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The best TG-16 game? N.A.C. (Not A Chance) Katakis | カタキス (42056) unrated

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Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.2
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.5
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.7
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.4
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.6
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 3.6
Overall User Score (12 votes) 3.5

Critic Reviews

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IGN (Sep 03, 2008)
I can't see why Keith Courage in Alpha Zones has yet to appear on the Virtual Console. It's boring, sure -- but it's not like there aren't any clunkers already available for download. At least give Wii owners a chance to see one of the reasons the Turbo stumbled. If you have a real-deal TurboGrafx-16 in your collection, you likely already own this middling platformer. But if you are strangely without it, don't pay very much for it should you add it to your library. It's just such a mediocre experience.
Alles in allem bin ich jedoch von WATARU sehr enttäuscht, denn den Spieler erwartet nur ein eher durchschnittliches, wenn auch technisch gutes Hüpf- und Kletterspiel, was vor allem an der Einfallslosigkeit der Programmierer liegt. Zu wenig „eigene“ Ideen, zu wenig Action machen WATARU bald zu einem Trauerspiel, einem billigen Abklatsch von Hits wie Son Son II.
50 (Dec 18, 2019)
Keith Courage in the Alpha Zones was an average game back in the day and remains so now. If this weren’t packed in with the system I doubt anyone would have bought it. I’ll say this; I would still rather play Keith Courage than Altered Beast. But that is faint praise. Let this stay forgotten by history like it deserves.
The Game Hoard (Feb 11, 2018)
Plain levels, plain enemies, and with nothing to drive you forward but plenty to hold you in one place for an overly long period of time, it’s no surprise Keith Courage’s last adventure was this Turbografx game. Perhaps if the gameplay didn’t have to slow down for coin-grinding then it could at least be a generic action platformer with a few annoying death traps and a screen size that can’t properly contain all the action the game wants to have. In a strange way, the grinding also helps keep the game from being completely terrible, as you at least have a way to bounce back from death and are given the means to handle the moments where enemies are ridiculously abundant and aggressive. It’s in a sweet spot of not giving you enough to enjoy but not giving you enough to truly despise either.
Video Game Den (Feb 14, 2016)
All in all, Mashin Eiyūden Wataru had potential but it feels unfinished, unpolished and totally unbalanced.
Random Access (May 09, 2013)
Now do this seven times, and you have Keith Courage in Alpha Zones, the zones likely being the areas below the Earth's surface... I think. But it's not the greatest game to showcase a new console. The gameplay doesn't shout "innovative" or even, at times, "on par with what came out on seemingly inferior consoles this year". The graphics are definitely a step above the rival NES and Sega Master System, but they still don't show off how awesome owning a Turbo-Grafx 16 should be. The music is shrill at times and just downright boring at others. Keith Courage in Alpha Zones is generic. Horribly generic. Perhaps the Japanese version had some character (and an anime series to draw from), but the localization team sucked the personality out of the game and left only its shell. We can't blame Turbo-Grafx 16's complete American desecration on Keith Courage alone, but it certainly didn't help the console move off the shelves.
Keith Courage in Alpha Zones puts players in the title role as he runs, jumps on platforms, and battles an odd assortment of monsters (including elongated skulls and giant gun creatures) with his sword. The action is divided into two sections: the Overworld and the Underworld, both of which are flawed. The Overworld has shops in which players can purchase health and enhanced weaponry (bombs and a longer sword), but the going is slow and tedious. The action heats up (and speeds up) in the Underworld as Keith dons his battlemech-like Nova Suit and fights bosses and other creatures, but cheap deaths (enemies push you into instantly fatal red spikes) and repetition mar the experience. The graphics are repetitive as well. Keith Courage has a generous health replacement system and unlimited continues, helping mask the game's prohibitive difficulty level and unbalanced gameplay, but there's no masking the fact that this was a poor choice for a pack-in title with the TurboGrafx-16 system.
Netjak (Apr 02, 2008)
Keith Courage in Alpha Zones may seem tough at first, but once you figure out the underworlds and bosses, it’s a snap. This is a game which would rather overwhelm you than challenge you. If you see Keith Courage in Alpha Zones, there’s no shame in being Keith Coward and running away from it.
The Video Game Critic (Apr 04, 2004)
The collision detection isn't so hot, but this often works to you advantage as you can sometimes whack things with your sword that should be out of reach. The underground areas are so repetitive that I thought I was going in circles when I really wasn't. Keith Courage is awfully generic and seriously lacking in the fun department. The designers tried to piece together a lot of disjoint ideas, resulting in an awkward mess. You get unlimited continues, but it's unlikely you'll want to use them.