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Nov 8, 2013 | 7:09 AM EST
  • Daily Feature November 9, 2013

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Stage 1 50 Points Complete Stage 1
Stage 2 50 Points Complete stage 2
Stage 3 50 Points Complete Stage 3
Stage 4 50 Points Complete Stage 4
FIN 100 Points Complete the game!
Stage 5 100 Points Complete Stage 5
Stage X 100 Points Complete Stage X

Author Comments

My latest homage to that ol' grey tub of nerdjoy. This is basically just a little tribute to all those hard as nails action platformers we all know from the NES era. Finished the game in about a week, however I held off uploading to Newgrounds because of the Halloweeny stuff. In that time I actually made an extra hardcore level. Mhaha.

It's hard, it's unforgiving, it's 8-bit. Get used to it. I've even put up a little disclaimer just in case you can't handle it. If this is the case, go play the latest COD game or something.

Blast through six levels, (30+ "blocks/areas") collect retro power ups, unlock medals and upload your high scores to Newgrounds!

The controls can be changed in the OPTIONS menu. Default they be:

L/R Arrows: Move
A: Fire
S: Jump
+/- Keys: Change Volume
Enter: Start/Pause

Hope you enjoy it, it was a blast to make :P.

Reviews


HandsomeTylerHandsomeTyler

Rated 5 / 5 stars 2 weeks ago

"LOTS" of people better eventually find this review helpful.

!!! Ignore anything without a [-+> -+> ], if you think i'm being pedantic or hate old people !!!

-+> -+> TIPS/SPOILERS (though there is no real story like many of the old games)

Since no one has achieved Stage 4 in over 7 months I won't feel bad about posting this:
-+> -+> Stage 1 - Streets: xxxx
-+> -+> Stage 2 - Train: 3420
-+> -+> Stage 3 - Sewers: 5792
-+> -+> Stage 4 - Factory: 9203
-+> -+> Stage 5 - Lair: 3155
-+> -+> Stage 6 - Spacestation: 9692

-+> -+> BUG/FEATURE: Damage collisions that knock you back into a wall or, rarely, into the vertical middle of a platform will treat your final resting spot as an acceptable standing place. While this doesn't seem terribly exploitable in a run-n-gun, it becomes extremely useful on the final bosses AFTER STAGE 6 (holy hell...). Make sure you duck if you wish to remain in that position.

After playing this, I now realize the old NES games required almost a completely different skillset. Observation, pattern observation, timing, physics/detail scrutinization, observation x2, mental endurance/focus and constant self-reminders that "that challenge" isn't impossible (you're just missing something important, dummy).

(...and after finishing Cathode Raybits: "EXPLORE EVERYWHERE!!1!one!" Most of those old games took scavenger hunting to pathological levels. Duck Tales? Who the hell hides Ice Cream Cones and DIAMONDS in rocks. "LEAVE NO RANDOM OBJECT OR PIECE OF SCENERY UNSMASHED!")

And like most of the old games, once those things you're missing are found or realized, the game just becomes mainly a test of memory or focus (aka artificial difficulty or Nintendo Hard).

(Dissection of a difficult Jump) Jumping in B4A's conveyor crate Hi-jump, for example, becomes simple once learned/practiced and you'll succeed 4 out of 5 times.

-+> -+> Start as far back on the conveyor belt as possible (or as far back while still allowing you to successfully jump on top of the next crate) from where the crate drops so your jump angle, relative to the box, is lower. This gives you a little more time (nano seconds ARE a quantity of time, mother-fuckers) to place your feet on the box and quickly tap jump again. Start your jump when you see the next crate start falling. When placing your landing, don't aim for the far edge of the box but rather the center as you, hopefully, realize that your character doesn't remain stationary with the crate but rather the rest of the level and will immediately fall off, screwing with your jump. Once successfully on stationary ground again, immediately jump a third time because you are now standing on a mine that will blow your ass off and possibly knock you into the endless pit you just traversed.

I had more, but even I think that what i've written, so far, is too much...
The amount of detail that went into making this is subtle but is incredible and hopefully any newbies that read this might better understand the depth of thought that went into the design of the old games (because they were so limited in what they could do) and recognize some of that in your game.


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RyThomRyThom

Rated 5 / 5 stars 2 weeks ago

This game is AWESOME! It not only feels exactly like an NES game, it's a great game in its own right! Challenging, cool diverse weapons, great music, and while it's hard, it's definitely not TOO hard. All that Contra and Bionic Commando paid off ;)

Also, requirement to press Down to pick up items is brilliant. There's nothing worse than accidentally losing your favorite gun because a powerup was in your way!



KadishaKadisha

Rated 5 / 5 stars June 23, 2014

If this went out in 1989, today it would be on the same pedestal as contra and zelda.... awesome game man



TypoderTypoder

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars June 10, 2014

And so we meet again, fake difficulty. There is a big difference between challenging and unfair. Good thing I can not call this game unfair, but its kind of difficulty is annoying, I mean those "BOOM ENEMIES OH AND WHY DON'T YOU ACCIDENTALLY PICK UP THIS GUN YOU HAVEN'T SEEN BEFORE!" scripts.
Now, for me, there isn't much of a nostalgia factor, mostly because I didn't expirience that era.
Also, the jumping controls are at most mediocre. I guess nintendo difficulty fits it.
If I'd like this kind of retro style I'd sure like the game.
Fun fact: it's indeed longer than a CoD.



MortimusMortimus

Rated 4 / 5 stars May 22, 2014

Game is great, 8bit rules BUT...sometimes i just explode. With no enemies around ,with full healt i go BOOM. Don't know why. Any ideas?


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SinclairStrange responds:

You ran out of time. :)