Stargate won't transport you into action/adventure heaven, but its solid platform action has enough intriguing twists to launch you into orbit (even though it's identical to the Genesis version). This entertaining journey will snare your attention with exceptional graphics and relentless challenge.
Based on last year's hit flick, Stargate sets you up as Colonel Jack O'Neil, the leader of a squad of Marines that's exploring a planet on the other side of the universe. The game unfolds as a series of missions that send you jumping and shooting through various alien landscapes to achieve mission objectives. Eventually, you're embroiled in a complex scheme to save the locals and even Earth itself.
ProTip: In Ra's pyramid, find and shoot switches to open the force-field doors.
The details of the missions, such as locating local leaders and raiding the enemy's armory, draw you deeper into the absorbing story line. RPG- like conversations provide timely tips and plot info, adding depth to an engrossing story that involves you more than the action alone would.
But there's plenty of action to satisfy adrenaline junkies. Armed with a machine gun and a stash of grenades, you'll have a blast blazing through hordes of enemies. Enticing power-ups juice up the combat and the focus on fighting keeps the gameplay riveting. No tediously impossible jumps or obstacles drive you batty before you master them.
With four buttons to command O'Neil's broad range of moves, the responsive controls let you pitch grenades, crouch, run and shoot without a hitch, but the flaky jumps require practice. Even worse, the flaccid controls in the weak glider-flying missions hang you out to dry. Despite these flaws, the controls definitely improve on the finger-snarling setup of the Genesis version.
- When fighting Anubis, use your gun to make him teleport when he surprises you and when you can't reach him with grenades. If you trap him, quickly hit him with two grenades and dash to a different spot.
- Keep an eye out for elements in the background that you can climb; each mission has a new one.
- When flying the glider, wait for the icon that indicates enemies are approaching from behind. Fire a heat-seeking missile as soon as they appear, and you can often take out two with one shot.
- In Nagada, watch for the crescent-shaped patterns of cracks in the catwalks. They'll crumble underneath you.
O'Neil decisively steals the graphical show; wonderfully detailed animations imbue his sprite with striking realism. Well-illustrated backgrounds capture the atmosphere of an alien world, and, though the enemies are nicely animated, a broader array of foes would've energized the action.
Funky Arabian beats suitably accompany each level, but the insipid grunts and running noises do little to intensify the action. Regardless, with three difficulty levels and a seemingly unending lineup of missions and sub-missions, this game will send you happily into combat until your thumbs fall off.
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- Manufacturer: Acclaim
- Machine: Genesis
If you loved the movie, then you're probably gonna enjoy the game as well. The action follows the plot of the film pretty closely, and the animations are kinda neat also. If you didn't like the movie, then you should probably skip this one.
Solid platform gaming and long levels will make this version of Stargate a favorite for diehard action enthusiasts. In this titanic pyramid buster, you'll find that the Marines don't just land on the shores of Montezuma.
ProTip: Crouch for protection from the beams the Beetles shoot at you.
The Sand Played On
Stargate is loosely based on last year's flick. You play as Colonel Jack O'Neil, a career Marine who's sent to help scientist Daniel Jackson search out a culture similar to that of ancient Egypt. The only setback is that the culture exists on a planet a million light- years from Earth, and it's only accessible through a Stargate. In addition, Colonel O'Neil has his own agenda: to detonate a nuclear weapon and destroy the Stargate once he discovers what's at the other end.
At the beginning of the game, you quickly become separated from your crew, only to find that the workers on this new planet are rebelling against their masters. You side-scroll through the levels, searching for your men, supplies, weapon power-ups, and more while blasting the enemies you encounter. Count on rescuing Daniel Jackson a few times, too.
Dune with a View
Good graphics make for a good visual adventure. The well-illustrated ancient Egyptian settings vary between houses, caves and pyramids. Your sprite moves fluidly, much like Ripley in Alien 3.
The enemies you face, however, are disappointing in their visual banality. Boring beetles, flying beetles, and guards make up the majority of the opposition.
ProTip: Look out for unusual patterns in the floor. They sometimes indicate a long fall that will kill you.
The fairly funky music serves up Tut-struttin' disco in every level. The sound effects are average, but there's only so much you can do with a constant machine gun noise.
- To avoid deadly long falls, hang from a ledge and scout the ground below.
- The only useful weapon against guards is grenades.
- Study suspicious openings in the background to find entrances to rooms or caves.
- Sometimes you can grab onto outcroppings or unusual backgrounds.
The control can be as confusing as reading hieroglyphics. With one button you jump and release from hanging ledges, with another you shoot, and with yet another button you run and throw grenades. You waste a lot of grenades before you get the controls down.
The Miracle Nile
Stargate will definitely not disappoint adventure fans or players who are looking for an exciting platform piece with purpose. With its long-lasting playing power, Stargate would keep you occupied for a voyage across a million light-years.
In 1994 there came a movie starring the likes of James Spader, and Kurt Russel. Written by Dean Devlin and directed by Roland Emmerich, Stargate was about an Egyptologist (Spader) who is hired to decipher a set of symbols found on an ancient artifact. Spader comes to realize that these weird symbols are constellations which when identified in the correct sequence will define a specific point in space. This will allow the ability to travel within space. The plot of the movie is to use this interstellar transit device to perform recon on a distant world; Abydos. Based on the information gathered on the far end, they were to make a determination to protect Earth in the best way possible.
While exploring the new world, they encounter a civilization descending from ancient Egyptians, who are enslaved by an alien who poses as the Egyptian God Ra. Kurt Russel’s team of explorers forms an alliance with this civilization to destroy the alien and rid the land of a false God.
The movie did well worldwide totaling over 190 million dollars at the box office, and 16 million its opening weekend. Since this movie, there have been several spin-offs for television.