Jim Power In Mutant Planet is a little-known title released by Loriciel in 1992 where we play as a member of the Special Warfare Unit. These are in charge of the President's personal security and, of course, his daughter was kidnapped by evil beings which infest a Mutant Planet. So it is your mission to kill everything, rescue the girl, and save the day!
You begin your adventure in a rather funky looking environment that reminds me of Enchanted Land. A strange world of whacky colours that is populated by stupid enemies aimlessly wondering back n' forth. I first thought this was going to be easy but it soon picks up the pace to become quite the challenge with levels that are as interesting as they are superbly designed. Controls feel spritely to suit the game style perfectly and I love the way you can easily hop from platforms without ever feeling the uncertainty of plummetting to your death. Weapons are fully upgradable and if your joystick has an autofire option then switch it on and enjoy rapid killing fun!
The box art may look like it was ripped from a bad 80s action flick but thankfully the visuals are all of a level I would describe as simply outstanding. It's colour galore as Loriciel mock the ST's limits with ease and also feature scrolling which is both fast and smooth. Sprites are simply gorgeous and look as cute as they are creative. Audio will not dishearten, you'll see why if you view the credits, quite the thumping title tune with even more stunning in-game chiptunes. Also, the option is available to play with only the sound effects, but I personally thought this wasn't nearly as good as those boppin' tunes. Overall, this is an easy recommendation for platforming fans because it looks and sounds great and is very entertaining. Jim Power might not have much originality but I absolutely love it!
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