Snow Brothersa game by Tengen, Toaplan, and Capcom
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Snow Bros is a video game released in 1990 by Toaplan. The game seems to be similar with Bubble Bobble, supports two players, and is actually really fun to play. The fact that it was ported on lots of other platforms says a lot about how many people thought this game is a cracker.
The game was ported for many other platforms soon after the release. Capcom released the game for Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1991. Amiga, Atari, ST, Commodore, GX4000 and ZX Spectrum developed their own version of the game in the same year. The version for Sega Genesis was released by Tengen in 1993 with additional levels, new background music and cut scenes which were missing from the arcade version.
Two players take each the control of one of the snowmen, Nick and Tom, and can throw with snow at the enemies. When the enemy is completely covered in snow, they turn into a snowball and lose the game. If the enemy is only partial covered in snow, he or she will only be able to move after they shake the snow off.
The players can roll every enemy who turned into a giant snowball. Once this is done, the enemy will rebound off walls and, at some point in time, probably shatter against a wall. If the snowball hits other enemies, they are eliminated from the game as well. The target of the two characters is to fully defeat the enemies. Once they manage to, lots of money, in form of large green bills, will start falling from the sky. They are worth 10.000 points for each player, which is the most a player can get as a bonus.
The game is based on levels. A boss will have to be defeated after every 10 levels. They are more difficult to defeat and can take more hits than the normal enemies.
If the main characters bowl an enemy over, they may drop different lanterns. The color of the lantern tells the player which power-up he or she can acquire. The effects of most of the power-ups disappears after the player loses a life.
The levels have to be finished fast. If it takes too much time, an evil pumpkin will come out and try to kill Nick and Tom. The pumpkin head is unfortunately invincible, and at some point in time will even spawn ghosts that can travel through the levels and try to kill the player character. Players can only get rid of it if they eliminate the rest of the enemies and move on to the next level.
The game was fairly popular back then when it was released, and got many good reviews. GameSpot users rated the game with a total feedback of 8.9 out of 10, but unfortunately the game for Sega Mega Drive/Genesis was not as successful as the one ported on other platforms. The game for Sega Mega Drive/Genesis was reviewed by the users with a total feedback of 6.8.
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This version of Snow Bros has been released by Tengen in 1993. Snow Bros is a platform game like Bubble Bobble. This version of the game included new background music, additional levels and cutscenes not found in the earlier releases.
You must eliminate all the enemies on each level of the game by rolling the enemies into snowballs and smashing them against the walls.
Every 10th level of the game have a Boss. Boss attacks the player with ordinary enemies, which the player must turn into snowballs and roll into the Boss.