I'm sure every kid growing up in the
80's remembers this movie. It was only natural that some video
game developer would jump at the opportunity for a licensed cash-in,
and sure enough, Konami was the first to the punch. Unlike most
movie-to-game ports, however, this one was actually pretty playable.
As the game's title implies, there was a prequel, but it was only
released in Japan, and those who play it inform me that it can be
finished in about 15 minutes. Which might explain why Konami
didn't bother porting it.
Anyway, the story begins with the
Fratellis (the evil family from the movie) escaping from jail and
kidnapping all the Goonies and their mermaid friend, Annie. It's
up to you (Mikey) to rescue the Goonies and defeat the Fratellis for
good. Sounds easy, but this game is more difficult than it
appears, due largely to one fact:
the "front" in the corner applies, there is also a back-side to the map
with more areas to explore
This game is very big. Not
too shabby for a game made in 1987, I must say.
Much of the game took part in side-scrolling platform-hopping areas
where you'd bop enemies as you made your way around,
like the ones seen above. At times, though, you would have to
enter doors and go to three-dimensional rooms.
Behold the vault's sage advice
These often contained items you would have to collect, or vaults that
would give you various clues about the game. Sometimes, though,
there'd be people hanging out there too.
Aside from the occasional Mario reference, you'd have to give people
quest items at times to succeed. Or you could simply hit them on
the head and watch them shout 'WHAT DO YOU DO?!", which was pretty
amusing if you were playing this as a seven-year-old.
Behold two of the game's most
annoying enemies - the unkillable man in blue (twitching on ground) and
the Metal Skull (upper left), which steals your weapons
While this game isn't the best of its genre by any means, it's
certainly worth a play through for Adventure fans, or at least worth
checking out if you enjoyed the movie.
One-line synopsis: A challenging game with a surprising amount of depth.