Fester's Quest (NES)

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Written by  :  ETJB (450)
Written on  :  Feb 03, 2010
Platform  :  NES
Rating  :  3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars

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Addams Family Meets Blaster Master

The Good

The classic television series was given life for a new generation of fans through this game! This was before the 1990's feature films and other efforts to adapt the Addams Family for a more modern audience. Fester's Quest is a huge game that mixes science fiction themed arcade action with role playing elements. For the most part the combination works and this game features some great 8-bit graphics, music, and sound effects.

The Bad

The basic game engine will remind you of Blaster Master, which may or may not matter, depending on how familiar you are with Blaster Master. Minor enemies (let alone bosses) are sometimes difficult to hit and almost always re-spawn. Fester moves painfully slow and can only take a few direct hits before its game over. The game has no extra lives, continues or passwords. You need to beat the entire game in one setting or start all over. It is also fairly easy to get lost in the game, so be prepared to not only repeat the game from scratch often, but also create some pretty detailed outside and indoor maps.

The Bottom Line

Fester's Quest borrows many of the basic features of "Blaster Masters", especially the overhead shooting elements and mixed in some role playing elements. The result seems to work and is even fun, but the game is probably too hard for all but the most patient of gamer.