Reviewed by Gabe Jones
Actraiser is a very unique game. One of the Older games for the Super Nintendo, I
became very involved in this game after I rented it. Actraiser combines good
graphics, excellent music, good gameplay, It is quite lacking in replayability but it
is still an excellent game.
Graphics 9 out of 10
The game is split into 2 parts, a regular action mode with really good detail, and huge
and well animated characters. The other mode is a kind of Simulation where you take
the role of a angel looking guy who flies around helping the town grow and shooting
enemies with arrows. The action side, has very good graphics, while the simulation is
kind of drab and unappealing but still all right. The bosses in this game are some of the best.
Music and Sound 9 out of 10
The Music in Actraiser is awesome to say the least. The Music draws you in and
while nice peaceful music accompanies the simulation, yet in the action area, the
Music gets intense and is really involving. The sound effects are effective, well
done sword swings, the screams of dying monsters, and other cool FX.
Game Challenge 9 out of 10
The simulation mode is not that tough, but the enemies can give you headaches
though, since they are always flying around and taking your townspeople away.
The Real Challenge comes from the action areas, The Levels contain many traps
and tough enemies, The Bosses will give you nightmares, You can get level ups in
the game to increase your health but that only happens in Simulation mode when
you get enough townspeople. Plus after you beat the game you can access an even
Game Play-Fun 9 out of 10
The Control is well done, The menus are intuitive and simple, Its real easy to get
into the game even without a manual. Plus the controls are simple enough, most of
the time you press one button to attack, one to jump. Movement can be a little
sluggish at times, but that is not too much to complain about. The game is a lot of
fun, the 2 modes keep the game fresh and replayable.
I was Frustrated at the beginning because you have a real short health meter when
you first start, but once you start getting some level ups the game becomes a lot
easier to handle, the aggressive enemies in the simulation mode might get on your
nerves too, but it is still more challenge than frustration and it will stay entertaining
to the end.
Replayability 6 out of 10
The Game is Replayable because of the extra hard difficulty, yet if you have gone
through the game once, then you have seen everything, The probably would have
stayed fresher if there were more levels, and multiple paths and secret areas to
make them more interesting. Most of the levels in the game are too straightforward.
Game Value 8 out of 10
The Game is a great value you can usually find it used for under 30 dollars, it will
surely be hours of fun, So it is worth the price.
Overall 8 out of 10
Actraiser is a good game, diminished only by its low Replay Value, after you beat
the game on both difficulties then its all over, the game could have used better level
design and a longer game overall, I was able to beat this game in around two days,
but it was extremely fun and well done game.