Review by D'Hoost
"Tomatoes kill everyone; even the gamer"
I'm sure we've all seen the movie ''attack of the killer tomatoes'' where tomatoes do just that- they kill everyone. Well, THQ liked the movie so much that they decided to make a game based on the smash hit movie.
Now, this is a typical thing to do, except for one thing- killer tomatoes wasn't a smash hit movie. It was a total bomb horror film. Thus, the game that it was based on could be nothing better.
The game starts with a black background and red words, to ''set the mood'', while NES horror music plays in the background. Once you've chosen to start the game, you find yourself in control of a young boy who is running around the streets of the city in the middle of the night. You run down the street, jumping on tomatoes that are jumping at you at the same time. If you manage to jump higher than them (this requires very good hand-eye coordination), you squish them into a pile of red juice. Otherwise, you squish them and lose a life bar. The first level is a grand total of 20 seconds or less, with 15 tomatoes or so. That boils down to a constant jumping spree against these killer tomatoes. There are also some strange tomato bats that swoop in from above- something new, unless I just missed it in the movie.
Once you reach the end of the first level, you jump down into a sewer, at which point the game goes from ''tough'' to ''extremely tough'', because now you have to do 2 things at once- jump on enemies and avoid obstacles. Down in the sewer, rivers of slime are quick to toss you into the void of muck.
There are a grand total of 4 levels, and a bonus level after the credits. The only thing that can be considered a boss is at the end of the second level, which I won't go into any detail about.
The graphics weren't bad for it's time. You can finish this game and not think to yourself ''so what exactly was I doing? The graphics confused me''. However, it's NES, so don't expect something on par with today's systems.
Music was typical for the NES- tinny, repetitive, and generally a pain to listen to. These days I just turn the volume off when I hook up my NES, and this game is no exception.
This game was extremely fast- as I said, the first level takes 20 seconds. Thank goodness for the fact that you can get this game for 5 cents or so at a game store- I can't imagine what it must have been like to pay full price for this game.
Overall, it's pretty much a typical non-mario NES platform- really bad gameplay, and standard NES music/graphics. Again, for 5 cents, it's worth a try, just don't expect anything fancy.
Reviewer's Score: 1/10 | Originally Posted: 02/24/04
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