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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.7
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Critic Reviews

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100 (Dec, 2003)
Die für die Leistung der kleinen NES-Konsole absolut perfekte technische Präsentation lässt keinen Wunsch offen. Schöne Grafiken, eine nette Hintergrundmusik, präzise und unkomplizierte Spielsteuerung und absolut keine Slowdowns sorgen für die richtige Spielatmosphäre. Startropics ist bis jetzt in jeder Hinsicht das beste Spiel, das ich auf dem NES gespielt habe.
Just Games Retro (Jul 18, 2014)
Despite that little bit of emotional scarring, and after calming down, I have to say that StarTropics is still nothing short of a great game. The overwhelming majority of it is a very well-balanced adventure game that definitely deserves a spot up at the top of the NES heap. It looks good, plays well, rewards patience and observation, and yet, doesn’t really punish anyone…until the end. Also, for anyone reading who owns a Wii, you can also scoop up a copy on the Virtual Console, and I would definitely invite you to give it a try…and if you decide to turn the game off after reaching the spaceship, I do not blame you.
I usually resent rip-offs -- games lacking an original premise, usually by a no-name manufacturer attempting to break into the business with a tried and true method of gameplay. But what about when one company rips off itself? And, further, what if the game is actually good? Really, really good? Such is the case with Nintendo's StarTropics, very much a rehash of its classic Legend of Zelda yet, at the same time, very much an excellent game.
Nintendojo (1996)
This is a great game and remains one of my favorites to this day. It is also a perfect example of the type of game an old-school gamer would be talking about when he is telling you these kids today wouldn’t know a difficult game if it bit them. This is a lengthy and fun with a story that is unintentionally funny to boot.
Adventure game fans rejoice! StarTropics features adventure as big as the deep blue sea in an epic quest with cosmic consequences.
Total! (Germany) (Jun, 1997)
Die gelungene Mischung aus. Adventure- und Actionelementen in Verbindung mit einer Interessanten und abwechslungsreichen Story macht den besonderen Reiz des Spiels aus. Und auch technisch kann sich StarTropics durchaus noch sehen lassen: Kunterbunte Schauplätze, in denen es von abwechslungsreichen. liebevoll gestylten Monstern nur so wimmelt, ein stimmungsvoller Soundtrack und eine gelungene Steuerung lassen kaum noch Wünsche offen. Wenn das Taschengeki also für einen Urlaub in der Südsee nicht reicht, dann bleibt StarTropics eine erwägenswerte Alternative
The Video Game Critic (Aug 21, 2010)
Startropics may test your resolve, but if you don't give it a try you're just letting the best things in life just pass you by.
With plentiful dialogue and characters, the story is complex for the NES. Like many action-RPGs, you spend the game fetching items for people so they’ll help you: fortune teller lost her crystal ball, you go find it. These quests become progressively more significant, leading to a satisfying conclusion.
NES Times (Jul 15, 2006)
While StarTropics is still a great Nintendo outing, the negatives described above keep it from paradise. If the gameplay controls were done better and the challenge better balanced, then this cart would have scored much higher. In face Nintendo addressed these issues when they brought out Zoda's Revenge in 1994. As it stands, this game does do a good job of providing a good time in your NES system, and adventures fans won't be disappointed. If you can tolerate the controls and the frustration, then you'll have a nice trip through the Tropics, but I’d recommend the sequel just a bit more.
No island vacation is complete without robot-driven submarines, walking skull-ostriches, and alien abductions. Startropics features all these things and more in an adventure that mixes the exploration of an RPG with overhead action similar to the Zelda games. While there is a definite nostalgic charm about the whole affair, it is tempered by some unfortunate flaws in the gameplay.
75 (Jul 22, 2013)
Despite StarTropics’ problems, it’s still a unique spin on a Zelda-style dungeon crawler. Very few companies other than Nintendo could make a game teeming with flaws, and still have the overall package be worth experiencing. Any self-respecting retro gamer should seek it out.
Video Games (Jul, 1992)
Besteht normalerweise die Gefahr, daß die Lösung eines Action-Adventures nicht lange auf sich warten läßt, haben bei Star Tropics auch Experten ordentlich zu knabbern. Allerdings werden Einsteiger etwas überfordert - diese sollten sich lieber Zelda zulegen.
neXGam (2002)
Auf der Suche nach einer Herausforderung? Gut - hier ist sie. Zugegeben, irgendwie reizt mich Star Tropics trotz des immensen Schwierigkeitsgrades doch immer wieder, was aber wohl mehr auf der "Das kann doch nicht sein" Tatsache beruht, als auf spielerischem Genuß. Wer kein Sammler ist und sich nicht Mr. Joypad rufen lässt, investiert seine Kröten besser in Altmeister Link. Denn da sind eure Flocken deutlich besser angelegt.
Play Time (Nov, 1992)
Alles in allem ein recht unkompliziertes Action- Abenteuer, das aber voller Rätselchen ist. Es müssen erst noch Einzelmissionen gelöst werden, um das Gesamtspiel zu knacken. Man kommt eigentlich immer weiter, Ihr müßt nur schön nach versteckten Gängen und Durchlässen suchen. Außerdem könnt Íhr dank Speicherung immer in dem zuletzt gespielten Level weitermachen.
Retro Game Age (Apr 21, 2014)
Star Tropics is a solid alternative to Zelda and a game that I urge any fan of action RPGs to seek out. Nintendo’s use of Zelda as a starting point works in the game’s favor and in the end Star Tropics is unique enough that it shouldn’t be a deterrent.
HonestGamers (Apr 27, 2013)
The game’s difficulty is a miscalculation, and that’s a real shame because it likely prevented StarTropics from catching on with gamers the way it otherwise might have. It still does have its fans, though, and they are well-deserved; there is a terrific game here, hidden beneath some cruel difficulty that will make many modern gamers cringe and even old school gamers blink. Only the most dedicated players will ever see the adventure through to its conclusion. If you're the sort who proudly laughs in the face of any challenge, StarTropics is the game for you. If you thought even The Legend of Zelda was needlessly difficult, though, you'll probably want to sit this one out and just enjoy watching a “Let's Play” video on YouTube instead…
Link-Cable (May 30, 2016)
At $4.99 though on the Wii U Virtual Console, StarTropics is an interesting proposition. No this isn’t a ‘classic’ Nintendo game, and it definitely doesn’t hold up to its contemporaries as well but at that price I do feel it is worth a try. I mean for the price of a bag of chips and a coke you can give this flawed but interesting NES game a try and who knows, maybe you’ll get some fun out of it. Just don’t expect another Zelda.
Startropics could've turned out to be a true classic, but too much frustration revolves around the poor ability to control your character. If you can deal with all of the above, then Startropics can actually be a pretty good game. Although you'll play through the same level many times due to constant death, they are usually well designed, even if you have to jump on way too many tiles. The plot is actually pretty good too, as it brings an unexpected sci-fi twist to this game (that's where the "star" in "Startropics" comes from.) If you have a very high tolerance level and plenty of time, Startropics can be very fun, and even addicting.
If you've played Zelda then imagine Link with a Yo Yo and you've basically have Star Tropics. While the quest is a bit challenging the game suffers from the lack of originality and quickly becomes tiring. OK, if you're into quest games and have nothing else to play.