Review by YSF
"Unless you are a true Power Rangers fan, if not...!!!"
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie was quite successful in the theaters. Since the movie was quite popular at that time, Bandai obviously couldn't miss the chance of turning it into the video games. So, Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie was made by Bandai for the SNES in 1995. By the way, i just want to ask a question. Why do Power Rangers keep changing leads all the time? [Anyone mentions about the zords too? Ninjazord? Anyone listening?] What happen to the older characters like Jason and the others? Anyway, this doesn't matter. I am not a Power Ranger fan or whatever name it is called now.
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie allows up to a maximum of two players. There is a total number of six characters for you to choose from, naming Adam, Aisha, Billy, Kimberly, Rocky and Tommy. So, what's the gameplay like? Actually, it is quite similar to the other Power Rangers game. Fight your way out by defeating those soldiers or whatever it is, and at the end of each stage, fight against a boss. However, there are some differences.
Each life consists of 5 blocks. If you get injured, one block is taken away. Simple, enough? Okay, this is not the end! Whenever you defeat a soldier or any other enemy, they will leave behind power-ups, which look like a 'lightning' symbol. Collect these power-ups, and when the power bar is full, you will be able to transform into a ranger. Also, whenever you transform, a life is completely replenish, meaning all 5 blocks are completely filled up. However, it won't give you any additional life or credit.
After transforming into a ranger, continue to collect power-ups and when the power bar is full again, the Ranger can use a special attack. Try and save the attack for bosses. Trust me, the special attacks are truly devastating. And, not only you can use a special attack, you get the chance to use the Ranger's weapon for a short period of time.
The game is pretty straightforward at most times. There is one important thing, which i like to mention about. Okay, i will divide the screen into two parts and call it the upper part and the lower part. Most of the time, you need to make full use of the L or R button at the top of the controller pad to jump from the lower part of the screen to the upper part of the screen or just vice versa. Confused? When you play it, you will know what i mean!
The graphics are generally okay. Backgrounds are quite well-drawn. The rangers and the enemies are large and sport a reasonably amount of detail. The visual is also quite impressive, especially when you transform into a Power Rangers. However, some of the scenes seem to be recycled over again. Besides that, take the first stage as an example, you should see people in the background too. For example, there's a woman standing outside a shop. They just stand there motionless. Can't they react by just moving their body a bit? It just creates a feeling that these people look very fake.
Okay, finally, move on to the music. What can i say...? As expected, you can hear many familiar Power Rangers tunes. [Anyone mentions ''Go Go Power Rangers...?''] Okay, i am not a Power Rangers fan. I have to strongly admit that the tunes do get old after some time. Of course, most Power Rangers will most likely to welcome the tunes. But for a non-Power Rangers fan..., maybe not, i suppose! I don't know about you but that's what i think.
The sound effects are generally okay. You can hear the screeching sound of an incoming vehicle, be it bikes or cars. You can also hear the horns of the incoming car too. However, i do wish to hear more voices. For example, they can shout out the names of their zords when they transform like the movie but the game does not have.
Generally, the control is responsive and intuitive. The bosses and enemies are pretty challenging. And, without any doubt, any Power Rangers fan will definitely be satisfied.
Overall, Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers is just another decent Power Rangers game. I won't really recommend it to everyone unless you are really a Power Rangers fan.
Story : 4.0/10.0
Graphics : 7.0/10.0
Concept : 7.5/10.0
Control : 7.5/10.0
Music : 5.5/10.0
Sound : 5.5/10.0
Gameplay : 6.5/10.0
Replay : 4.0/10.0
Challenge : 7.0/10.0
Overall : 6.0/10.0
Reviewer's Rating: 3.0 - Fair
Originally Posted: 03/16/00, Updated 12/16/02
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