Format reviewed: PC Eng/Turbografx-16
Submitted by: aaran marbell
This is a two-player game where you guide Monkey around a series of caves, woods and buildings searching for the mystery demon who kidnapped Pigsy, Sandy and Tripitaka. SonSon(monkey magic) will move across the platforms faster than the screen scrolls. He has the ability to fire energy blasts from his stalf, thats about it for his attacks. Touching an enemy or an unfriendly projectile causes the player to lose a life. If a player has any additional lives, they will return to the screen riding on a cloud that will give them temporary invincibility. If the player presses the control stick in any direction, the cloud will disappear and the character will resume its usual walking mode. The cloud will eventually disappear on its own if the control stick is not used.
Power-ups come in the form of various fruits which produce points (with enough points giving the player an extra life). Gathering certain fruit will cause all enemies currently on a screen to turn into point-bearing fruits. Walking across certain platforms will randomly cause a bamboo shoot to sprout, yielding many extra points.
SonSon2 is a great game, despite the problems ive mentioned and the Japanese text its still very playable. Ive always been a monkey magic fan, I watched the show and played the game so maybe im biased. Just try it, its great fun..