Written by  :  Guy Chapman (2002)
Written on  :  Aug 21, 2004
Platform  :  NES
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Still Remains One Of The Best Disney Games.

The Good

One of the many "Disney Afternoon" games that Capcom did based on the TV cartoons, "Rescue Rangers" really captured the feel of the show it was based on. Players could choose either Chip or Dale to solve the case, or team up as two players together. The game excelled as two things: A good Disney game and a good Capcom game. This meant strong gameplay mechanics, bright and colorful graphics full of detail and fluid animation, catchy music (and a good rendition of the show's theme song), and was simply a lot of fun to play.

The game had a lot going for it. One player, the game was fun, but with two players, the game really took off as players could help or hinder each other, so in that respect, it stayed true to the show, as well as adding more diversity to the gameplay. Capcom really understood the Disney formula, and rarely made a game that was less than average with its characters. At a time when Disney games were still considered "kiddie" fare, a few rounds with Capcom's titles often silenced even the most harsh of critics (from my personal experiences, anyway).

The Bad

The game was too short. It was a fun ride going through it, but it just simply wasn't long enough. The overall story of saving a kitten wasn't exactly Shakespeare, but the the theme of the show, it worked.

Players could only choose Chip or Dale, and none of the other Rescue Rangers, or even fly their plane. It wasn't crucial, but it would have been fun to have the option. Still, the other supporting characters did make appearances to help move gameplay along and even help out at times.

There was nothing worse than being killed off by your partner when he meant to grab a box instead of you. Still, getting into throwing fights had its own certain appeal to it.

The Bottom Line

This is a classic game that was popular for its time, though I think the series has run its course. Still, I wish that Capcom would reissue this (and Duck Tales) for something like the Game Boy Advance (Classic NES Series, please?), as this was a great title, and needs to be remembered as such. I believe there was a sequel, but I've been able to find little information on that.

Regardless, if you can find it, buy it and/or play it. A recommended classic from the 8-bit days.