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Darkman is an average cartridge. There is nothing to make it any different than all of the other action cartridges on the market (with the exception of the photo stage - a very cool concept). The game is really a poor-man's version of Batman by Sunsoft. The graphics aren't as good and the controls are somewhat lacking. Still, it's a good game to play if you're a fan of the movie. One thing that will frustrate most gamers is the difficulty of level 1. This may be the most frustrating level 1 in videogame history. After this, the rest of the game is a cakewalk. Average graphics, average sound, and average gameplay makes Darkman for the NES just average at best.
sometimes brutally (not to mention unfairly) difficult, demanding
pinpoint precision from the poor unfortunate player, who is
saddled with clunky, slippery controls. The graphics are pretty
good, and the levels are mercifully brief. Oddly enough, the first
level seems to be the hardest, so stick with it if you must to reach
the other, more player-friendly stages.
Darkman can't seem to get past the Three Stooges angle. It takes all of the serious features found in the movie, spits in their face, and kicks them directly in the beanbag. Sadly this is not uncommon for movie-to-game translations of the period, but the game totally and disgustingly misses the entire point of the film, preferring to take the basic plot and apply it to a children's game. Darkman has more in common with Super Mario World that with the movie it is based on.
Perhaps questions like that don't need to be answered. This is a punishingly difficult game, but only because the game cheats. Your jump button doesn't consistently work like it should and the character's actions are questionable. Even the game's tiny levels (some taking less than 10 seconds) aren't enough to make up for the unfair designs and obstacles. Darkman isn't a 2D side-scrolling action game, it's pure torture.
Darkman, like most licensed games based on decent-to-outstanding intellectual properties, is a disaster: atrocious controls, poor graphics, rushed gameplay. Like most poorly made games, this one is needlessly difficult and there’s an obnoxious time limit. I think that about covers it.