a game by Quintet
Genres: Action, Platformer
Platform: SNESSNES
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 5 reviews
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The newest Super Famicom adventure available is Actraiser from Enix. Actraiser has fast action hack'n'slash arcade-style game play combined with the mind challenging Creation Mode that captures the most appealing features of Populous. Each round is highlighted with fantastic graphics and an amazing musical soundtrack. The music is full of digitally sampled horns, violins, and percussion and clearly stands out as the best sound on Super Famicom yet! The graphics are equally as impressive with backgrounds and characters drawn in utmost detail. While the Creation Mode seems to slow the game down, the outstanding action scenes show how advanced the SNES is. An excellent game that really shows off what the system can do with two solid game concepts blended to bring you the ultimate in 16-Bit video gaming adventures.

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Intense action and graphics combined with a mind-bending storyline sure to challenge all the above. No wonder GameFabrique declared, "If you combine Zelda and ActRaiser (two o f the best), you will get SoulBlazer."

Here is a game that not only stretches the graphics of the Super Nintendo to the limit, but also the sound as well. In fact, the orchestrations in this game are so robust and realistic, you'll wonder if there's a microchip symphony playing inside the Super Nintendo! Actraiser, by Enix, provides the strategy and planning of Populous with the intense hack and slash action of Rastan. Throw in some of the most amazing scrolling and scaling techniques and you get a cart that not only pushes the standards of game play to the max, but the visual abilities of the Super NES as well. A fantastic first effort for the Nintendo 16-Bit!

Next issue's Overseas ProSpects will feature Actraiser, but it looked so good we thought we'd give you a quick preview. This awesome six level epic for the Super Famicom is part side-scrolling, Rastan-style hack and slash adventure and part Populous fantasy world-building. Each level features a building scene sandwiched in between two actionscenes. You fight outrageous creatures to win land for your people, and they have to build up the land's resources before you move on to the next level. Actraiser packs more breathtaking graphics and rockin' sounds into a MegaDrive game!

For motivated gamers of all ages, ActRaiser challenges system capabilities, displays life-like detailed graphics, and demonstrates Mode 7 scaling and rotation special effects. Originally released in 1990, this action packed game combines traditional side scrolling with overhead view simulation. While playing ActRaiser, players can indulge in special features such as simulation and action modes, fighting skill challenges with evil monsters, while the player remains in control of every aspect of the game reconstruction. The player uses a sword to fight through side-scrolling levels with monsters and has to defeat an end-boss, which then will open up a new section of the overhead view world. During the game, the player must take certain actions that encourage growth of the population. Once the population reaches a certain growth level, catastrophic events can occur. As the population grows, so does the players magical powers and qualities such as health. The story mode features three difficulty levels: Hard – Japanese, Normal – American, and an exclusively Easy Mode.

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