Snake, Rattle ‘n’ Roll (NES)

Ah, Rare. Remember them, back when they were good? Before they’d even started work on Kameo, which was about selventyfourten years ago? When they first became Nintendo game developers? Well, this is the sort of thing they wrote.

Sadly, this hasn’t stood the test of time as well as Rescue Rangers. It looks fine, and the music and title screen is great and all, but the controls are terrible. Most of this is due to the floaty way the snakes jump, and the isometric angle. In fact, the angle causes all sorts of jumping problems, especially when you have to jump round corners but can’t tell if you’re jumping round-and-up, round-and-down, or round-to-your-death. This makes it overly frustrating and not really much fun.

I did reach level 8 though, both properly and using the warp on level 1, but then the NES reset itself again. I switched to using my NeoFami instead of the NES, but the slight speed increase (the NeoFami is 60Hz NTSC, the NES 50Hz PAL) just made things worse so I gave up.

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