Battletoads in Ragnarok's World
What's black and white with warts all over? Well, how about the Battletoads, Game Boy-style. America's bad amphibians are at it again in a new Game Boy adventure that's gonna give you a heavy-duty case of deja vu.
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The first thing Toad aficionados are gonna notice about Battletoads 2 for the Game Boy is that it's actually a black and white version of the original Battletoads on the NES. The good news is that the original Battletoads is a great game. The bad news is that fans of the webfooted trio aren't gonna find anything new here, except perhaps a severe case of eyestrain.
Battletoads in Ragnorok's World is a one-player action game with arcade-style hack 'n' slash game play. This time around, Zitz and Princess Angelica have been captured by the Dark Queen. Pimple and Rash have to rescue the duo from the Dark Queen's home planet, Ragnorok's World.
As one oftheClearasil kids, you face an eight-level journey across Ragnorok's World. You'll hop across the planet's surface, rappel down a cliff, slip and a slide across an ice cavern, butt heads with some Speeder Bikes, and fight a final confrontation in the Queen's Tower of Shadows. Sound familiar?
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Each level's enemies (the same cast and crew of rodents, psycho pigs, and other rabble that star in Bat-tletoads) are nicely detailed copies of the original game. The problem is, they're too nicely detailed and tend to blend into the backgrounds, which makes tiny objects almost invisible on the small Game Boy screen. What worked on the NES doesn't have enough contrast to be clearly visible on the Game Boy. Just try to find the ball to throw at the Walker at the end of Level 1.
Although it's not as challenging as the NES version, Ragnorok's World has all of the great game play that made the Battletoads a kick. The two-button controls make maneuvering simple. Button B is for hitting and kicking, and Button A is for jumping. Repeated punching or kicking still pulls off the Big Boot, an impressive kick that sends enemies to the showers. The Toads can also grab weapons dropped by defeated foes to whack the remaining bad guys.
Tradewest and Rare have a great thing going with the Toads. However, most gamers that hop on down to the store are gonna be lookin' for a new pond to play in. Gamers who haven't seen the NES version will probably enjoy the original game more than this Game Boy tadpole. The first Game Boy Battletoads cart was really hot. Here's hoppin* that Battletoads 3 for the Game Boy will be just as cool as Battletoads 1.
- NES veterans of the Toad wars will remember that nasty Level 3 problem with jumping, if you're not positioned correctly, you plummet into the lava and lose a life. It's the same in this game. Take a running start and hold Right on your directional pad for a safe jump.
- As you rappel down this cavern, use your webteet or a beak sword to hack away at the bird. Hack the same bird over and over again to earn more points. If you're lucky, you'll score a 1-up. In fact, the cavern's an excellent spot to build up your lives before the dreaded Speeder Bike Level.
- When you reach Level 3 (Speeder Bike Level), knock the blocks off the little ftying critters. The blocks will float down to your life bar and restore your health.