Wrath of the Black Manta (NES)

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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 2.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 2.9
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 2.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.5
Overall User Score (13 votes) 2.8

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Nova York, nos Estados Unidos, está em alerta: crianças estão desaparecendo misteriosamente. Pais já não se sentem seguros e trancam seus filhos em casa. E não é para menos: a polícia e o FBI ainda não têm nenhuma pista dos desaparecimentos. Só que uma das crianças desaparecidas, uma aprendiz de artes marciais, deixou uma pista para seu mestre: "fomos seqüestrados e estamos presos perto da grande cachoeira". O mestre não hesita, e convoca Black Manta, um expert em artes marciais, para resolver o caso. É quando você entra em cena.
Mean Machines
There are many things I like about this game, such as the fabulous between-level screens which tell a story, the fact that there are loads of secret rooms, and that the gameplay is fun with quite a bit of variety - especially the madcap flying ninja level where he looks like he's been strapped to flying bed. However, these decent features are let down by the naff in-game graphics (the sprites are awful and the animation is poor) and the rather average sound. Black Manta is a pretty good Shinobi type game, and should be enjoyed by ardent beat 'em up fans.
Power Play
Die Entwickler versuchten, mit Wrath of the Black Manta nicht weniger als einen Shinobi-Konkurrenten für das NES zu entwickeln. Im großen und ganzen ist der Action-Geschicklichkeitsmix gelungen; neben der Unoriginalität des Spielprinzips trüben jedoch andere Kleinigkeiten den Spielspaß. So hüpfen, laufen und ballern die Gegner etwas konfus in der Gegend herum, vom Geist des edlen Vorbildes ist wenig zu spüren. Der Sound ist uninspiriert, die Grafik flackert. Letztere ist nett anzusehen, doch bei der Realisation der imposanten Endgegner fehlt das Flackern seltsamerweise: Wie hat Taito das nur hinbekommen?
The Video Game Critic
Still cut-scenes reveal our hero to be a preppy blonde guy in a purple outfit. The crooks and hostages all sport huge hairdos from the 1970's, and I swear I saved John Davidson at one point. The first boss is named "Tiny", and he looks like a 20-foot tall version of Mini Me. One part of the game that threw me for a loop were the ninja flying around on blankets. When did ninja start doing that? Black Manta features distinctive background music that sounds great at first but gets on your nerves after a while. For those who played Wrath of the Black Manta as a kid, revisiting this game is sure to be very amusing. But even those new to the game are likely to appreciate its "so bad it's good" quality.
A moins d'un oubli tragique de ma part, Wrath of the Black Manta est le premier jeu de ninja à être sorti sur nos NES françaises, on en parlait bien avant Shadow Warriors. On ne peut pas dire que cela l'aura beaucoup avantagé. C'est un jeu maladroit, bizarre aussi, à l'image de ces pseudo scènes de shoot'em up en cerf-volant et de celles de tir, au dernier niveau, visualisées en fil de fer (oui, façon Crossed Swords). On se demande ce que ça vient faire là. Est-ce que ça apporte quelque chose en plus ? Peut-être, mais pas de la qualité, plutôt une touche d'incohérence finale, l'entonnoir ou le slip sur la tête du fou. Les jutsu, avec leur gestion surfaite et leur usage curieux, font un peu la même chose.
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Die Grafik ist recht mager, Spielablauf und Kampftechniken sind es ebenfalls. Über den Sound brauchen wir nicht zu sprechen. An offensichtliche Vorbilder wie Super Shinobi kommt das Game nicht heran, denn dafür ist es einfach zu durchschnittlich.
When you ignore the story, horrible graphics, and child-insulting dialogue, this game is really not that bad. The in-game functions are creative and very cool, especially for its time. I find it very upsetting that this game must be cursed due to the fact that its had so many drawbacks. Any way you look at it though, for what it's worth, Wrath of the Black Manta is probably the best 2 bucks I ever spent.