The mission is simple: Galactus sends the Surfer out to get pieces for a machine that he needs to stop some force from destroying all life in the universe. Blah blah blah. Galactus is too lazy to do it himself I guess. So off you go to pick one of five levels, some of which are overhead shooters, like Galaga. and others are side-scrolling. Each level has three sections, and a mini-boss. After you've collected 5 pieces of this device you need, you go to another level and fight some more, but don't worry, you won't be making it that far. Why? Because this is one of the hardest games for the NES. I'm not kidding. I looked it up online, and everyone agrees.
In Silver Surfer, the controls are pretty simple. You can move him around the screen with the D-Pad. One of your buttons shoots, while the other does nothing, unless you have a power-up, then you can move which direction that power-up fires. The select button kills everything on the screen. I kept hitting it in hopes that Silver Surfer would die as well. As always, the Start button pauses the game. With all these great tools, you'd think this would be a cake walk... You'd be wrong. Why was this game so hard though?
== TEASER ==
The goal of this game is to lose, so it will haunt your dreams and give you nightmares. Why is it so hard? Here's the rundown....
- If Silver Surfer gets hit at all, he dies.
- If Silver Surfer hits an obstacle on the map, he dies.
- Some obstacles are ok to travel over, some are not, but there's no real way to figure it out, unless you just go for it.
- Most enemies die after multiple shots.
- A vast majority of the time, multiple enemies are shooting at you from different angles.
- While fighting mini-bosses, multiple enemies will charge you.
- Some mini-bosses' movement is erratic and unpredictable.
- Each time you die, you're sent to the last checkpoint or the beginning of the level.
You must be thinking, "how did you get anywhere in this game then?" The answer is incredibly simple: I cheated, and I cheated well. If you hit "up" on the d-pad of player one AND player two's controllers, a password box opens up. Input one of many codes that you have to find online, and you're good as gold. However, back in 1990, you probably called Nintendo Power's help line and paid to have someone tell you, and if you didn't have two controllers, you probably never got past the first section of any level. The terrible part about this was I tried... over and over and over again to be at least one section of this game, and I couldn't do it. The only way to beat ANY level was to cheat, and even after doing so, I was bored to tears. This game just wasn't exciting.
Sure, you've got Mephisto, some Skrulls, and other familiar characters from the Marvel Cosmic Universe in the game, but other than that, you'll be completely lost. For instance, why is Silver Surfer shooting ghosts? And why are they so darned hard to kill? Why are ghosts the only thing recognizable in this game? Why can't Galactus get off his lazy butt and do it himself?
This is the first time where I have nothing really positive to say about a game. Sure, it's really dated, but at least with many comic book games during the early 90s, I could pick out something cool or interesting. Well, Galactus is in the cut scenes, but I'm so mad at him right now because he couldn't get off his lazy butt to accomplish the mission himself. And since he sent Silver Surfer to do it, life ends, we all die, and Galactus stays hungry for eternity. (I'm assuming he lives through all of the destruction) Have you guys ever played this game? Did you break anything while trying to play it? Can I borrow someone's Game Genie?