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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.5
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.2
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.5
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.5
Overall User Score (13 votes) 3.4

Critic Reviews

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Génération 4 (Feb, 1991)
C'est un bon jeu dans le genre de Mario et autre Wonderboy, et qui a enchanté l'ensemble de la rédaction !
Nintendojo (Mar 11, 2006)
The game’s platforming mechanics with the use of Balloon Fight physics work perfectly to add a new dimension to the genre. It’s too bad this game has gone under the radar for so long. The Balloon Trip mode offers classic arcade style gameplay and the main adventure, although short, is worth going back to. If you’ve never heard of this Yokoi gem and want to give it a chance, it's only $5-10 on eBay.
Raze (Jul, 1991)
Despite the corny storyline, horribly cute main characters, and the similarity with other platform games, I must admit that Balloon Kid did actually keep me playing for quite a long while. If you've got a spare £20, you could do a lot worse than swapping it for this.
Retro Game Reviews (Nov 04, 2015)
Balloon Kid is packed with charm but don't be fooled by its cutesy exterior as the later stages are extremely challenging. Although the platforming and bosses are weak the majority of the game is enjoyable and overall it's a worthy sequel that successfully expands on the ideas found in the Arcade original.
This bizarre release stars a girl who flies around the horizontally scrolling screens with the aid of a clutch of balloons! Watch out for the evil sprites and spikes, desperate to pop your balloons! Strangely addictive, Balloon Kid is quite enjoyable - but the repetitive action makes it a short-lived game.
Power Play (May, 1991)
"Balloon Kid", anfangs noch recht simpel, entwickelt sich schon bald zu einem vertrackten Geschicklichkeitstest mit langer Spielwitzgarantie. Bis man die Steuerung im Griff hat, zerplatzen die Ballons und Spielerträume gleich serienweise. Bonusrunden und Extraenergie-Ballons sorgen für luftigen Dauerspaß.
The Game Hoard (Aug 01, 2018)
Balloon Kid’s modes are all about setting up obstacle courses for a very specific form of balloon-based flight, and that’s a goal it definitely met. Almost everything in Balloon Kid is a test of your ability to predict the momentum of Alice’s flight, but a lack of mechanical creativity means that’s all you’ll really be doing. It’s shortness prevents it from getting stale at least, but it won’t really excite with its slow difficulty escalation and limited variety. It’s a decent showcase for what it does have and it offers both structured and freeform single-player modes to stretch that out a bit more, but saying it’s just a slightly meatier Balloon Fight without a combat mode is not totally inaccurate.
Video Games (Mar, 1991)
Die verschiedenen Parcours aus Luftballons, kantigen Hindernissen und garstigen Feinden erfordern viel Fingerspitzengefühl. Zu Beginn fällt die Kontrolle über Alice samt ihren Luftballons nicht leicht, doch nach einigen Luftabenteuern entwickelt man eine erstaunliche Routine. Die drei verschiedenen Spielmodi retten das an sich durchschnittliche Geschicklichkeitsspiel vor dem Mittelmaß-Nirwana. Die Ballonfahrt kann zwar nicht monatelang begeistern, doch vor allem der Zweikampf mit einem Partner ist immer wieder ein Spielchen wert. Alleine packt man das Modul nach ein paar Wochen in die Kommode.
Mean Machines (Apr, 1991)
Although the angle's an interesting one, I can't help thinking that this is a mediocre game. It lacks the thrills to keep me coming back, and I can't really recommend it. Super Mario Land is still the best "cute" game around, so buy that instead.