Goonies II review by Tyson

Overall

Rental

     I find Goonies 2 to be worth a rental since the giant world approach is neat but can be very frustrating. So its worth to rent before buying to see if you like that kind of thing.


Gameplay

     Annie the Mermaid and the rest of the Goonies have been kidnaped and its up to Mickey to rescue them. Goonies 2 has a pretty unique gameplay setup. Instead of having stages the game is built as one giant world similar to games like Metroid. This makes the world feel big and like its asking for you to explore every nook and cranny of it. This exploration is also has a negative side as well. The game does a terrible job at letting you know where to go and the ingame map isn't very helpful at all.

     Scattered along the world are rooms you can go into and these almost take a first person-esque approach. Many of the games puzzles will be in these maze like rooms. Certian items or doors can only be found by using your various other items in these rooms. This makes the gameplay setup unique in that you will try say your hammer on every wall to find a door but it also means you have to try the hammer on every wall to find a door. Many items needed to beat the game are hidden in these rooms and its annoying. It means missing an item means a lot of backtracking throughout the game. I did like how some rooms will warp you around the world but I wish the game would mark these rooms on the map.

     Despite not knowing where to go at times or having to kill tons of enemies to collect keys, I did have fun with the game. This game is definetly one you will need to get a strategy guide for.


Control

     I liked the controls in Goonies 2. You move with the Directional Pad and use the A and B buttons to jump and use your weapon. Up and B will toss out a bomb. I also noticed the jump control is very smooth and I really liked it. I never really felt like the control was bad and it would cause me to die while playing the game.


Graphics

     I came away pretty impressed with the graphics. Character animations look gooded and every area in the game had its own look or color pallete. I found it easy to distinguish what area of the game I was in. Overall the game makes some good use of the NES hardware.


Sound

     The best part of the music is the 8-bit tune of Cyndi Lauper's The Goonies 'R' Good Enough song. Other songs are okay. I found the games sound effects to good as well. Each item makes its own sound and they sound well made. Still you have to play this game just to hear the Goonies 'R" Good Enough all done in 8-bit though.