On a quest to uncover the classics, I have dived into another NES-tastic game.
Capcom presents us with a great video game version of the hit show, Chip ‘N Dale’s Rescue Rangers. Choose your hero, be it Chip or Dale, and throw boxes, apples, and other random items at enemies as you battle your way towards the main villain, Fat Cat. This game is a fairly short, side-scrolling masterpiece in which, alone or with a second player (Chip ‘N Dale did co-op before co-op was cool), the gamer will conqueror casino-owning Fat Cat while having more fun than a barrel of chipmunks (the monkeys were on vacation in Peru). The single player gives you a rewarding challenge without being overly-difficult. The levels are expansive with multiple platforms on any given screen so that progress and game-play can be changed, though ever so slightly, for an interesting gaming experience. The villains, all of whom are solely defeated by a mysterious red ball conveniently placed in the midst of the boss stage, are unique and present a new and different challenge with each level; however it is surprising that not all of the levels have bosses to defeat.
Now, onto the aforementioned co-op experience. The game shines on its own without the co-op ability, but to have the most fun, grab a friend, and get ready for a wild, robot-dog-beat-down-time. This game brought many hours of great entertainment to both my best friend and I while we were growing up. We would team up to take out the evil lizards and flying squirrels that were sent to destroy us and crush them, as one might crush a peanut shell at the ballpark. The enemies did not stand a chance against our might. Until, that is, we decided to turn on each other.
In this wonderful game, you have the ability to not only pick up objects to use as projectiles against enemies, but also use those very same objects against your compadre. Although you do not take damage from these not-so-friendly-fire weapons of small destruction, you are stunned for a few moments, leaving you vulnerable to any enemy on the screen carrying a small grudge. Also, you can pick up your friend and throw them wherever you want, including, off the screen to their demise. Good times.
This game is extremely well done, and loads of fun. It takes only about 30 minutes to complete, provided you have played it a few hundred times and know what’s coming at you, and has always brought a smile to my face. I recommend it to everyone looking to get an NES (that statement is literal, every time someone says, “I’m going to get an NES,” I recommend this game) to re-live the good old times of gaming from ages past, and anyone who disagrees with my assessment is just letting the terrorists win.
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