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Atari ST User (Oct, 1989)
When I first saw the game I was very wary - how could such a namby pamby looking game, full of sickeningly cute characters, hold the attention of the average game player? No aliens, no blood, no dismembered bodies - no chance! How wrong I was. The New Zealand Story is a first rated arcade game - it is fast, responsive and extremely addictive.
Graphically identical to the Amiga version, The New Zealand Story on the ST differs only in the quality of sound effects, though the slightly tinny tune detracts very little from the sheer playability of this arcade-perfect conversion.
Fast and smooth. Slightly let down by the sound FX and music. There is nothing particularly complicated about the NZ Story's sound - the ST ought to have been up to it. Still rates as a superb conversion despite the gripe.
ST Action (Nov, 1991)
This was a really special game at the time and hasn't lost much of its appeal over the years. Still one of the better cutesy platform games that'll have you coming back to it time and time again. The New Zealand Story is a good product at a very, very nice price.
ST Format (Oct, 1989)
Everything about the game radiates cuteness, from the little boys throwing boomerangs to the little chip that you utter when you lose a life. It's rare for an arcade conversion to be good and playable, but the utter cuteness of the game along with the infuriatingly addictive gameplay combine to make it excellent fun. In some ways it's reminiscent of Bubble Bobble by Firebird, with the platform jumping and monsters turning into edible substances - but that's something in its favour, Bubble Bobble was an excellent game. Pack away the mindlessly violent part of your nature and get into some serious silliness.
Power Play (1989)
New Zealand Story ist ein putziges Programm, das dank seiner technischen Qualität und des klassisch-guten Spielprinzips Spaß macht.
Technisch gibt es bei den 16-Bit-Fassungen wenig auszusetzen. Die Animation ist okay, der Sound durchschnittlich, aber nicht unbedingt schlecht. Nur das Vier-Wege-Scrolling ruckt (unverständlicherweise) mal wieder auf beiden Rechnern, aber in einem erträglichen Maß. Das einzig Störende bei diesen beiden Fassungen ist eigentlich nur der Preis von ca. 85 DM, den ich für ein Spiel dieser Art für überzogen halte. Schade drum, den zu einem günstigeren Preis wäre New Zealand Story eines Hitsternes würdig.
Retro Archives (Oct 27, 2018)
The New Zealand Story débarque sur Atari ST avec une réalisation très proche de celle de la version Amiga. Certes, la fenêtre de jeu est un peu plus petite, le titre est très légèrement moins coloré – mais il faut vraiment mettre les deux portages côte-à-côte pour s’en rendre compte. La bonne nouvelle est que le plaisir de jeu, lui, est toujours là, alors pourquoi se priver?