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THE ADVENTURES OF THE ROCKETEER
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©1992 IGS CORP.
Developed By Novalogic
©Touchstone Pictures
Release: 1992-02-28 (¥8900)
Cartridge SHVC-RK
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Released in America as
THE ROCKETEER
( SNS-RK-USA )
The Rocketeer is an action game by Novalogic and based on Dave Stevens' original illustrated novel and Disney's movie originally released in 1991. The game takes place in the 1930's and tells the story of Cliff Secord, a young pilot who accidentally stumbles onto a prototype rocket-jet-pack. But things quickly turn bad and the Nazis are desperate to get their hands on the flying device. They kidnap Jenny, Cliff's girlfriend, in an attempt to trade her against the rocket. Stages are built around mini-games, all based on actual sequences from the movie (images from the comic book illustrate each mission though). The beginning of the game takes place on an airfield and Cliff pilots one of three planes engaged in a race. On board the yellow and fast GeeBee, our ace pilot has to win several races before gangsters finally attack the plane's hangar. There, Cliff uses the jet-pack to temporary get off the ground and avoid grenades, or to collect special upgrades (life or gasoline). After a while, he manages to escape with the precious jet-pack. Several side-scrolling stages follow where Rocketeer flies through the sky filled with all kind of hazards such as parachuted-bombs, para-troopers, rockets and so forth. The game's climatic finale takes place on a giant hydrogen filled rigid airship where Jenny is held captive.
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Alexey Pajitnov The Rocketeer was first released for PC Computers in 1991 and was also available for the Amiga and Atari ST. As a side note, the last chapiter in the game has the player fighting the Nazis on a giant Zeppelin aircraft. The original version has a large nazi-swastika cross painted on its fin (as pictured on the right). This feature was obviously censured and removed from the Super Famicom version. It was replaced by two 'lightning' shapes... strangely reminding the symbol of the Waffen-SS special forces, the actual Nazi secret police. I sometimes wonder how the censure process works...

Teaser text from the American Version:
FUEL UP YOUR SUPER NINTNEDO ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM WITH THE ROCKETEER FROM IGS.
Fire your thrusters and launch ace pilot Cliff Secord on his most challenging adventure ever. Fly, shoot or box your way through paratrooping rocketmen, Armored Flying Tanks and blizzards of bombs. Use his amazing rocket pack to defeat the enemy and rescue Jenny Blake from the clutches of nefarious villains. Rocket your way into the most realistic world in any game ever. State-of-the-art digitized graphics and spectacular stereo sound create an interactive movie experience. Battle through 4 different arcade sequences and 6 levels of full-throttle, action-packed game play! Blast into the next generation of video games with The Rocketeer. You've never experienced anything like it before!

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The Rocketeer is such a terrible game - your typical movie-licensing trauma. Stages are incredibly cheap and the game's developers had the clever idea to recycle them to death. Tops that with an incredible frustrating difficulty level that gets you to start long and boring stages from the beginning when you fail, and a disjointed gameplay with unintuitive and bland controls. The game has no structure what so ever - the side scrolling stages are just a joke, they drag on forever and enemies keep randomly appearing on the screen. So why give this game a star would you ask ? Only because the digitized graphics are decent and are probably the only worth noting point of the game, especially the ones borrowed from the comic book. Just avoid this joke of a game, which is about as fun as a proctology exam.




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