Tecmo World Cup 93
- Manufacturer: Hudson Soft
- Machine: Nintendo Entertainment System
Poor Milon! He lives in a land (named Hudson - I wonder how he got that name) where everyone communicates using music, and he has no musical ability whatsoever. In desperation, Milon decides that it would be a good idea to find some other people like himself. But just before leaving on his quest, he pays a visit to Hudson's Secret Castle where he hopes to visit Queen Eliza.
Milon discovers that the castle has been attacked by an evil warlord who has taken away all the people's musical instruments and hidden away the queen. And so our unlucky hero finds himself with a new quest - to rescue Queen Eliza and bring music back.
I'll admit that the story line isn't exactly original - nowadays it seems that every video game has a rescue-a-member-of-the-royal-family scenario - but because of the game's superior graphics and good sound effects, the player will soon forget the unoriginal premise.
When you begin the game, the screen displays a front view of the castle. The castle has many floors, each of which contains many doors and windows. Some of the doors or windows you can enter right away; others remain inaccessible until you complete the preceding levels.
The initial step of your quest is to go through the first door and battle your way to the top of a huge room filled with money and other surprises - one of these surprises being the many creatures bent on Milon's destruction.
The treasures, unfortunately, are not visible. You must search for them by breaking open the dozens of stone blocks that fill the room. Many of the blocks contain coins, which will let you buy items from the shop. Other objects that you may find include honeycombs, which restore your energy, and the Hudson Bee, which surrounds you with a protective shield.
Other important items are hidden in the rooms as well. The music box will transport you to a bonus level where you can catch notes to increase your money. You'll also need to find a key and a secret door; otherwise you'll never be able to leave the room.
Avoiding the creatures is a good way to stay alive, but sooner or later, you have to fight. Destroying the enemy is the only way to get two other valuable items: the heart, which increases your energy by one point, and the umbrella, which lets you shoot your magic bubbles faster.
Once you have solved a level, it's on to the shop where you can buy many helpful items, such as high-jumping boots or secret hints. Finally, you enter the last room of the level to do battle with a demon. Unless you've completed everything on a specific level, the demon won't appear - but when he does, be prepared for a tough battle!
Milon's Secret Castle is an enthralling game whose only defect is its overly high level of difficulty. Each level is a tough puzzle to solve, and you'll need your thinking cap if you plan to discover all the secrets. This reviewer was told by Hudson Soft that a clue book was forthcoming, and I suspect that most players will need one.