Review by FFandMMfan

"Classic action and platforming gameplay, mixed up and tossed into one of the strangest Manga licenses ever."

Do you remember, back in the day, waking up on Saturday morning, grabbing your favorite NES game, putting it in the cartridge slot, and playing for hours on end as the game kicked your ass clear to digital hell, because it was so difficult? The NES was more than just a great system, it was also home to some of the most strange, and insanely difficult games ever created. However, these days, such difficulty seems to have been lost in favor of infinite lives, checkpoints at every turn and attacks that can destroy a room of foes in one shot.

Pyuu to Fuku! Jaguar... yeah, that title is long, let's just call it PtFJ from now on. Anyway, PtFJ is based on a popular Japanese Manga series, of the same name, and when the developers made this game, they clearly had two objectives in mind. 1) Mash some of the best games of ages past into one game and stick our licensed characters in it, and 2) Make it as hard as the previously mentioned classic games.

Yes, that's right, every stage in PtFJ is based on a classic game, from Castlevania, to Zelda, to Gradius, and more. Despite licensed games having a track record of being very bad, this game seems to be a very large exception to that record, and any fan of classic platform/action games will surely enjoy this.

But why should you go out of your way to acquire this Japanese game? Well, read on, to find out.

Gameplay - 8/10
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The game begins with a story sequence (which you can just scroll through and be done with it) focusing on the characters from the PtFJ manga. From there, your first stage is very simple and straightforward, but will help you get used to the simplistic controls. Soon after that, you'll land in stages that seem very familiar, and will surely please fans of the original game that the stage is based on.

You control Jaguar, a man who seems a bit comical compared to his tough sounding name, and to add to the strangeness, Jaguar fights his foes using a Flute. The A button makes you jump, the B button can be used to whack foes with Jaguar's Flute, and hitting B while in the air, makes Jaguar do a spinning dive attack. Pressing R and L together will call one of his buddies, at the cost of one of the Flute items scattered around the stages, who will fight alongside him as a familiar of sorts.

So what makes this game so hard, anyway? Well, like many classic games, you have a very limited amount of life. Three hits is all it takes to cause Jaguar to die, and guess what? There's no extra lives. If you die (and you will be doing quite a bit of that) you'll be taken back to the title screen. However, there is good news. The game features a save system, so you may save in between levels, but if you die, it's back to the beginning of the stage. Luckily for you, the stages aren't too long, and if you can last through some of the harder classic games that PtFJ is based on, you can get through this game.

As you play through the game, killing enemies and solving puzzles in various 2D and 3D stages, you may come across small items that will begin a minigame stage, where you can earn points for the Shop. The Shop is run by a single man, who carries 3 items at a time. One will always be a bowl of food that will fully restore your health, and the others being attack expansions, such as one that increases the range of your attacks, an item that will cause orbs of energy to fire out when you attack, and other neat little items.

All in all, the game is very fun, very similar to classic NES/SNES games, and very challenging.

Graphics - 8/10
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Now, the graphics themselves may not be amazing, however, the STYLE is wonderful. Everything looks crisp and clear, and there's even a few NES styled stages which make you REALLY think you're playing an NES game, sound, slowdown (which must be intentional), bare bones graphics, all of it just screams "classic".

Sound/Music - 7/10
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Nothing great, nothing bad, not much else to say.

Story - ?/10
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The game is entirely in Japanese, so those of us who can't read Japanese, won't be reading the story sequences anytime soon. However, it's perfectly easy to get through the game without reading a word.

Closing Comments
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What else do I need to say? Forget the fact that it's about a licensed manga, the game itself is incredibly fun, and anyone who wishes for the challenge and enjoyment of classic games, will feel right at home here.

Pros:
+ A generally fun platformer with a hint of several other genres
+ Very challenging
+ Heaven for fans of classic games
+ The NES styled stages are made of win and awesome
+ Jaguar is weird O_o

Cons:
- A Little bit TOO hard, not for the casual gamer
- One of the NES stages has a puzzle that's more complicated than it has any right to be
- All of the text is in Japanese, but it doesn't really matter too much

So yes, I'll say it AGAIN, if you love classic platformers and action games, this is right up your alley.


Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 03/12/07


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