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Balloon Fight (NES)

74
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.6
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

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Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.5
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.4
Overall MobyScore (26 votes) 3.6


The Press Says

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Game Freaks 365
Balloon Fight is a perfect example of why Nintendo's programming team back in the day was a force to fear. They knew how to make games, they knew how to program them, they knew how to design them, they rarely did anything that could be considered bad. Balloon Fight is without a doubt one of the earlier masterpieces of Nintendo, right up there with Mario Bros. and Donkey Kong, though sadly not remembered as much anymore. Gamers who know it and own it have fond memories and fun playing it for a reason. Definitely worth your time, new gamer or old.
90
HonestGamers
The majority of games simply aren't this good. It stands aside from the crowd and you'd be crazy to miss it.
80
Computer and Video Games (CVG)
Overall this is a great game for those of you with that urge to surge and a little bit of finesse on the joystick.
79
Génération 4
C'est un remake du célèbre Joust, me direz-vous ? Oui, mais encore amélioré, ce qui n'est pas peu dire ! Vous pourrez y jouer à deux, en partenaires ou... en ennemis, si vous trouvez que ceux-ci ne sont pas assez nombreux ! Une dernière option, totalement différente des deux premières, vous invitera à slalomer entre des obstacles pour récupérer des ballons. Un très bon jeu.
75
Action Button Dot Net
More than any other game, Balloon Fight gives a window into R&D#1′s design process: analyze, break down, reassemble. It doesn’t take itself seriously, it has fun with its pieces, and it conveys that playfulness to the audience. It’s the product of a warm and ambitious spirit, strangled and left for dead nearly twenty years ago. And coming as it does from Nintendo’s first postmodern era, it feels weirdly current today.
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NES Archives
If you like Joust you will probably like Balloon Fight. If you hate Joust you still might like Balloon Fight especially if the controls are the issue or you are an animal rights activist who is disgusted by dueling, flying ostriches (by the way, yes you are correct, ostriches cannot fly). It’s a fun game to play every now and then especially with a competitive friend.
71
VicioJuegos.com
En conclusión, Balloon Fight es un título que aún con apartado técnico (gráfico y sonoro) bastante mediocre, en el que influye bastante la temprana fecha de salida, la originalidad de su planteamiento, que dista de todo lo visto antes en el género de las plataformas y su gran control y diversión hacen que sea una gran opción para jugar con tu NES. Su divertidísimo multijugador garantiza horas de diversión junto a un acompañante y el modo Extra le da variedad a la hora de jugar. Una buena opción para todo tipo de jugadores.
70
Tilt
Fort simple et distrayant, cette cartouche propose des graphismes simples et le style dépouillé de l'ensemble est du meilleur aloi. Point dé débauche de couleurs, mais un écran clair et dégagé afin de faciliter l'identification des personnages et objets en mouvement. Le tout, avec une animation de qualité et une bande sonore sobre et agréable. Un jeu très séduisant.
70
HonestGamers
Of course, the best news is that time hasn't entirely dulled this title's appeal. If you can find it for a good price, it's definitely recommended. Not all of Nintendo's early attempts at greatness remained enjoyable for more than a few years, but this one certainly did. And if you have a friend with a craving for some retro action, you really can't go wrong with Balloon Fight.
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GameCola.net
I've read reviews. This game takes the brunt of the reviewers onslaught time and again. "Loose control" seems to be the "broken record" of their final say about the game. Ironically, the scapegoat of their grading criteria is probably what I like MOST about the game. The control of Balloon Fight is not loose...it's unique. It feels like you are riding a balloon. You glide about the screen, always bouncing and sailing. The game has a unique feel, and to top that, a unique look and sound as well. In closing, Balloon Fight, though unsuccessful in the realm of fame and popularity, did much to improve the face of gaming. OK that's a complete lie. This game did not contribute to the improvement of gaming. It did, however, find a place in my collection. And although unsure of how that happened, I am nonetheless glad that it did, and hope that it happens to most of you as well.
65
Power Play
Wenn zwei Leute spielen, bleibt wirklich kein Auge mehr trocken. Obwohl im Prinzip recht einfach, fasziniert mich dieses Programm ungemein. Komisch, denn „Joust“ war nie einer meiner Favoriten. Ein hübsches Spiel, das zu zweit viel Spaß macht. Ohne Mitspieler ist die Motivation aber spürbar niedriger..
60
Video Game Den
Although levels can be a bit repetitive after a while, Balloon Fight showcases all the heart-pounding and addictive fun of the classic arcade games of the 80's, and a brilliant simultaneous two-player mode.