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This game is short and difficult, and it suffers a bit from hit detection
issues. As you play, however, you will learn to compensate for them,
finding a great variety of obstacles and monsters to keep your interest
in the process.
Neste empolgante game, Frankenstein, o terrível monstro, volta à vida – muito mais poderoso – justamente para espalhar o terror entre os homens. Você é quem luta contra ele e seus terríveis aliados, pois o cartucho pedirá o seu nome no início. Claro, ele seqüestrou sua namorada, Emily, e você deve salvá-la. Durante quatro fases, você enfrentará terríveis monstros que Frank mantém sob seu poder, até o combate final com o próprio – este bastante difícil.
I'm sorry, but I'm not all too excited about this game. Frankenstein is a great idea, but the control isn't precise enough to make the game any fun. I'll attribute this problem to the 8-bit barrier once more. Overall, it is cool, with a few minor quirks to overlook.
I could see myself powering through this game just to read the dialogue, but the gameplay itself is average at best. A sparkling personality isn’t enough to make this wannabe worth up-holding.
The tone is somewhat dark and the music is in minor-key, but the game isn't particularly spooky. You get several continues and a password, and there's a nice high score screen. It's not bad, but Frankenstein: The Monster returns feels more like a run-of-the-mill side-scroller than a horror epic.
As an adaptation or extension of the Frankenstein mythos, Bandai's game falls far short of the mark. Frankenstein is out of character as a nefarious mastermind, commanding an army of monster henchmen from his "Evil Dimension". (Did I forget to mention the Evil Dimension? It's evil, that's all you need to know.) And just what he intends to do with the girl is disturbingly unclear. As a game in it's own right, Frankenstein for the NES isn't the worst game you'll ever play. But it's much too boring, derivative, and artificially difficult to recommend over similar titles.
I guess one of the worst things about Frankenstein is that there had to be at least a few kids in America with parents who actually believed that it might be a fun game for their kids to play. Sure the kid may be into monsters, but little did they know that Frankenstein was all it takes to prove to these kids that there is no god. Or at least, if there is a god, he sure as hell is not a benevolent one.