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In StarTropics, you play the part of Michael Jones. Mike's uncle (Dr. Jones, a famous archaeologist) is on C-Island looking for some lost ruins and has invited Mike to come visit him. However, shortly after arriving on the island Mike learns from Chief Coralcola that Dr. Jones has recently been abducted! Now it is up to Mike to locate Dr. Jones and find out why he was abducted.

StarTropics is an action game with light role-playing elements, played from an overhead point of view. Starting out with just an island yo-yo, Mike will need to search the island for Dr. Jones. The villagers may be able to offer some clues, there are many dangerous enemies to defeat, and along the way there are a variety of new weapons and other items to be found which will help Mike on his quest. The cartridge uses a battery backup to allow games to be saved.


StarTropics NES Skulls impede your progress
StarTropics Wii An overworld cave passage
StarTropics Wii A letter from your uncle
StarTropics NES What could the secret be?

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User Reviews

A tropical adventure and a great game. NES Excellence (104)
Great Game, and great story NES Scott G (729)

Critic Reviews

Just Games Retro NES Jul 18, 2014 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Total! (Germany) NES Jun, 1997 1.75 out of 6 85
IGN Wii Jan 07, 2008 8.5 out of 10 85
The Video Game Critic NES Aug 21, 2010 B+ 83
Nintendo Life Wii Jan 08, 2008 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
Game Informer Magazine NES Jul, 2005 7.75 out of 10 78
neXGam NES 2002 7.4 out of 10 74
Play Time NES Nov, 1992 71 out of 100 71
Hardcore Gaming 101 NES 2000 6 out of 10 60 (UK) Wii Jan 12, 2008 5 out of 10 50


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Included in the original package was a typed letter from uncle Steve printed in a unique parchment-style paper. This "feelie" served a unique purpose, as dipping it in water (as instructed in the letter) revealed a puzzle clue vital to complete the game.

Related Web Sites

  • C-Island (Excellent page devoted to StarTropics.)
  • Howard & Nester do StarTropics (A regular feature in Nintendo Power magazine, Howard & Nester was a comic strip about two game whizzes who would one-up each other, while disclosing hints and tips, in the settings of various recently-released games for the NES platform. In Volume 22's two-page installment, Howard follows the advice of friendly locals in trying to get Sub-C to submerge, while Nester and the Nav-Com robot (Nintendo's Robotic Operating Buddy, in a cameo) try a more direct approach.)
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