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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.
Credits (NES version)
18 People (16 developers, 2 thanks)
Average score: 75% (based on 26 ratings)
Average score: 3.8 out of 5 (based on 41 ratings with 2 reviews)
The graphics for this game still look great after 16 years, Nintendo didn't skimp when they made this gem. The music is catchy and uses perfect mood music when something dramatic happens. There is quite a variety of items/weapons that you will use throughout the game and a lot of the game requires that you use them rather than have them sit in your inventory. One of the best things about this game is that each chapter has you doing something that relates to the story while keeping the gameplay fresh and unique.
Your character will sometimes jump straight in the air rather than in the direction you want him to for some reason and while this isn't a problem in most cases, this can sometimes me the difference between life and death. While most of this game could be considered easy to moderately difficult, there are two parts in this game which are extremely difficult.
The Bottom Line
You should pick up this game if you like action or platform games, try to get it with an instruction manual or get an online guide, your gonna need it!
NES · by Excellence (72) · 2006
I never seem to get bored of playing this game, while it is somewhat primitive, it still is amazing. At the time, this game had advanced graphics, catchy music, and a good storyline.
Its primitive programming. Perhaps it was limited memory, but its hard stopping on time because you want to stop while Mike is still moving, but he sometimes will move when you dont want to, also turning sharply makes him stop then move again, this makes Captain Bell's bowling ball's a real pain sometimes. Also you can only shoot in 4 directions, while monsters can shoot in 8 directions.
The Bottom Line
Although its battle programing is a bit flawed, it is still a great game to play.
NES · by Scott G (765) · 2007
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 Sites +
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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Game added October 20, 2002. Last modified February 1, 2024.