Rocket Knight Adventures

a game by Konami

Platform: Sega GenesisGenesis

Genres: Action, Platformer

Rocket Knight Adventures

The peaceful opossum people of Zebulos have a major pig problem. A nasty race of porkers is out to snatch a legendary, world-killing spacecraft and create a galactic pigsty. It's up to Sparkster, a champion among the valiant Rocket Knights, to fire up a pork barbecue. But shades of Star Wars, his powerful nemesis is Axle Gear, a fellow Rocket Knight who's succumbed to the Dark Side.

A 'Possum with a Purpose

Rocket Knight Adventures is an energetic action/adventure game that rockets you into a feudal outer space fantasy world. If you think the story line is all over the map, wait until you meet the fast-flying Sparkster (part Jedi Knight, part Rocketeer). The side-view, multi-scrolling hack-n-slash game blasts across seven stages.

You race over land, stroke under sea, and burn through the skies of Zebulos.

This single-player game is part sword fight, part aerial shoot-em-up. Depending on the stage, you either cut a swath through the bad guys on land, I or try to outgun them as you soar.

Chauvinist Pigs

Better loosen up your fingers, 'cause it's chop-till-you-drop time! The pugnacious Pigs put on a persistent 'possum- pounding parade. The foot soldiers and various mechanical drones keep you on your toes, but the wicked war machines and the giant robot mid-level bosses and end beasts can fry you with regularity.

ProTip: In Stage 1, the Water Dragon's head is his only vulnerable spot.

Just as deadly is the game's gauntlet of cunning traps and obstacles. You must outma- neuver such things as ebbing and flowing lava, wicked fire blasts, a deadly shower of antiaircraft shells, and more.

Rocket Knight dishes out a decent challenge within its three skill levels. "Hard" will give pros a good workout. Unfortunately, the ending is the same no matter what level you play.

At the beginning of Stage 4, stand underneath the second porthole and knock the air pirate's red bombs back at him.

Sparkster's fighting gear is simple but effective. Your sole weapon is a wicked Fire Sword, which lets loose one flame blast per button press. Also, your knightly armor sports a powerful Rocket Pack, which turns Sparkster into a marsupial missile.

The game's controls are primo. The Rocket Pack enables you to zip through the air faster than the eye can see by simply holding down a button and releasing it. With the Pack, you can even make Sparkster ricochet off structures like a billiard ball.

  • Beat Captain Fleagle's Robot Boss in Stage 4 by standing towards the far left of the screen and dodging the falling machinery. Then, move within range and blast him right after he fires each Energy Ball.
  • As you ride the Stage 3's Walker Platform through the lava, you may have to jump down temporarily to escape some owls.

In addition to his hardware, Sparkster's got a nifty prehensile tail (as all opossums do).

With it, you can literally hang with the bad boys and slide like a greased pig along railings and tree limbs.

An Audio/Visual Assault

By now it should be pretty clear to any gamer with eyeballs that Konami's got 16-bit graphics down. The graphic style is cartoony and Konami clean. Sparkster, his friends, and his foes are cute critters, but the Pig War Machines steal this picture show. They're big, imaginative, and fun.

In Stage 1, it's easier to bust the Pig Tank on the bridge if you jump behind it.

The game also treats you to some outstanding scenery. There are awesome areas, like rising and falling lava that forces you to jump by using a reflection off its surface. There's also a shimmering scene where you must jump back and forth through a waterfall.

RK's sounds are sweet. The effects are clean and cool, especially blasts and explosions. The music complements the action nicely.

A Knight in Shining Armor

Rocket Knight Adventures is good, solid fun. The graphics may not be mean enough to suit the dark fancy of some hack-n-slash fanatics, but Sparkster's jet-propelled speed will blow your doors off, and the action swings. If you have a taste for a fast fight (and fried pork, too), stick Rocket in your Pocket.

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Yes, it's Sparkster, and he is one awesome possum! Konami offers the Genesis another great game with this flyin' critter! Plenty of levels, technique and great graphics to keep even the most hardened game veteran entertained!

reggie posted a review

The Earthbound video game world is overrun with speedy rodentia, so Konami's preparing to trip out with an extraterrestrial marsupial. The star of Rocket Knight Adventures, is a radical, armor-clad opossum named Sparkster.

Good Knight, Sweet 'Possum

Rocket Knight Adventures is the first of what Konami hopes will be a series of side-view, multi-scrolling outer space hack 'n' slash adventures. In his debut, Sparkster will go on the warpath across seven levels against an army of porcine punks, who are led by Axle Gear the Black Knight. An empire of pigs has invaded Sparkster's homeland in a far-out world of swords, sorcery, and machines.

The pugnacious 'possum will barbecue the pigs with his mean power blade that emits a short-range burst of energy, but he has much more than that up his metal sleeves. Sparkster's space-age suit of armor sports a rocket pack that can propel him to supersonic speeds. You'll power up the rockets by holding down a controller button. Release the button and Sparkster zooms across the screen faster than the eye can see (literally)! He'll blast off into the sky or zip along the ground, depending on which way you aim him with the directional pad. At some locations, he'll even ricochet off the walls. The hairy hero will also use his prehensile tail to grab hold of tree limbs and other structures.

Konami's fine command of Genesis graphics is already evident in early versions of the game, which bodes well for the final product. So far, Sparkster sports killer looks (for a little fuzzy guy). The piggy adversaries cruise around in some of the weirdest, nastiest-looking military vehicles this side of a galactic pig sty. Moreover, it appears he'll face unusually large Porker attackers and huge Porker bosses.

Bring Home the Bacon

Sparkster's preparing to put a little spark into your video gaming life.

reggie posted a review

Here's a super scoop -- pictures of Sparkster, Konami's latest Genesis game hero. In his world, swords, magic, and machinery collide. Armed with a sword, a prehensile tail, and a rocket pack, Sparkster's gonna swing low at CES as he battles Axle Gear the Black Knight.

reggie posted a review

this is one of segas best game this game is a very good game with your mighty rocketrang and jetpack you off to rescue the princess from the evil dr.warthog

rocket knight has great action intense gameplay and is a fun game overall

mikyiky posted a review
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