Monday, September 30, 2013

Bechtloff's Book of Genesis: Rocket Knight Adventures.

This has got to be one of the greatest games on the Genesis and easily the most underrated game on it. This game takes place in a medieval style world full of steam punk style technology and anthropromophic animal races and you play as Sparkster, an opossum knight with a rocket pack and a sword that shoots and energy blast and you fight evil pigs.

Sparkster is an interesting character and is wonderfully animated giving him a ton of personality in this game. The controls of your rocket can take some real getting used to, but once you do it's a lot of fun. My biggest complaint is when you shoot up in the air with your rocket as soon as it runs out you fall straight down with no ability to steer your decent. That is pretty annoying and runs counter to what I'm used to from most platformers. 

This game was colorful, fun, challenging, and had an awesome memorable protagonist. Seriously, it's a damn shame more wasn't done with Sparkster, there were a few sequels, but there should have been more. And hell, give this guy a cartoon while we're at it. Pac Man had a cartoon for Heaven's sake, surely this guy could get one. I haven't played any of the sequels, one was on the Genesis, one on the SNES, and another came out recently as a downloadable game on the Xbox I think. I'll probably check the first two out, but much as I'm interested in the recent one, I absolutely hate not having a hard copy. But getting back to this game, if you have an Genesis or an emulator you need to check this out, because this is easily one of the best games of the 16 bit era.

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