James Bond - The Duel
Dashing, debonair, dangerous...no, not me, it's James Bond. 007's infiltrated the Game Gear in this average translation of the Genesis cart.
You start off the action aboard a research vessel funded by the evil Dr. Creypen, who wants to send a shuttle into space and destroy the world. Bond must find the Doctor, which isn't easy since he has to get past the ship, fight through a power station in the jungle, and finally weave his way through the inside of an artificial volcano.
Each mission has multiple levels, and at the end of each mission you'll face great villains like Jaws, Bones, and Oddjob (the hat-wielding maniac introduced in Goldfmger). Bond has his trademark pistol, and you can switch weapons to utilize missiles, grenades and rapid-shots. There are even midlevel markers to help you through the game.
Shaken and Stirred
The graphics, although reduced to Game Gear proportions, are still very sharp. Bond moves with fluid, lifelike movements, but you'll find some of the moves very slow (or at least slower than in the Genesis version). The enemies are creative and well-defined, and the backgrounds are well done for a Game Gear title.
The sounds and music unfortunately don't live up to 007's movie reputation. The familiar theme music is only played during the opening credits, leaving you with only dull shots and thuds during game play.
Although this cart is challenging because of its vastness, its game play is standard run-n-gun. Most intermediate gamers will breeze past Bond in no time. The bosses are too easy, so getting to them is most of the fun. Still, if you've always wanted to live life in Her Majesty's Secret Service, you may want to go undercover as James Bond.
- In the Jungle, climb all the way to the tops of the trees using the tree on the right-hand side of the screen. Then, proceed through the level across the treetops.
- Don't pass up Q Cases -they offer more than just points. They also enable you to gain 1-ups and continues in the bonus rounds.
- When you start out on the ship, keep watching below you for flying fish. They leap up in tight arcs and are hard to jump over.
- In the Jungle, beware of twigs in the trees. Although they help you get your footing, they break off after a second or two.
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007 is back in action and ready to save the world once again. Play the wily Bond in a deadly game of cat and mouse that has world security as the stakes!
Bonds Have More Fun
James Bond 007: The Duel is a one- player, side-scrolling, action/adventure game that teams Rolling Thunder-style run-and-gun action with impressively smooth character animation. As Her Majesty's Number One Secret Service- man, you must free a professor and his beautiful daughter (of course), who are being held hostage by a mad scientist.
ProTip: Avoid long falls. A fall of more than one story will kill you.
If you think the James Bond movies always end too quickly, you'll be right at home here. Basically, you gunfight through only four Missions that take you to a Super Tanker, a jungle Hideout, Volcanic Caverns, and the Space Shuttle. In these sprawling stages, you see more bullets fly than at a shooting range.
- To knock off Jaws in Mission 1, stay on the third step and shoot at his legs. Don't get too close, or he'll choke you to death.
- To knock off the Voodoo Doctor in Mission 2, stay out of range of the bones he throws, then waste him.
You're equipped with a Walther PPK pistol, an awesome somersault jump, and a tuxedo. You supply the famous Bond attitude. On each Mission you must rescue a certain number of female hostages and disarm a bomb or two. You shoot it out with an army of fast-moving, coldblooded killers in uniforms. Thanks to the mad scientist's cloning machine, you also encounter some famous old foes, such as Oddjob, Bones, Jaws, the Voodoo Doctor, and Yoyo.
Sean Connery? Roger Moore? Timothy Dalton? George Lazenby? It doesn't matter which Bond you prefer because the sprites in this game are so small you can imagine you're playing any one of them. However, your Bond's animation' is absolutely graceful as he leaps, climbs hand-over-hand, and flounders wildly as he's eaten by sharks. Little touches, like moving his gun from one hand to the other when he turns or reloads should be well received.
Although other Bond songs may have received Academy Awards, the music in this game won't. The shooting, bombing, and other sound effects, however, are clear winners.
Try not to let a gun firing goon comer you anywhere near the edge of a platform. James flies backwards when he's hit.
Gentlemen Prefer Bond
All in all, James Bond 007: The Duel is a good action game, although you won't need a Gold Finger to finish it off. You only get three lives and one continue. If you can take that kind of heat and return it, this game is an easy target. Play on the Manic difficulty setting (there are three settings in all) to earn your license to kill.