Well, my vacation from platformers was short lived. And after playing this, I desperately need another one.
During the console wars of the 90's, every console had to have a mascot. Everyone knows the Sega systems had Sonic the Hedgehog and Nintendo had Mario, but what you may not have known is that even game producers had to have mascots. Sunsoft, known for mostly its shitty franchise licensed games, had to have one of their own. And that is why I am having to review the pile of guano known as Aero the Acro-bat.
We start the game off in a circus, with our furry rodent in spandex bouncing off trampolines and riding unicycles across tightropes. Collect junk food and beat up clowns...and I'm already bored with this game.
This game has some pretty dumb controls. Unlike most mascots at the time, Aero cannot defeat enemies by jumping on their heads. Oh no, he has to perform some sort of corkscrew plancha midair like a god damn luchador. Unfortunately, this move can't hit a target for shit. You also have a fireball attack that uses the stars you collect through out the levels. But even this simple idea is flawed by the controls. In order to throw these stars, you must first come to a complete stop. It sounds easy, if not retarded, but this game uses momentum physics. So you keep running even when you're not touching the controls. This makes the star attack completely pointless.
|While looking for pics of luchadors I found this. E C W! E C W!|
I'm not really sure what they were going for with the graphics in this game. Everything is detailed and highly rendered, but the effort is wasted. They took the most uncreative backgrounds and platforming elements, and made them look pretty. According to Mythbusters and this game, you can indeed polish shit.
|Shit has never looked so shiny.|
For a platforming game, this is okay. But to introduce a mascot, it fails pretty hard. I would much rather play a Sonic or Mario game. Hell, I would rather play a Bubsy game. It gets 2 deep fried rodents out of 5. Hopefully the sequel is better.
|No, it's not. But it should have been.|