Silver Surfer Reviews (NES)

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The Frail Cosmic Surfer Dbchannel (93) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
One of the hardest NES games ETJB (450) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars
This game is hard, legendary hard. anton binas (2) 0.8 Stars0.8 Stars0.8 Stars0.8 Stars0.8 Stars

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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 2.8
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 2.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.3
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 2.8
Overall User Score (19 votes) 3.0

Critic Reviews

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VideoGame (May, 1991)
Galactus é um ser cósmico, cuja fome por energia levou-o a devorar planetas inteiros. Ele criou o Surfista Prateado para vagar pelo espaço, à procura de planetas desabitados que pudesse consumir. Ameçado por seis demônios do Domínio Mágico, o Surfista Prateado deve ajudá-lo.
GamePro (US) (Mar, 1991)
Beware: this cart can seriously dampen your spirits. No kidding, beginners and the mentally unstable should hunt elsewhere for NES thrills. To beat Silver Surfer, you probably have to be an outer space being yourself!
The boss battles, strangely, aren’t nearly as difficult as the levels that precede them. The soundtrack is very good, with some rocking tracks to keep you grooving while you’re desperately shooting and trying to survive. There’s a pretty good shooter here, but it’s hidden beneath some serious difficulty. Casual gamers: Proceed with caution.
Take a comic book hero and put him in into a Gradius type shooter situation and the end result would be something like Silver Surfer. Sporting the coolest tunes to come from a NES game in some time, not to mention plenty to shoot at, Silver Surfer fares better than most in the genre.
Loosely based on the adventures of Marvel Comics' superhero of the same name, who has been fighting intergalactic bad guys since 1966, Silver Surfer for the NES is a mindlessly enjoyable shooter with above average graphics, gameplay and sound. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's venerable creation blasts away at supervillains, fish (!), frogs (!!) and other enemies through two types of intermittently changing perspectives (horizontal side view and vertical bird's-eye view). Control is smooth, and the thumbs get a good workout, but it is sometimes hard to tell which objects are obstacles and what parts of the background you can fly safely over, creating moments of frustration. All in all a solid, if somewhat flawed, game.
50 (May, 2013)
Silver Surfer becomes fast-paced and engaging, with hypnotic music to drive you on… until you die again and lose whatever power-ups you may have gained. Many people will become aggravated long before they reach this point, however, and just turn the game off. I don’t blame them, though I do feel that, beneath the cheap hit detection and pathetic rendering of the Silver Surfer character, lies what could have been a solid shoot-em-up. Silver Surfer isn’t as difficult or as bad of a game as many make it out to be, but it certainly wastes its potential with poor game design.
HonestGamers (May 30, 2007)
Then again, I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised that a third-rate hero would wind up in a third-rate game. Sure, Silver Surfer might have some decent graphics and I have to give the designers a bit of credit for at least trying to give the game a bit of depth by allowing players to adjust how the options fire, but this is simply a very poor game. There are too many cheap deaths which are far more punishing than they should be. But without them, this would be a non-challenging offering with some of the weakest bosses I’ve ever seen in a shooter. Regardless of the few positives I could see in Silver Surfer, this game is a failure both as a shooter and as an attempt to promote a Marvel character.
The Video Game Critic (Dec 09, 2014)
The manual includes some history and a short comic, but it's little more than a consolation prize for buying a failure of a game that should have been good.