Software Toolworks' new NES puzzle game is chicken -- Alfred Chicken, that is. The plot doesn't beat around the bush. Floella, Billy, and Billy's brothers have been "eggnapped" by the Meka-Chickens for evil laboratory experiments. Alfred is their fine-feathered hope. Who is Floella? Who's Billy? Who cares? Let's just play the game!
No Yoking Around
Alfred Chicken is a classic platform puzzler that challenges players with expansive mazes. It's filled with treacherous jumps, elaborate traps and obstacles, secret rooms, and bird-beating enemies. The object of the game is to move Alfred through the playfields, to peck and release a certain number of Balloons, and to beat the clock.
Finding a safe route to the Balloons ruffles your feathers, but it's even more challenging with the Meka-Chickens' cranky creatures hungry for Chicken Alfredo.
Luckily, Alfred can use his pointy bionic beak to spear most enemies in a dive-bomb attack, but some foes are impervious to his offense. When you confront the occasional Meka-Chicken boss, you get a good dose of control- pad aerobics as you struggle to find its weaknesses.
- This intersection In Stage 4 can be difficult to traverse. It's not imperative to hit the up-down platform; just drop down.
- If you have to make a drop, hold down A to slow your fall, so you can scope out enemies and hazards.
For an NES game, Alfred Chicken's graphics sparkle. Most of the characters have a cartoony look -- simply drawn, but with googly eyes and other funny features.
The game's audio is equally enjoyable. The bouncy, loopy audio sounds as goofy as the characters look. Crys- taklear effects fill out the aural experience.
Most puzzle games require unusual control-pad manipulations, beyond the standard jumping and character movement. In Alfred Chicken you must learn to time dive bombs and peck at blocks to make things happen. Thankfully, the crisp controls aren't too intricate, and it doesn't take long to master the action.
Just Winging It
There aren't many NES games being released these days, so eight-bit fans ought to flock to Alfred Chicken. This is no throwaway game. You'll be cooped up with Alfred for a while.
- After getting the last Balloon on Stage 1, grab all the Presents to score an extra life.
- When you hit a set of snails in Stage 2 that are one row above another, work up the right until you're at the top. Then dive-bomb the snails from the top down, which will save you from bouncing up into a snail and losing a life.
- Bombs have different explosion patterns, so watch out for the fragments when a bomb blows.
- When you're battling the first Meka-Chicken, stay near the top of the screen. From there, it's easier to avoid him when he speeds up.
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- Manufacturer: Mindscape
- Machine: SNES
Unlike that famous old Southern gentleman, Mindscape didn't do chicken right. Poor graphics and a one-hit-and-you're-dead mistake factor make this a takeout order that you should probably just forget.
- Manufacturer: Mindscape
- # of players: 1
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Available: 1994
- Theme: Puzle
Alfred's eggs have been stolen by Meka Chicken. You play as Alfred, the courageous klucker and you need to go find Meka Chicken - a blob with a vacuum cleaner head. The Meka Chicken has different forms and comes after you every couple of levels. Once you find him, you need to destroy him and get your eggs back. This game is full of fun and interesting things to do. The levels are pretty cool looking and the enemies are weird. Destroy enemies by performing a dive-bomb attack which, if done long enough, turns you into a rocket. Then you can plummet through things.
- Theme: Action
- No. of Levels: 21
- Release: 1994
Alfred Chicken is the typical NES game. It has OK sound and graphics but neither are spectacular. The way the backgrounds are laid out, it's hard to tell where you can step and what's a pit. This got annoying. On the positive side, I liked the large levels. For the younger player (the one who still plays the NES) this is an OK cart. With so few new NES carts, you'd better get this one quick!
Alfred Chicken was OK on the Super NES, but the noticeable lack of quality graphics and sounds really hurt the score. The levels are still huge and have lots of places to find and explore, some hidden while some are right in front of you. The control is also pretty good as far as Action games are concerned, but Alfred Chicken can and will grow old once you've explored every hidden area.
I just got into video games when 16-Bit systems were introduced. So it's very hard for me to be impressed with an 8-Bit game. Alfred Chicken has some OK graphics I guess with lots of places to go and explore. I also like the decent play control, something I tend to place much emphasis on. I can't say I'm crazy about the sound which I found to be a bit annoying. If you're happy with your 8-Bit, this is pretty good.
The 8-Bit is just about as dead as the GameBoy should be. There are some good games out there, but they are the exception rather than the rule. Alfred Chicken isn't a bad game, but on this platform it doesn't stand out from the rest. The graphics and sounds are decent for its system though. If you have to have a new NES cart, this one does have decent control and lots to explore but it's not my type.