Review by Psycho Penguin

"One of the most underrated games of all time"

Blaster Master is an outstanding game for the NES. You control a kid named Jason and a tank. The reason Jason is down in radioactive land is because his frog escaped from his cage, and jumped into a hole in the ground. So Jason stupidly followed him and ended up in a radioactive world full of mutants. Interesting storyline, to say the least. This type of storyline is definetly different, because of al things, you have to save a damn frog! And herein lies the Nintendo logic of the game: You kill frogs in the game. So, if you're such a big fan of frogs that you have to risk your life to save one, then why would you go as far as to kill some more frogs? The game Blaster Master for the NES is fantastic, with loads of depth and a replay value that can't be beat!

GRAPHICS (7.3/10)
The graphics in Blaster Master for the Nintendo Entertainment System are your basic NES garb. Great background graphics but there is some graphical breakup and the game looks very dated compared to later efforts on the system. For instance, compare this to a game like Zoda's Revenge: Star Tropics 2. There really is no contest. However, this game really should not be compared to a game that came out in 1992, because Blaster Master cam out around 1989. For the early generation of NES games, Blaster Master features above average graphics, with great background designs, and the enemy and character designs are great, as well. I dare you to find a major flaw in the graphics in this game, besides the fact that there is some graphical breakup. The detail in both the overhead and side view graphics are great. As you may know, there are two views in the game. When you are in a tank outside, the graphics are above average, and there is little graphical breakup. But once you get into the overhead view, there is some graphical breakup present, especially when multiple bombs are set off at the same time. Regardless of the graphical breakup problems, the graphics in Blaster Master for the Nintendo Entertainment System are great and feature lots of detail, especially in the backgrounds and enemy/character designs.

MUSIC/SOUND (9.7/10)
The music and sound effects in Blaster Master for the Nintendo Entertainment System are great! The classic music has a fantastic beat to it. Who could forget the first time they started Blaster Master up and heard that classic first stage music? I sure can't. The first stage music really is that good, and has a wonderful beat to it. All of the other music is great as well, ranging from the second stage all the way to the final stage. There isn't much piano used in the tunes, rather the music goes for a guitar beat. It really does provide a wonderful listening experience. Sound effect wise, Blaster Master for the Nintendo Entertainment System delivers outstanding sound effects. Everything from the sound of enemies dying to the sounds of you falling off a cliff are recreated perfectly. However, I think a few sound effects could have been a bit better. As Seanbaby mentioned in his website review of an old ''how to win at Nintendo video games'' video, the guys on the video leave the sound of a boss getting shot and then pause the game for a while. If you want to try that trick, I advise you put the game on mute, otherwise your head might explode. But otherwise, the sound effects in Blaster Master for the Nintendo Entertainment System are great. Overall, the music and sound effects in Blaster Master for the Nintendo Entertainment System are some of the best yet made for the classic console yet.

GAMEPLAY (9.8/10)
The gameplay in the game is great. You go around in a tank finding weapons until you have to explore a place alone. Then it switches to an overhead view where you control Jason. So, basically, there is two views in the game: an overhead view (Jason gets out of his tanks and walks around killing enemies. Remiscent of Guardian Legend) and side view (Jason goes around in his tank killing enemies. Remiscent of any side scrolling action game.) The game is fast and fun and there is plenty of stuff to find. I will take you through the early parts of the game real quick. You start off in a tank, and you have to ride around through trees, trying your best not to get hit by enemies (and oh yeah, killing them along the way is good), as well as collecting various power ups like a flashing P symbol (which restores all your power). Later on in the game, you can collect more advanced power ups, like missiles, bombs, and lightning symbols. This is great fun because you can use these weapons in the game itself to kill some enmies. However, you cannot use these weapons once you go inside the ''tombs'' of the game and are walking around without a tank. Once this happens, you can only use your basic weapon as well as bombs. Each weapon could be ued by pushing a different button, by the way. In the side view, you can use the different weapons by going to the select screenand choosing your weapon, then pushing the special weapon button. I will now explain a basic point of the game: there are eight stages in the game. In each stage, you must get out of your tank and go inside the stages. Once you are tankless, going through a somewhat complex variety of mazes, you finally meet a huge enemy, which turns out to be the main boss in the stage. Killing this boss gets you a special weapon or key, which could be used to go on to the next stage. For instance, defeating the first stage boss nets you a new weapon which allows you to blow through the walls of the second stage. The cool thing about the game also is that all of the stages interlock, so you can go back to any stage at any time (and sometimes you will have to travel back to earlier stages. For instance, to get to stage four, you have to go back to the very beginning of the game and use the hover power to get to the top of the tree). Overall, the gameplay in Blaster Master for the Nintendo Entertainment System rocks!

CONTROL (8.8/10)
The control in Blaster master for the Nintendo Entertainment System is pretty good. The only reason I don't give the control in Blaster Master for the Nintendo Entertainment System a higher score is because in order to hover, you have to press A, then in midair you have to push A again to hover. It gets frustrating after a while. In the overhead view (when jason is without a tank), each weapon could be used by pushing a different button, by the way. In the side view, you can use the different weapons by going to the select screenand choosing your weapon, then pushing the special weapon button. Overall, the control in Blaster Master for the Nintendo Entertainment System is great!

REPLAY VALUE (High)
Blaster Master for the Nintendo Entertainment System has great replay value, because there is a load of secrets to find.

CHALLENGE (Very High)
Blaster Master could quite possibly be the toughest Nintendo Entertainment System game of all time!

OVERALL (9.7/10)
This game is very difficult yet fun nevertheless. With loads of secrets, good graphics, excellent replay value and control (besides the hover thing) Get this game!!!


Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 05/17/00, Updated 07/16/01


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