|Ack! God, no! Not that god damned boss!|
It gets very hard to avoid the enemies, Bill almost gets swarmed... DAMN, I LOST! Great, now I have to restart the freaking level... And I have one less Continue.
Time to use the Konami Code. Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left Right, A, B, Start. Okay, I'm back at the first level... This time, however, with 30 lives I should be able to beat the game. Or, at least the fifth boss.
Level 7: Welcome to interplanetary Hell. This time, Bill is going down. As in, he must constantly descend. On his way, he meets coral-like monsters shooting bizarre bullets. And as he keeps going down, he reaches a zone where bubbles block his way, so he must destroy them. You heard right: Freaking Bubbles. But that's not all. As he keeps going, large frog-like creatures show up and release scorpion-like monsters at him. And there's a LOT of those! However, once that part is done, Bill meets the level's boss... An enormous construction that has a skull head, shoots bullets, spiky monsters and large power bubbles. My God. However, shooting at the head and shooting at the bubble's container when it opens guarantee victory. ...You know, this whole place's design reminds me of an esophagus...
|When the last boss is too easy to defeat after eight levels of Hell you've been through, it's kind of a downer. It's as if Dante met Satan at the end of the Divine Comedy and found out that the devil was a wuss.|
What can I say about this game? My complaints are very few. This game is a classic on the NES, a great example of the Nintendo Hard trope, and a lot of fun as long as you have enough talent with a controller. Plus, the plot (or what little of it is known in the game) will surprise you. From the beginning with ally soldiers attacking you, the world goes from military camps and training grounds to alien architecture and levels that get creepier as you pass through them.
However, for the huge challenge in this game, there's still a few minor problems. Most of the names and details of the story are told in the game's manual, so if you didn't have it, you won't understand all that is going on. The difficulty is inconsistent, not in the levels but in the bosses. The last one is ridiculously easy compared to the others from Levels 5, 6 and 7. Also, at some points you can just waste all your lives in a zone where you can't avoid getting hit. Plus, it takes truly a master of gaming to beat the game without the Konami Code. I'd say it's too hard for today's generation, but that doesn't mean they can't play it. It's really fun. And if you think you're talented enough, try it. It's only 500 Wii Points, five bucks, you should have fun with it. Trust me, this is one alien annihilation game you'll want to complete.