Excerpt: I remember back during the Nintendo 64, and some journalists suggesting that 2D games were dead. Well all these years later, and 2D games like Rocket Knight are not only released, but they thrive. Konami has revived this franchise, and I for one am happy to see it. Sparkster is from an era where everyone was trying to do a fun twist on some animal, and make them a mascot. Sega broke through with a hedgehog, so why not try an opossum? That is exactly what Konami did.
Summary: " Rocket Knight " is a decent little game. It looks and plays great, but it’s pretty pricey and really very short. It’s a great game that I’d recommend you play, but at the same time I’d probably wait until the game goes on sale for it to be a truly worthwhile purchase- at 800 points or less, you’d be silly not to pick up this charismatic platformer.
Excerpt: Where is the anthropomorphised hero these days? Skinned and draped round the latest generic space marine no doubt; the muscle head grunting and flexing, cursing at girls while blowing large chunks out of muddy environments with equally brown enemies. Don’t get me wrong, I love shooting things but the current palette trend is a trifle stale.
Conclusion: This game is a blast while it lasts. If you are like me and have been dying for a new Rocket Knight game, you will be very satisfied. If you enjoy games like NSMBW and Sonic 4, you will really enjoy Rocket Knight. The major thing against rocket knight is the cost. For what your paying (15 bucks) this game is pretty short and the casual player might feel like they paid a bit too much for it.
Excerpt: During the early ’90s, gamers of the 16-bit era were subject to an onslaught of anthropomorphic mascots in which game companies wanted to cash in on Sonic the Hedgehog’s success. This era was the one where all the animal mascots had that ‘tude quality, where they did their best to fit in with the Genesis […]
Conclusion: This is a remarkable example of a series reboot, which remains faithful to the source material while making changes that increased its enjoyment tenfold. I recommend this game to anyone who has ever enjoyed a platformer in their life.
Summary: Jetpacks and opossums probably wouldn't mix too well in the real world, but the offbeat combo is a match made in heaven in Rocket Knight. Climax Studios has done an outstanding job with this sequel to Rocket Knight Adventures, a Sega Genesis platformer that developed a cult following during the goofy animals craze in the early '90s--that bygone era when everybody was ripping off Sonic the Hedgehog.
Pros: Challenging level design with lots of intricate jumping puzzles, Wide range of attacks and enemies keeps you on your toes, Distinctive, cartoony graphics
Cons: Falls short of justifying its 1,200-point purchase price, Difficulty bounces around in spots