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 Aztec Adventure: The Golden Road to Paradise
Shinobi
Reviewed
11.21.2000
Publisher
Sega
Developer
Sega
Format
2 Megabit
Origin
Import/Domestic
Available
1987 (USA)
Exclusive
Yes
Difficulty
Normal
Dimensions
2D
View
Top
Genre
Action
Players
1
Options
Control Pad
Control Stick
Requires
n/a
Importable
100%
INTRO:
         > Aztec Adventure is a classic maze action title which takes place in the land of the ancient Aztecs.  In this setting, money talks and enemies can be bought.  You play the part of a wanderer, traveler, and adventurer named El Nino.  If you can reach the Aztec Paradise, untold happiness and wealth awaits...
GRAPHICS: 
         > When I first purchased it back in 1987, Aztec Adventure didn't graphically wow me.  So obviously, it isn't going to knock anyone's socks off these days.  The game's mazes are fairly straight forward, and the backgrounds change in color and style.  Eleven rounds await which take place in different areas like a forest, desert, ruins, underground waterway, marsh, and phantoms' shadows.  As you venture forth, you'll encounter 14 standard enemies, 5 different obstacles, and numerous end of round bosses.
CONTROL: 
         > Naturally, the gameplay is pretty easy to get into.  You can move in 8 directions, attack (sword), and select special weapons.  Along the way you can collect money, which you can use to bribe various enemies into becoming your ally.  The special weapons you collect are iron ball, spear, 4-directional iron balls, and various round-specific items.  Most of the time you'll be avoiding enemies' attacks, while returning the favor.
SOUND:
         > Aztec Adventure features some pretty good happy-go-lucky background music.  It fits well with the action and never becomes bothersome.  The game's sound effects are simple and effective.
FUN:
         > I played Aztec Adventure endlessly when I first bought it.  It offers a good challenge and lots of rounds.  These days it's nice to go back and experience a few levels of old-school Sega excellence.
BOTTOM LINE:
     > Aztec Adventure is one of my favorite 8-bit action games.  It's part of the foundation of Sega creativity.  Although it's surely dated in the year 2000, you know how much I appreciate retro gaming.
Overall: 7.9 | Graphics: 8.5 | Control: 8.0 | Sound: 7.5 | Fun: 7.5
~ Shinobi ~