Review by Shane_Godi
"Who the heck is Sonic?"
Introduction - 3D Worldrunner was released in 1987 by well-known company Square, before their legendary 'Final Fantasy' series. The game sold fairly well because of it's now-mediocre '3D' display option. A sequel was released, also in 87, (Not sure if it was released in the US) on the NES, and the series was never seen again.
Gameplay - The Gameplay of 3D Worldrunner is quite entertaining, as it is very unique. The player runs forward (away from the screen), at different speeds while stepping left, right, and jumping to avoid enemies and obstacles. pressing select causes the game to enter '3D' mode, which requires 3D glasses. The gameplay is very entertaining, and easy to learn. The difficulty isn't terribly hard, but takes some time to get used to. I rate the gameplay a nice 9 out of 10.
Story - You must save Solar System 517 from the evil Grax and his serpentbeasts. I consider the story too simple and cheesy, and definitely not one of this game's better points. The story of this game deserves only a 5 out of 10
Graphics/Sound - This is one of the areas that 3d Worldrunner should be remembered for. The graphics are excellent for the platform it was released on, and the 3D mode is an added bonus. The music, though there are few tracks, do not feel too repetitive, and definitely deserve mention. The sound effects were very basic and common for the NES. The graphics deserve a 9 out of 10, and the sound deserves an 8 out of 10
Replayability - This game is fairly long, and can feel repetitive, but is worth beating at least once. There are many stages, with changes in difficulty brought on gradually. As for the replay value, I can't say much. After you've beaten the game once, it really just feels more like work than a game, which grabs this game a replay value of just 5 out of 10.
Rent or Buy - Well, if you can actually find a place to rent this from, then by all means, go for it. The game should only cost around $5 in a retro store, so if you see a copy, pick it up, it's definitely worth it.
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 01/30/07
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