DescriptionJinborov Karnovski (also known as the titular Karnov), is a Russian circus strongman who is collecting all of the pieces of a treasure map so he can become a wealthy man. This Lost Treasure of Babylon is being guarded by the evil dragon Ryu. While the gameplay is basically the same as the other versions, the story for the Famicom version is different. It involves Karnov, who comes from a small town called Cleamina, being called by God to be his envoy. Karnov is tasked with getting rid of the evil troublemaker known as Alakatai.
Karnov features nine stages of side-scrolling action. Karnov's main attack is to breathe fireballs at his enemies. Karnov can collect power-up orbs which can increase the amount of fire he can breathe out. Karnov is also able to jump, with the height being increased by collecting boots. Other items Karnov can carry and use include bombs, ladders, boomerangs, clappers (which destroy minor enemies that are currently on the screen instantaneously), and shields. Occasionally, Karnov will be able to make use of certain items such as wings which let him fly in the air and a scuba gear helmet which lets him swim underwater. Also, scattered throughout the stages are K icons. Collecting 50 of these will reward Karnov an extra life.
- "カルノフ" -- Japanese spelling
Part of the Following Groups
|Someone said something about a 2nd disk?||PC Booter||Indra was here (19215)|
|There's a reason nobody has bothered to review this game...||NES||OlSkool_Gamer (99)|
|A faithful port of the original arcade gameplay.||PC Booter||Trixter (8743)|
The Press Says
|Your Sinclair||ZX Spectrum||Jun, 1988||9 out of 10||90|
|The Games Machine (UK)||ZX Spectrum||Jun, 1988||88 out of 100||88|
|Game Informer Magazine||NES||Mar, 2001||8.25 out of 10||82|
|Quebec Gamers||NES||Jul 26, 2006||7.9 out of 10||79|
|Random Access||NES||2005||5.3 out of 10||53|
|Power Play||Commodore 64||May, 1988||2 out of 10||20|
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ProgrammingA closer look at the decrypted program binary shows Karnov's program flow:
UPDATELOCS POSTHITS DOCONTROLS CHECKTRIGGERS PRE-KARNOV THINKCYCLE POST-KARNOV SCROLLVIEW DRAWCYCLE SCROLLUPDATE ERASECYCLE
So, if you want to write your own video game, the above serves as a nice template. :-) Some cute error messages are also in there:
sprite bummer! Total loss of precision. Partial loss of precision.