GB – #45 – Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters

History:
Between the game magazines, living in a video store, and watching Captain N (what?) it was impossible for me to NOT know about Kid Icarus and its winged protagonist, Pit. That said, I can safely say I don’t think I’ve ever played a game in the series before!

Expectation:
It feels weird for me to be starting my journey in this series with the second entry, even through the original will be played soon on the NES list. As for expectations I’m really just hoping for a solid platformer that I don’t have to think too hard about it given its portable nature.


Night 1:

Alright, let’s get this game going!

*insert cartridge*

Black screen, no problem. Reseat, black screen… freeze at Gameboy logo… blue grid pattern… Hey the game works!

Okay, this is pretty cool, jumping around, shooting my bow, killing some bat. Hey, I’m thirsty! I’ll just set the Gameboy down real quick and grab a- Oh, the game crash… hm… Okay, we’ll crack it open, clean the contacts, a bit of masking tape on the back of the board to keep it from rattling in its shell. There, good as new!

Black screen…

I put the game in my other GBA, no luck. Super Gameboy, nope. Gamecube GBA Player, nu-uh. How about an actual Gameboy Color? Denied.

I’ve brought some gnarly games back from the dead. I’m pretty sure when I cleaned my wife’s copy of Donkey Kong Country I wiped out an entire sentient civilization. Kid Icarus, I think, is a lost cause.

I’ve started the return process and now have to decide whether I want to wait for another copy to arrive, buy the 3DS virtual console version, or just emulate the damn thing.

Update:

A new copy is en route while the first copy was RMA’d. Guess I’ll be taking a break from the Gameboy for a few days.


Night 2:

Took a while, but I finally have a new copy of the game that works perfectly. The new problem is finding the time. I had to work through my lunch today so I only got to spend about 10 minutes with it, but it seemed fun enough. A bit pointless… but fun enough. I’ll have to see where the game goes either tonight or tomorrow.


Night 3:

I got some more time to play today, and I still haven’t really generated an opinion…

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Yeah? How about a map? The scrolling stages make me feel like I’m just running around in circles, and aside from the quick blurb in the intro I have absolutely zero sense of purpose or direction, and that’s making me bored.

I get what all the items do, and I’ve made it to Stage 1-3, and it looks like a boss comes next. I’ll try to play some more tonight as my thumb recovers from Super C, but I think the only way I’ll be able to get through this one is with a walkthrough…

Later…

Played the game at home for about an hour while the kids watched a movie and, man, I am NOT feeling it. The game I mean… not the movie… Bolt… freakin’ adorable…

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I’ve about got the first tower, dungeon, boss room, whatever down to the point that if I’m not being stupid I can make it to the boss without taking any damage. Once I’m there, however, I usually end up looking at this…

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…Yep. I’ll give it another day or two and see if I can just get through it. Part of what’s making this difficult for me is that next on the list is Kid Dracula, and I really can’t wait to try that one!

I will probably do some Youtube research to see if there’s an easier way to get through the parts I’m struggling with, but like Tomb Raider before it, this game is just making me bored more than anything else.


Night 4:

So I sat down for lunch today and decided to, well, try harder… I started a new game and started to get a better feel for how the game actually wanted me to play it. I farmed some hearts for a while, cleared all the doors before moving on to the next stage, and managed to get Zeus’ approval twice this time! Also got a second life bar. I made it to the first tower looking pretty good.

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I probably picked the wrong weapon, and if I decide to start over next time rather than continue I’ll take the fire arrow. The boss killed me again, prompting me to formulate a better strategy, resulting in a pass to the next area!

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Stage 2 was a decent change of scenery and pacing, but getting denied by Zeus makes me wonder if I should try starting over again. I can get through all of Stage 1 in about 15-20 minutes now, and I should be able to do it without dying this time. I’ll have to look to see if that death really actually cost me all that much, otherwise I’ll just continue on.

I don’t feel as poorly about this game as I did last night, but I’m still not in love with it. I may slap it int he Super Gameboy tonight and see if I can clear it out.


Conclusion:
This game has worn on me after playing for about a week, and after starting its NES prequel I’ve decided to cut my losses and move on. Just like Tomb Raider I really don’t have anything horrible to say about this game, aside from the fact that I find it very unappealing and don’t actually want to play it anymore… Sorry Pit, I have lots of games I need to get to…

Play it Again?
I may get the crazy hare that compels me to finish this one some day. It’s short enough, but it’s finished its course for this project.

Kid Icarus II

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