8 EYES

 

 

PRICE = $10.00

PLAYERS = 1
Taxan brings us 8 eyes!
CONTROL MAN AND BIRD IN A FIGHT FOR THE EIGHT JEWELS OF POWER!
‘After hundreds of years of chaos, mankind has finally emerged from the ruins of nuclear war. This world of the distant future has once again fluorished (this mis-spell is on the box) under the guidance of the Great King, who harnessed the power of the 8 Eyes to rebuild the planet.
These strange jewels of power were formed at the eyes, or centers, of the eight nuclear explosions which nearly destroyed the Earth. In the wrong hands, the 8 Eyes could cause untold destruction… And now, they have been seized by the Great King’s eight dukes, in a desperate bid to gain control of the world for themselves. They have banished the King to the nuclear wastelands, and already their squabbling threatens to plunge the world into war once again!
The task of retrieving the 8 Eyes falls to you, Orin the Falconer, the bravest and mightiest of the King’s Guardsmen. With your fighting falcon, Cutrus, you must penetrate each of the Dukes’ castles. There you will face the Dukes’ soldiers, and battle strange nuclear mutants such as living skeletons, giant wasps, and mud men. You must defeat the monstrous boss of each castle to retrieve the Jewel of Power he guards.
Then, to complete your quest, return the 8 Eyes to the Alter of Peace to await the return of the Great King, so that he may finish the rebuilding of Earth. Your reward will be the eternal gratitude of all Mankind!!! “
HOW DOES THE GAME LIVE UP TO IT’S EXPLANATION/BOX ART? (10/10)
The cover of this game screams, “I AM AMAZING!!!” , and after taking a look at the game photos on the back, it looks a lot like Castlevania II. Which definitely isn’t a bad thing. After you’ve read or skimmed the ridiculously long story line of the back of the box. This game sounds pretty promising. Nuclear holocaust monsters! Sounds pretty awesome.
I’m taking this one home for sure.
HOW IS THE GAME PLAY? (8/10)
 
Well to start up the game, it has a sort of Mega Man style selection screen. I get to choose the level I want to go to. I always enjoy testing out the levels before I just get surprised by the next one. So that is pretty awesome. I’m gonna start with the one it suggests and see what this game is about.
The first stage boots up and it looks just like a Castlevania hack. Is this a bad thing? NO WAY! I LOVE CASTLEVANIA!! but after about 5 minutes of play, going up the stairs in this title is exactly like castlevania and almost nothing like it at all. Enemies constantly at the top end of the steps that your head peaks and…. WHOP.. taking hits. But, That isn’t as annoying as why this door wont’ open.. Wait a minute… this bird goes out and attacks? AWESOME! That explains my double health bar at the top of the screen!!
So, after that brief opening description. This title like almost everything has it’s pitfall bullcrap you have to deal with, and the slight perfect timing adjustments that are always annoying.. But, plays pretty well.
Huge bummer area.. Enemies can take A LOT of hits, before they die. Nothing Fester’s Quest like.. but geez.
 
HOW DOES THE GAME LIVE UP TO IT’S GENRE? (9/10)
 
As far as good platformers go. There aren’t a lot of them, but there sure are a lot of them.. If you know what I mean. There aren’t a ton of CastleVania style games on the NES, other than hack versions done by fans. Which there are a ton!! But this game was a real release. And if you paid a lot of attention/ played a lot of CastleVania Symphony of the night. Orin and Cutrus are an actual enemy! What? Was this Konami saying.. “hahaha our game is and always will be better!” ? I think so, there aren’t any 8 Eyes sequels that I’m aware of. But, I did once get tricked into thinking there was, but it was actually an ANIME based of a series that was translated wrong. Oh well.
This game is extremely difficult, but as a platformer in this style goes. There aren’t many of them, and this one does a pretty good job of adding an extra element with Cutrus.
 
 
THE ‘GAME OVER’ ALL? (90%)
 
This wasn’t a game that I frequented as a child, nor would I now, with Castlevania already giving me the best of the best. But, if you want something a little different and still in this neighborhood, 8 Eyes is definitely worth biting your nails and cursing over. Believe me, There are a lot of attempts at coming this close to a Castlevania title, but 8 Eyes does a pretty close 2nd for NES titles.
Check it out if you are a big CV fan. If not, check it out anyways. Test your skills you say you have. This one will get you thinking twice about your abilities.
 
arbitrary credit for gore and nudity = 0
-Felix “the Brett” Prescott

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