Yet another game that I wasted endless days of my childhood on! But this
game is special! :) This is a Konami heroes
All Star action game... The synopsis: Earth is in a crisis, that's
because of the evil Warda's invasion. And you, as Konami Man
and Konami Lady, backed by the all-knowing Dr. Cinnamon
(he's a man!), will have to rescue all six of the Konami super-heroes,
unite their forces to defeat the badass no-good.
the Konami list-up?
What would they choose as their all-time favorite heroes to show up in this
They probably won't have Snake for another ten years so too bad
there. Here comes the list.
Goemon - The infamous thief of the medieval Japan.
I've actually played a Goemon game before. It's kind of nice... lots of
tricks and stuff and very fun game.
Simon - Yes, the guy in Akumajo! ^^ He looks just as great in
this game also, the game engine is actually similar to (based on?) that
of Akumajo's. One of my favorite characters.
Fuuma - Fuuma (roughly: demon of wind) is probably lesser known
in the US. It's another game series of its own brand, of an ancient Japanese
settings with their demons and stuff - I can't say I know much about it.
But it's supposed to be an RPG...?
Mikey - From the Goonies. I guess the Goonies Nintendo game was
licensed to Konami. Do they have such rights as to put him into Konami's
All-Star games? But I guess why care. Mikey is in it too! And he would
be an essential teammates when it comes to rescue the King Kong! Yes I
Moai - The Moai head - I really don't know him now, if he is he,
I mean, he's just a big chunk of rock... Puking bubbles... I guess it
serves as a painful reminder of how crazy the early Nintendo games were
at casting, that even a head-shaped bulder makes it to the top list...
Kong - I'm not really sure if it's King Kong. Maybe it's Donky
Kong, not sure... Big ape that throws banana. ^^
Each super-hero is trapped in a stage appropriate to their original
game's feel - for example Simon would be trapped in a stone castle,
Mikey trapped in... a ghost ship. ^^ And the Konami Man and Lady
(you can alternate which one to control at any time) shall first venture
into these stages, one by one, to rescue them... Once rescued they're one
of the characters that we can control, to help rescue the other heroes.
Other than the listed 'human' characters though, there will also be a chance
to do vertical scroller shooting at the later part of game, and that's when
Vic Viper and Twin
Bee will come to play (the characters will pilot the fighters!!).
the Gameplay? Well it's no secret... Very good! (^^)
Solid game engine. As mentioned before, just like Akumajo... very
smooth movements. It's easy to get a hang on the controls.
It's a great family game, as it allows for two player Co-op (it was really
meant to be like that). We loved the game back then as it provided hours
of fun... though, a lot of times, the fun was induced by our
clumsy controlling that get us killed and our teammates
going the wrong way and stuff... weren't we just
silly? :) After a while I started playing solo and tried to progress through
the game, but we had no concept of that password
thing and never made use of it... I had a couple tries where I actually
saved Goemon or even Simon (he's the second to be saved). But always end
up getting killed in Mikey's stage... There is a password
to get all characters and all special items though. And no doubt we used
that password to get us straight to the last boss. (^^)
It's a game for the young fanatics of old Konami games... or just for pure,
For the sake of layout, I've thrown all screenshots to the bottom... Try
to make sense to them... from what I said... read the alt text also. (^^;;)
Ray Chien, Sep. 2002