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Pocky and Rocky

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Reviewed by Kerry Maybe you have your eyes on the latest shiny new polygon spewing *next-big-thing* game console. Maybe that old Super NES is under an old baseball glove in your your closet. Maybe your friends would make fun of you if you tried to get them to play this game. Then again, maybe this game would remind them what video games are all about...FUN. POCKY & ROCKY is one fun video game. Get ready for some good old fashioned frantic two-player fun.

Graphics 8 out of 10

Well, I'm kind of a freak for 2D graphics, so I really like the graphics in Pocky & Rocky. By Super NES standards they rate pretty highly. The game is presented in an isometric perspective with tons of colorful and nicely animated sprites. The overall theme is basically Super Deformed Medieval Japan. Nice colors, nice character design, goofy bosses- what more could you want? There is some slowdown at times, but that is typical for a game that throws this many sprites around.

Music and Sound 8 out of 10

The music and sound effects get the job done and set the tone nicely. Lively Japanese flavored tunes and appropriate bonks and squeaks are the order of the day. Nothing great by itself but definitely part of the overall charm of the game.

Game Challenge 8 out of 10

There is an insane amount of things going on at times so sometimes you will die not knowing quite what happened. Basically run through the level smashing all the enemies and beat the boss. Not as easy as it sounds.

Game Play-Fun 9 out of 10

Here is where this game (and so many on the Super NES) really shines. As simple as the game play is, and as goofy as the bosses are, this game just has IT. That certain fun factor that I find many of today's technical marvels just lack. The two-player mode is a cooperative *beat the bad guys up together* mode that is just too cool. Who would thought playing as a little Japanese girl and her raccoon friend could be this fun?

Frustration

There is a fair amount of frustration involved, especially if the person your playing with stinks. It sometimes seems like it's impossible to avoid getting hit by enemies. The fun factor greatly outweighs the frustration factor though.

Replayability 8 out of 10

This is a great game to just pick up and enjoy any time. Play with a friend or just run around like a nut yourself. While there is a story of sorts involved you will play it again just for the sheer joy of the game play and to feast your eyes on the splendor that is 16 bit 2D graphics.

Game Value 10 out of 10

Thanks to the Super NES's *demise* many of the games for it are true bargains, and this is one of them. Pick it up on *that online auction site* or your local used game supplier for around $10 bucks and you will certainly get your fun value out of it.

Overall 9 out of 10

If you still have any interest in your Super NES (I'm assuming you do) and you have not played this game, do yourself a favor and seek it out. They just don't make em' like this anymore.

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