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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.


StarTropics NES Title screen
StarTropics NES Skulls impede your progress
StarTropics NES Overhead view of the island
StarTropics NES Carefully jump across the water to safety!

Promo Images

StarTropics Screenshot
StarTropics Screenshot
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StarTropics Screenshot

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User Reviews

A tropical adventure and a great game. Excellence (113) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
Great Game, and great story Scott G (793) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars

Critic Reviews

Just Games Retro Jul 18, 2014 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Nintendo Power Magazine Feb, 1991 4.3 out of 5 86
Total! (Germany) Jun, 1997 1.75 out of 6 85
The Video Game Critic Aug 21, 2010 B+ 83
Video Games Jul, 1992 75 out of 100 75
neXGam 2002 7.4 out of 10 74
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) Apr 27, 2013 7 out of 10 70
Link Cable Gaming May 30, 2016 6.3 out of 10 63
Hardcore Gaming 101 2000 6 out of 10 60
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Apr, 1991 19 out of 40 48


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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 Web Sites

  • C-Island (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.)
Servo (57355) added StarTropics (NES) on Oct 19, 2002
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