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A big issue here is that there is often not nearly enough
in the movie that translates to a video game experience. Therefore,
players must play keep away from vermin in Central Park with a
stock of beaded necklaces. It’s an ugly, miserable mess.
As lackluster as the first Home Alone game was, its gameplay at least resembled the movie. Not so with Home Alone 2, a dismal platform game that has Kevin facing off against vacuum cleaners, flying mops, possessed suitcases, and bomb-throwing shop clerks. The controls are appallingly bad, the visuals are sloppy, and the frustration level is extremely high. There's no excuse for a game released so late in the NES' life to be this bad.
I doubt anyone at Nintendo played it after its release either, or else they'd have been smart enough to petition to wipe retailers of this skunky burden. And if you are secretly hoarding a copy, then you should do something about it now! If you live anywhere outside North America, consider yourself extremely lucky. You didn't get this game, and we suffered for you. Frankly, you owe us for saving you from this garbage bombshell!
Thankfully, Home Alone 2 isn’t as soul-suckingly empty as the first game, but it takes on a crapulence all its own throughout its four levels.
Much like the movie, Home Alone 2 on the NES feels like a rushed, by-the-numbers money-grab.