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Review: Adventure Island

By: grey walrus Feb 12, 2011 | 8 Comments

I got to thinking about that story that somebody posted a while back asking what our first gaming addiction was. I answered Spyro the dragon, but quickly realized I was wrong.

This was my first gaming addiction, and I decided to review it even though probably none of you guys have every played it or ever will. 


Let's start with the box-art.


Just look at this. How awesome does this game look? When I was a kid I would look at the cartridge see this, and have no hesitation in popping that sucker in. And as is the case in a lot of NES games the only story you're going to get from this game is either from the box-art or from the instruction manual. You play as this little guy with a tomahawk on a quest to save your beloved from...some crazy dinosaur thing. 


Music/Sound effects: Back in the days of the NES we didn't quite have the fully orchestrated music that we have in games today, but we had some 8-bit goodness. This game is no exception. I love all of the music in this game. (What I heard of it at least) The title screen and the first stage being the most memorable for me. 



Gameplay: Adventure Island is a pretty typical platformer. You just keep running to the right dodging/defeating enemies and obstacles until you can't possbly run anymore. Instead of a health bar you have a hunger bar. You gradually get hungrier and hungrier as you continue through the level or trip over rocks. To prevent starving to death you collect various pieces of fruits such as apples, bananas, and melons. Much like the origianal mario bros, the gameplay is extremely addicting. 



Graphics: Being a game from the NES the graphics in Adventure Island are nothing to write back home about now, but back in the day I thought they looked pretty good. Better than Mario Bros. With a game this outdated in such a department I don't really have much to say. Some people don't like sprites at all some people can't stand anything even slightly out-dated. In my opinon the graphics are still good for the game that they represent. 


Difficulty: Unfortunately the screen depicted above is one that I never got to see. This game is ball bustingly hard. I only ever managed to beat the first or second boss. I'm not even too sure how many there are. I challenge everyone here to get to the end of this game. That being said though this game has tons of replayability. I still come back to it from time to time to see how much I've improved. If you've never played it and happen upon a copy of it. Check it out. 

Final Verdict:  BUY IT! This is one of my favorite NES games of all time, and never leaves me dissapointed. even if I've never beaten it. 

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Video Games?

By: iguapo Mar 24, 2010 | 8 Comments

Video Games...Why do you play?

Video games?...Or shall I pronounce it veedeeyo games, as my russian girlfriend  says in her cute accent that seems to not be so cute when she's yelling at me to stop playing my games. You see, Many people think that video games involves sitting mindless in front of a tv/computer screen like a zombie mashing a bunch of buttons wasting our day away. But, to me and many of my friends, and millions of people around the world, its not just entertainment its a WAY OF LIFE.

You guys remember Coleco Vision,? How about the amazing Atari system that launched with a library of 6 games and cost $199!! The one that I fell in love with was the very first Nintendo system. Oh how I can remember the day when my father bought me mario bros, and later on Zelda, to what would turn out to be a lifelong love and appreciation for gaming. Then super nintendo, Genesis, ha ha even the horrible Sega Cd. Then N64, Gamecube and Sony and Microsoft's breakthrough Playstation 1, then 2. Of course XBOX!  Now we arrive to today's "Next Generation Gaming" Where were you the day that the XBOX 360 droppped? I myself spent the night at my local target that had only exactly 10 360's, and when I arrived I was exactly number 10. Some girl at the front of the line said that she was holding an extra spot for her boyfriend...Hell no bitch I told her that if he's not here right now then too bad! I then proceeded to set up my camp and guard my spot like a madman daring anyone to take my spot, because I would not be denied. I did get my 360, and loved it. Today I now have an ELITE 360 and a PS3. Sadly my Wii was stolen! In seeing how much video games have evolved so quickly, and with things like PROJECT NATAL in the future, its exciting to see what the future holds.

Why do you play? To compete? Cause you're bored? For the challange? Today's gaming is not only a way to unveil many thoughtful storylines, as well as beautiful graphics and cinematics. But, gaming has become a way to bring people together with the amazing online community created. It has brought people together that normally would never have had anything else in the world  in common with each other, except their love of gaming. I met Jimmy[GoukiJones] at work and became friends with him through talking about gaming. I had the amazing honor to meet Kyle Desmond, AKA Kdigga...He was my first XBOX LIVE friend, and one of the greatest and most couragous people I have ever met. In any other circumstances we would have never met. But, because of gaming I had the opportunity to share many laughs, play as a team, talk sports, and most him my friend. You see guys? No matter what it's an even playing field, everyone who can play is equal, Kdigga wasn't a man in a wheelchair to me, He was a great friend that was the same as me and you...RIP bro, I miss you.

I have bad knees so sports are something that I can't do right now unfortunately, I get my competitive fix through gaming. Along the way I have met many great friends that share the same passion as me. Its not a mindless past time! And that's why I play...Why do you?


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