Jaws



Read the review here.

“Usually, movie-themed video games are developed too quickly, as they seek to capitalized on a film’s popularity as rapidly as popular. While this may have been the case with Jaws, it does not show; the game is actually decent on its own merits, with some interesting themes.”
– from the full review, which you can read here.

This would be one of my favorite movie-license NES video games. Not only did I spend a lot of time playing it growing up, making it a sentimental favorite, but it was genuinely a fun diversion in its own right (with the exception of the final portion being so frustratingly difficult, though that was probably appropriate and likely added to the replay value with more attempts). If we were to be completely honest, it did a pretty good job of presenting multiple elements of gameplay, with each being competent on its own merits, especially for a movie game. The overworld sailing, the underwater combat (you hated getting stuck in the shallows with less room to maneuver), and perhaps the best part: What other video game had bonus levels where you bombed jellyfish? A unique, quirky, interesting little title.

On an off-topic note: I am glad to be done with Crappy Games Week! Thank you, readers and visitors, for participating in the poll and helping determine NintendoLegend.com content by direct interaction, even if I had to slog through a week of terrible NES games. There will certainly be more horrible titles in the future, but at least they can just be the intervals between “normal” games, or even classics. However, just a fair warning, this week may be light on new reviews; but I promise that, if that happens, it will be for good reason. Stay tuned…

Update:  So, remember how I said this was a sentimental favorite of mine? I wrote about that, in a more informal retrospective piece called Retro Gaming Reflections: Jaws (NES).

And I even made a Let’s Play video for this game:

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