Frankenstein: The Monster Returns

a game by Tose Co
Platform: NESNES
Editor Rating: 6.3/10, based on 5 reviews, 6 reviews are shown
User Rating: 6.0/10 - 1 vote
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See also: Monsters Games
  • Type: Action
  • Available: Autumn 1991
  • Levels: 4
  • Difficulty: Average

For years the monster that has once terrorized the innocent village. Now the monster is alive, and ready to take on the village once again! Armed with an arsenal of different weapons and magical items needed to lay the monster dead for the last time. Many strange creatures will try to stand in your way as you hack and slash through the levels that await your arrival and for your destruction. Be brave, valiant hero.

People say:

6

Frankenstein is one of those games that is just almost there. I like some of the basic set-ups that the game delivers, it just comes off as being a little too rough around the edges. The graphics are cool, but the lack of real diversity in game play is what hampers Frank the most.

6

Frankenstein is a game that is good on last year's standards. With a little more attention to details and some final tweaking it could have been a hit. As it's only a bit better than average and just doesn't stand apart from the rest of average games out there.

5

This cart is not a bad action game nor is it a great game either. The main character is limited to a few moves and picking up weapons. The graphics arg OK, it looks like you're beating the monsters with a chicken leg though. Just another average action cart for the NES.

6

I'm sorry, but I'm not all too excited about this game. Frankenstein is a great idea, but the control isn't precise enough to make the game any fun. I'll attribute this problem to the 8-bit barrier once more. Otherwise, it is cool, with a few minor quirks to overlook.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • P-200, 32 MB RAM

Game Reviews

  • Machine: Nintendo

For years, all was peaceful in the country hamlet as the villagers tried to forget the days of carnage when he roamed the land. Surely they'd suffered enough.

But one day, a flash of lightning from the heavens struck the monster's tomb. Just like the bolt of energy that had first given him life, it awakened him again.

As Frankenstein begins, the fiendish monster has ransacked the village and kidnapped Emily, the beautiful daughter of a village elder. He has also used evil magic to gather a band of monster bodyguards to protect himself from foolhardy rescue parties.

But the only rescue party in this game is you - the fate of Emily and the villagers rests entirely on your shoulders.

You have to fight your way through four stages on your way toward your ultimate encounter with Frankenstein's monster. In each stage, you'll confront increasing numbers of vicious bodyguards. Destroy the monsters by punching, kicking, and using weapons you find on your journey.

Keep an eye on the energy meter at the top left comer of the screen. When you're hit by a monster, you lose energy, and when all your energy is gone, your character collapses. Frankenstein allows two continues for restarting the game from the stage where you collapsed.

Each stage also has a boss monster you must defeat. Before you fight, the game switches to a dialogue screen on which the monster calls you ugly names and challenges you to battle. Since sticks and stones can break your bones but words can never hurt you, just skip the dialogue screen by pushing the A button.

Be careful when battling the boss monsters. They are far more powerful than the ordinary monsters, and it takes many blows to defeat them. If you make it past all four bosses and through the Evil Dimension, you'll find yourself face-to-face with the fiendish, oversized Frankenstein's monster.

Frankenstein is an arcade-style, scrolling shoot-em-up with a wide variety of graphics, but sometimes the screens get a little too cluttered for you to keep a sharp eye on the enemy.

We've Created a Monster!

Frankenstein is alive and he's headed for your living room. Push your Nintendo system to the limit with awesome graphics and mind-melting action that you won't find in ordinary games. Saving the beautiful Emily from the clutches of the monster will put your gaming skills on the line as you punch, kick, hack, chop, smash, burn, and bomb your way through a ghoulish army of horrific enemies, each determined to bring you to a sticky end. Battle your way through the creep infested village, the treacherous forest, the horrible graveyard, and the castle of doom, before even thinking of setting foot or sword in the evil dimension where your strength anb spirit will be put to the final test. We created the monster ...lt's up to you to destroy him!

For years, all was peaceful in the country hamlet as the villagers tried to forget the days of carnage when he roamed the land. Surely they'd suffered enough.

But one day, a flash of lightning from the heavens struck the monster's tomb. Just like the bolt of energy that had first given him life, it awakened him again.

As Frankenstein begins, the fiendish monster has ransacked the village and kidnapped Emily, the beautiful daughter of a village elder. He has also used evil magic to gather a band of monster bodyguards to protect himself from foolhardy rescue parties.

But the only rescue party in this game is you-the fate of Emily and the villagers rests entirely on your shoulders.

You have to fight your way through four stages on your way toward your ultimate encounter with Frankenstein's monster. In each stage, you'll confront increasing numbers of vicious bodyguards. Destroy the monsters by punching, kicking, and using weapons you find on your journey.

Keep an eye on the energy meter at the top left comer of the screen. When you're hit by a monster, you lose energy, and when all your energy is gone, your character collapses. Frankenstein allows two continues for restarting the game from the stage where you collapsed. Each stage also has a boss monster you must defeat. Before you fight, the game switches to a dialogue screen on which the monster calls you ugly names and challenges you to battle. Since sticks and stones can break your bones but words can never hurt you, just skip the dialogue screen by pushing the A button.

Be careful when battling the boss monsters. They are far more powerful than the ordinary monsters, and it takes many blows to defeat them. If you make it past all four bosses and through the Evil Dimension, you'll find yourself face-to-face with the fiendish, oversized Frankenstein's monster.

Frankenstein is an arcade-style, scrolling shoot-em-up with a wide variety of graphics, but sometimes the screens get a little too cluttered for you to keep a sharp eye on the enemy.

Frankenstein comes to the NES screen in this second video-gaming effort by Bandai based on a famous monster. In Frankenstein, the scenario depicts Dr. Frankenstein's undead creation as an evil sort, who pillages the town of Transylvania and kidnaps the fair lass Emily.

"I will take this girl for my own!" he proclaims. This is not the benevolent and misunderstood creature portrayed in the original novel and films.

Playing the role of an adventurer whom you may christen with any six-character name, it's up to you to save Emily. After choosing your name, it's off to the action. Moving your player through a village street, you must fight rabid, purple dogs, demons, gargoyles and a host of other monsters who are under Frank's power. Your character can enter buildings where treasure chests containing potions to increase your life energy points may be opened. Sometimes a creature must be defeated before you can get these chests.

At first, your only means of bringing down the monsters is the standard punching and aerial kicking. Some of the fallen enemies leave behind weapons, which may be picked up and used. Your potential weapons inventory includes various clubs, hooks, swords and firing power. Many of these can be used indefinitely, or at least until your player is struck down by a monster, after which they must be replaced or quickly picked up off the ground before they disappear. Floating heart shapes, which restore your character's life energy, can also be retrieved.

Frankenstein is broken up into several stages of play. The monsters you must challenge on your journey to Frankenstein's hideout range from the arrogant Demon Horse to the out-of-place Medusa. Besides the aforementioned village streets, game play takes place in such environs as a forest, a sewer, a castle and a cemetery, to name just a few.

The biggest problem with Frankenstein is its handling of your player's lives. Besides picking up hearts and life potions, only a maximum of five hits can be sustained. After that, the game must be continued, and only two continues are allowed. None are given if you are starting the game with a password.

The background graphics are nice and careful attention is given to textures. The game characters themselves while richly detailed are a bit small in size. Compared to other recent NES games of this type, Frankenstein falls short in this area. Frankenstein is standard video-gaming material, not a bad game. The graphics are average, the sound and music are average and its difficulty and challenge are too. The end product is a game that won't disappoint--or excite--casual players.

Pickier gamers, on the other hand, will probably find Frankenstein terminally bland.

The legendary monster of all time - Frankenstein is coming to the Nintendo later this year. In this suspenseful action adventure game by Bandai you must travel through the countryside of Transylvania on route to Dr. Frankenstein's castle. Standing in your way though are hundreds of hideous demons, monsters, and vampire bats. Armed only with your special martial arts skills and an occasional knife left on the ground, you must defeat all who oppose you.

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