Thursday, 3 November 2011
Kyatto Ninden Teyandee (NES)
But it's been so long since I've seen Samurai Pizza Cats that I've forgotten pretty much everything about it. I know it's got cyborg cats, they work in a pizza shop, and at least one of them has a sword, but aside from that, I haven't got a clue what it was about.
Whatever, obviously a giant bird is stomping houses and samurai cats are the only thing that can stop it.
First problem: how do I get through this rock? I suspect the answer has something to do with that pink pickup over there.
Screw it, I've got other places to be.
Well okay he can't duck, and that's annoying. But I'll find a way to live with it.
I think I'm going to have to climb back up the ladder and find a different approach.
You can tell how long I've been trying this jump by looking at my score. It was 2200 the first time I was here. But there's no way I'm going to give up on the game halfway through level one.
It turns out that unlike the character select screen at the start, this one has FIVE characters to choose from. I'd tried moving the cursor up to the top left earlier and nothing happened, so I assumed the entire top row was a sentence. But no, there's two other characters up there.
Damn, look at my score now. Whatever, the long ordeal is finally over.
It reminds me a little of the Valis games so far somehow, maybe because I'm an anime hero jumping around the city with a sword and fighting a boss at the end of the level. I'm sure there's something more obviously similar I'm forgetting though. (Edit: Just like I forgot to originally include this line).
I suppose I've got to keep playing until I find out.
I'll figure this story out yet.
LATER, AT THE END OF THE LEVEL.
In fact the game in general has been pretty easy up to this point, and I doubt it's because I've finally gotten better at platformers.
LATER, AT THE END LEVEL BOSS.
It seems I'm fighting a boss at the end of every level then I guess.
Another boss defeated!
Okay I said earlier this game is a little like the Valis games. Well I was way wrong. Because I'm actually making steady progress in this. In fact I'm not sure I've even lost a single life yet. And you know, I'm totally fine with that! I don't need every game to kick my ass. But I can imagine a lot of people would maybe find it too easy.
Well I can confirm the game does have more than four levels, I reached a second level select screen, but I think I'm done with the game for now. Though I'd totally play this again, it's a solid little platformer with charm, indecipherable cutscenes, and catchy music. Even if it doesn't have the English version theme tune in it.
It's not crap, so it gets a star: