Classic, Charming and Kid-friendly
Rocket Knight Adventures is a classic side-scrolling platformer in every way. There are tricky jumps to be made, highly strategic boss battles to be fought, and more than a few tricks and traps to memorize.
This is the definition of old-school, but with enough vision to carve out a niche, and avoid seeming generic.
You play as Sparkster, on a quest to save, you guessed it, a princess. The catch is that Sparkster is an opossum, so he can hang from ledges with his prehensile tale, and he is a rocket knight.
This means he has a jet pack that he can charge up to launch himself at enemies or over obstacles, and this is your primary method of attack.
This adventure is not for the easily frustrate however. Expect a great deal of challenge here, which is typical of the genre and time period.
The music is the embodiment of the word "Genesis". No one could hear it and mistake it for anything else. There is a good variety here, with bombastic rock tracks and chirpy tunes that evoke a romp through the magical forest.
The graphics are excellent for the hardware, with large sprites and expressive characters, not to mention some often humorous animations.
The story is paper thin, and clearly self-aware. It's almost like a parody that takes itself seriously, if that makes any sense.
Rocket Knight Adventures is classic side-scrolling action. It's visceral, it's memorable, it's challenging, and most of all, it's just good.
Buy it for you kids, buy it for yourself, buy it as a gift, but buy this game.
Reviewed by: Aaron from Spokane, WA on 8/24/2011