If you've ever been told "you can't earn a living playing video games" or, perhaps, "go outside and do something productive instead of sitting in front of that darn Nintendo all day", you're going to like this news. Thanks to the folks at American Softworks, you can answer your video game critics by telling them, "I'm trying to win $10,000!". That's right, bud, someone is willing to give you cash and valuable prizes just for doing something you like doing anyway -- playing video games. Entering the contest is simple, see page 22 of this issue.
Journey to the Center of Your Mind
The game behind the contest is Treasure Master, a multi-level adventure game starring Scooter. Scooter was just a regular kid until one day he found an old, beat-up gold coin. He tucked the coin under his pillow for safekeeping and that night he had a dream about a bizarre landscape filled with evil creatures.
One day Scooter happened upon a book entitled "The Legend of the Treasure Master". The tome told of a sorcerer named Ocsiban and a great hidden treasure. Ocsiban said that to find this treasure an adventurer must undertake a quest -- a quest of the mind. The text also mentioned a special coin that was the key to the mystery -- his coin! Guess what -- Scooter's off to solve the mystery and nab the treasure.
It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
There are five different worlds enroute to the treasure vault -- each stranger than the next. Your task is to work your way through each successive world until you reach the loot. This takes brainpower and skill because you'll have to find different unusual objects, figure out how to use them, and then "just do it" in each world.
Your quest begins on the Islands where you spend half your time on land and the other half under the sea. Next you rocket to the Moon where most of the action takes place underground (does that make you the "man in the moon"?). World Three dumps you into a construction site, but don't expect a bunch of hardhats on their lunch hour -- just more weird creatures. The last two worlds are the Fantasy Forest, filled with weird mushrooms and waterfalls, and the Circuit Board, where you actually get inside your NES! And then, finally (if you survive), you reach the Treasure Vault!
ProTip: Stand on the right side of the platform and the heavy tomato... catapults you up to an area with another 1-Up.
No One Said It Would Be Easy
Only pro gamers need apply 'cause this game is tough! You begin with four lives, but you can nab free men (they're hidden a la Super Mario) as you go. There are NO continues and you have to play from the beginning (World One) to the finish (World Five) to reach the Treasure Master vault.
Use the bow and arrow when you reach the needle-shaped object to send a line across to a transporter that leads to a bonus room with another 1-Up.
If you're going to take on this challenge you better have a high breaking point because Treasure Master has a fierce frustration factor. There are lots of moves you have to repeat again and again until you get them right -- and if you run out of men you're right back at the beginning.
- Slow and steady wins this race. You'll need all your energy and lives in the Treasure World so don't rush through the early stages.
- Enemies follow consistent patterns. Enemies you face in the early stages may show up in later worlds in different guises.
- Bombs reappear once you move off the screen. Sometimes you'll need more than one bomb on a world, so remember that you can return and grab another one at the same location.
- Activate the remote control at the question mark in World One. This helps you get the submarine.
All This and Money, Too!
Treasure Master has good animation, and the graphics are colorful and clean, although unspectacular. Coupled with decent sound effects and O.K. music the game keeps you hooked even if you aren't playing for the moola. So what are you waiting for? Fire up your NES... those prizes are just waiting for you to claim them! (P.S. We're gonna' help you out even though we're not eligible to win the prizes ourselves.)
Download Treasure Master
- Number of Levels: 6+sp
- Theme: Action
- Difficulty: Average
- Number of Players: 1
- Available: December 1991
Gold, jewels, and diamonds are all yours!
For the first time ever, there is an NES title that could be more than what you bargained for! You're cast in the role of Scooter, your everyday hip hoppin-wannabe-rich-quick dude. The quickest path to your fortune is to explore the multiple levels of play for the riches that are scattered about.
Each of the six different rounds contain not only great wealth, but incredible obstacles as well! Deal with the gruesome guardians of Treasure Master and you'll find yourself on top of the pack! Each of the different game levels presents its own unique challenges. From action above the ground to under the water, Treasure Master uses many familiar game concepts and ties them together with detailed graphics and sound effects! These supporting features are incorporated into an adventure with many special features.
The first stage takes place both above land and below the water! Search out the prizes among the magnets!
In this cavernous stage, you will need search out the waters and shores with your submarine!
The final stage of the first level presents some unique challenges. Be sure to use the previous two levels to familiarize yourself with the play mechanics as you fight your way to the passcode screen that, when unlocked, will let you battle for the game's incredible prizes!
Treasure Master is the answer to anyone's craving to seek out the riches and fortunes of the past. Crush the enemies who guard the booty and collect your prize!