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The Goonies

The Goonies NES Title screen

MISSING COVER

Genre
Perspective
Theme
Misc
MobyRank MobyScore
Sharp X1
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Arcade
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PC-88
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3.5
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Description

The Goonies is based on a movie of the same name from 1985. A group of youngsters from a neighborhood called the "Goon Docks" are trying to find the lost treasure of One-Eyed Willie to prevent the foreclosure of their houses. Unfortunately, the treasure is buried under the hide-out of the infamous Fratelli gang, a family of ruthless criminals who are on the run from the law. You play as the asthmatic Mikey, who must find the treasure and save the other Goonies before time runs out.

The game consists of six levels. In each level, you must collect three keys to advance to the next area. These can be found by blowing open doors with bombs that are dropped by enemies. Also hidden behind doors are power-ups and other Goonies to rescue. Trying to stop you are enemies such as rats, skeletons, and even members of the Fratelli Gang. Bonus points can be gained by picking up diamonds and other valuables, rescuing the other Goonies, or by dispatching enemies with your slingshot or kicking them.

Unlike the sequel, the Famicom version was never released outside of Japan.

Screenshots

The Goonies PC-88 Title screen
The Goonies Sharp X1 Running away from One-Eyed Willie's Ghost
The Goonies NES Title screen
The Goonies PC-88 Starting area

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The Press Says

1UP! NES Dec 07, 2007 87 out of 100 87
NES Archives NES May 12, 2008 B+ 83
Digital Press - Classic Video Games NES Dec 28, 2003 8 out of 10 80
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) NES May, 1989 673 out of 1000 67
SwankWorld NES 2004 5 out of 10 50

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Trivia

Music

The music that plays during the game is the song The Goonies 'R' Good Enough by Cyndi Lauper from The Goonies soundtrack. The song charted at #8 in Australia, #9 in Canada, #10 in the USA, #22 in New Zealand and #49 in Germany.

Nintendo PlayChoice-10

The NES version was released in the U.S. in the arcades in the Nintendo Playchoice machines.

Although the same game as the Japan released NES version, the Playchoice cartridge was not compatible with the home NES.

Related Web Sites

  • The Goonies 20th Anniversary (A remake of the MSX game released for the 2006 Retro Remakes Competition, with versions for Windows, Macintosh and Linux. A map editor is also available at the download page.)
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