Totally Should Have Been Recalled
Total Recall has one thing going for it; the game's storyline and levels do closely follow the film. While their are many problems with this game, at least someone at Acclaim took the time to watch the film or read the script.
During the 8-bit era, Acclaim had a reputation for making less then good titles, which did not improve when the bought LJN. For better or for the worse this was a company that produced titles that seemed to have been rushed when it came to graphics, sound, control and overall playability.
Total Recall's graphics and sound are simply average. They are not horrible and you can generally recognize locations and or themes from the film, but the NES was capable of much better.
In terms of playability, Arnold has few offensive or defensive moves, in comparison to the film, and he the suffers from animated stiffness and poor hit detection.
The Bottom Line
Total Recall was a great science fiction film that had lots of potential as a video game. While, the game closely follows the film's storyline its graphics, sound and playability are, at best, average and probably should have been recalled.