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Written by  :  browned (126)
Written on  :  Apr 10, 2015
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Wolverine Doesn't Drink Beer

The Good

Wolverine has a lot of good things going for it, especially when you consider the fact that this is a video game published by infamous LJN Toys Inc.

LJN Toys Inc. was successful when it came to toys, and they sold some classic action figures in the 1980s. However, when it came to video games, the company became noteworthy for poorly designed games, often based on popular film, and comic book franchises. Wolverine is a surprisingly good game, despite being published by the LJN label.

Wolverine features superior 8-bit graphics, music and sound effects. This is probably one of the best-looking and sounding video games ever to be released under the LJN label.

The game's many different platforming levels are well-designed with a surreal look.

Wolverine is easy to control and -- but for a few problems -- this could be one of the best platforming games designed for the NES home console system.

The Bad

Wolverine's main attack involves punching with trademark claws, which deplete your precious hit points every time that you use them. That is right...ever time that you select the claws (as opposed to a regular punch) your character gets close to death.

Why did the developers of the game do this? It is not how Wolverine's abilities function in the comic books It serves no purpose in the game, other then to try and artificially lengthen the game.

Another major design flaw is the "rage" feature in the game. When you kill enough minor enemies in the game, you gain a temporarily "rage" mode where Wolverine rapidly punches, kicks and is basically impossible to control. Why did the designers put this feature in the game, when it really serves as an annoying, possibly fatal, distraction?

Wolverine takes damage quickly in this game, because their is no brief period of invincibility when you are hit. This was a standard practice among many video games of this era, so it is odd to see this feature absent in this Wolverine NES video game.

The ability to summon certain X-men for temporary assistance is novel, but the X-men are hard to control and vanish fast. It would been better if the game allowed you to play the game as Wolverine and a few other X-men.

Last, but not least, their are no real objectives in the game's levels beyond finding the exit (how all of these levels take place on one island is beyond me).

After you complete all of the levels in the game, you have a final battle with Sabretooth and Magneto, but otherwise their are no bosses in the game.

The Bottom Line

Wolverine is a side-scrolling platformer featuring superior graphics, music and sound effects. The game could have benefited from a bit more story. Some of the game play mechanics could have been fined tuned and I would have liked to see more bosses and more playable characters. Despite these complaints, Wolverine is an impressive platformer that should please comic book fans looking for a challenge.

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