Read the full review here.
“Following the exploits of our intrepid explorer Harry, Adventure Island is a fast-paced scrolling platformer in a jungle-type setting with both the appropriate elements (snake and bird enemies) and the eyebrow-raising unexpected features (power-ups like the skateboard or helpful fairy). Does it belong in the famed halls of NES lore?”
– from the full review, which you can read here.
Yes folks, this is another game that I differ from the opinion of many (see: Bubble Bobble). There are people who absolutely love this game. I have seen bloggers put it on their top ten NES games lists, thoroughly recommend it, and expound upon its virtues. I certainly do not believe it is a bad game, and I would not begrudge anyone if they believed I was being a tad harsh, but this is a fast-paced platformer with an island theme. It is not terrible, not a one-star game, but what is it exactly then? Nice, enjoyable, but not overwhelmingly spectacular in its presentation, not too deep (perhaps I value this vague “depth” item too much, you may say), and just not my “thing,” so to speak. Every gamer has their own particular tastes, and Adventure Island is not my cup of tea, or even my cup of coffee. Feel free to bring on the flames, or dare to be courageous with me and agree that there are many NES titles that offer a richer gameplay experience and more replay value. Keep in mind though, I do have two sequels to review in the future. Rant over.