Adventure Island NES Review - Master Higgins Attacks!

by Ebo on Wednesday, October 2, 2002
Master Higgins's first adventure, Adventure Island, is worth owning. It's not the greatest game in the world, but it is definitely an enjoyable sidescrolling, Mario-style quest. 4 stages comprise each level, and the last stage always ends with a pathetically easy and repetitive boss fight. Higgins tends to slide off of ledges quite easily (think the opposite of Simon Belmont in Castlevania), but the control when riding the skateboard is quite good. I particularly enjoy the music in this game, especially when you are invincible. The graphics aren't revolutionary, but you can certainly tell what is going on.
My biggest problem with this game is the difficulty level. Three lives is simply not enough, and although you get continues from the start of each level, by the end of the day you may throw up your hands and scream "My God, what have I done?!?" As a video game veteran, I'm big enough to admit that while I have come extremely close, I have never beaten this game. I'll deal, though.
On a 1-10 scale, with 5 as average:
Play control:7
Pick it up if you can!

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