TAKAHASHI MEIJIN NO DAIBŌKENJIMA
( Super Adventure Island )
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高橋名人の大冒険島
Music ©1992 Yoko Koshiro
©Light & Shadows. Ins. Susume Matsushita
Release: 1992-01-11 (¥8500)
Cartridge SHVC-H2
Action/Platform Game

American Version
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Released in America as
SUPER ADVENTURE ISLAND
( SNS-H2-USA )

European Version
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Released in Europw as
SUPER ADVENTURE ISLAND
( SNS-H2-XXX )
Here is the Super Famicom version of the popular Takahashi Meijin no Daibōken Jima (aka Adventure Island) action game by Hudson Soft. The original game was released for the Famicom system and certainly deserved a 16 bit upgrade. In this new and colorful episode, Master Takahashi must save his girlfriend from a terrible fate. An evil sorcerer has turned her into a stone statue and our hero must now find a cure to this atrocious curse. As usual, Master Takahashi has to race through several stages, from deep jungles to erupting volcanoes and even inside a gigantic whale. Takahashi can run, crouch and jump, and can also trigger a super jump by crouching and jumping at the same time. Two of his traditional weapons are also available - The axe and the boomerang certainly help the player getting rid of the army of demonic monsters encountered throughout the adventure. These weapons can also be powered-up by collecting them multiple times. The now legendary skateboard power-up is still there for the picking and allows Takahashi to spice things up a little and literally fly through stages. As usual with any game of the series, fruits need to be constantly collected to refill our hero's ever decreasing life bar.
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Takahashi Meijin no Daibōken Jima - Japanese Guidebook
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Takahashi Meijin no Daibōken Jima - Japanese Soundtrack
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Takahashi Meijin no Daibōken Jima is very colorful and sprites are beautifully drawn and animated. The unique cartoony attitude and design of the characters have a gorgeous quality to them. The soundtrack is also unusual and features cool funky, techno and R&B tunes (even if I'm not sure if they actually fit the game). Controls and gameplay are good and responsive except maybe for the super jump. The crouch/jump combination is awkward, I wish the game's designers had just simply picked another button rather than this unusable combination. But the game's biggest flaw is certainly its repetitive nature - Hudson Soft has tried to spice things up by adding underwater and vertical-scrolling stages, but the overall game fails to move the series forward in terms of originality. Overall, Takahashi Meijin no Daibōken Jima is fun, but I feel that other episodes of the series have a lot more to offer than this one.




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