Risky Woods

a game by Electronic Arts
Genre: Platformer
Platform: Sega GenesisGenesis
Editor Rating: 7.3/10, based on 3 reviews
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 1 vote
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Risky Woods
Risky Woods
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Risky Woods

At first glance, Risky Woods looks like Ghouls 'n' Ghosts, right down to its weapons, armor, and game map. Even the side-scrolling action is similar. Although this action/adventure game isn't as long or complex as G 'n' G, it's a lot of fun to play.

Save the Monks

As the young warrior, Rohan, you must save a monastery of Monks who have been turned to stone. You battle across eight stages of nonstop combat. To clear each time-limited stage, you must rescue a certain number of Monks, collect Keys, and pass the Gate Keepers by using your control pad to repeat the melodies they play.

This game is tough until you master the power-ups and the weapons. You fight a horde of evil nasties, including Guardian end bosses. Defeated goons drop Armor Links, which you collect to score better armor. You also find Treasure Chests full of power-ups. The controls are straightforward, although Rohan's a bit hard to guide when he jumps.

ProTip:

  • There's plenty of time to clear Stage 1. Stock up on Links to get the Silver Armor.
  • Weigh the pros and cons of grabbing power-ups. Skulls sap life and Apples put you to sleep. Always grab the Hour Glass, though. You can never have too much time.

Really cool tunes and crisp sound effects serve as great support for the bright, clear graphics. Although the backgrounds aren't animated, the creatures are creatively drawn and the weapons are nicely detailed.

The Axe is a good weapon for Stages 4 and 5. You can loft its blade on top of the needle-toothed monster's head.

Risk Free

Although not entirely original, Risky Woods is still more than satisfying. It's just too short! Take a walk with Risky Woods it's not risky at all!

Max out the Knife's power before you face the first Guardian. When you enter the cave, run right and hit the Guardian as rapidly as possible. Dodge his fireballs as he forces you left When your back is against the wall, run under the Guardian's fire and push him back to the right Repeat this procedure until you beat him.

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Genesis

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Game modes: Single game mode

Player controls:

  • Up, Down, Left, Right - Arrow keys
  • Start - Enter (Pause, Menu select, Skip intro, Inventory)
  • "A" Gamepad button - Ctrl (usually Jump or Change weapon)
  • "B" button - Space (Jump, Fire, Menu select)
  • "C" button - Left Shift (Item select)

Use the F12 key to toggle mouse capture / release when using the mouse as a controller.

Game Reviews

Embark on a perilous adventure in a place called Risky Woods... Electronic Arts brings us a heroic tale of magic and monsters. As a warrior, you must free the saints imprisoned in stone and save the land from evil. Set in a fantasy world, you will encounter beasts, puzzles, monsters, and even a race against time! Use your steel weapons and fire to destroy these ferocious obstacles once and for all!

People say:

4.0

Put some nice computer graphics and swell computer game play in a cart and your Sega can play games like a computer. Only problem is. the rigid nature of PC titles doesn't exactly excite me and although the action is flawed only in style, it's enough to turn me off. Well made, but should have stayed on disk.

5.0

I really had high hopes that EA could do more than sports games. While this cart might get by as a fun game for the younger kids, it just doesn't have what is needed to keep a teenager happy. I found it harder than normal to control and this just made it more frustrating. Best advice, try it before you buy it.

4.0

This is the type of game that one would expect when you port over a computer title onto a system with high standards for action games. The graphics are pretty good and the music is not that bad, but the poor control makes this title frustrating and keeps it from being fun. The game could have been a sleeper.

3.0

EA never fails to surprise me on their taste for extremes: either they create awesome games or hideous games. Luckily, we see more great titles than bad, but some slip through, like Risky Woods. This game has corny graphics, with horrendous play control. This is the type of game we saw two years ago! Ick!

Enter a fantasy world of wonderful magic and horrendous monsters. You are a heroic warrior trying to free the land from the grip of evil. Armed with weapons of steel and fire, go forth and free the trapped saints who are imprisoned in stone.

You must traverse a wide variety of backdrops while finding many power-ups in this perilous cart.

Every third level contains a vicious boss, with both the beast and the clock against you. Solve puzzles similar to the old electronic game Simon, where you try to imitate musical patterns. All this adds up to a quest of mystical challenge!

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