Sunday, October 23, 2016

Terry's Big Adventure


Terry and his Big Adventure was released in 1989 by Shades and it plays with more than a pinch of Mario (I cannot help but wonder how moneybags Nintendo let them get away with this, but I'm glad they did). His adventure takes us through twelve playful lands and, just like his Italian cousin, he is also stuck within a 2D world of silliness so get your joystick ready because this means lots of platforms, gaps to jump, magic mushrooms and iddy biddy critters.

Terry isn't a mean guy and he certainly doesn't like squashing any living creature so instead, has brought his own weapon of choice. Now, if you're expecting something like a shotgun or a sword then you might be disappointed because it's actually a yo-yo. Okay, this is unlikely to impress the girls but it works well.

Joystick controls are precise and feel perfectly console. However, little Terry must still abide by the laws of physics when moving about. And this applies to whatever he hits (with the Yo-Yo) as it knocks him back a step or two. So watch out for that when near water.

Power-ups are frequently available and you can exchange the yo-yo for pebble throwing by simply hitting the spacebar. Terry is such a badass, right? Many kills will reward a random letter in a tiny parachute, collect it quickly to eventually make the word "terry" to earn a temporary shield. This comes in handy allowing you to plough through the enemy hoard. Also, it's worth collecting the mushrooms for juicy points with an extra life awarded every 20,000 points. There are bonus levels stocked to the brim with even more mushrooms - just don't get yourself addicted!

  

The graphics are typically NES and the first thing you notice are those tiny sprites but this suits the console-feel and their level of detail is excellent. Scrolling is silky smooth and it's obvious the programmer took the time and talent to get beautiful results from a computer without hardware scrolling. Audio is a little disappointing with the option of chipmusic or sound effects. The tunes are cute and my prefered choice in comparison to the dullness of the sparse sound effects. Don't get me wrong, they're okay but much of the gameplay is in silence, so stick with the music!

Terry's Big Adventure is such a great platformer which will appeal to those who enjoy Giana Sisters or the Stario games. It might very well be a total ripoff but Terry has enough personality of his own to make this feel interesting and entertaining. I always enjoy playing yo-yos with my little spiky-haired friend. This is a brilliant platformer.

LINKS

 - If you have the hardware, then download the hard drive installable version by 8BitChip.
 - But if you require a floppy disk image then Old Games Finder is for you.

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