Format reviewed: NES/Famicom
Submitted by: Phillip Burton
A genuinely fun adventure puzzler merging point and click story telling with minigames (and an unfortunately poor platformer in between map areas).
The introduction story line is a little weak (the game is spent collecting currency on your home planet in order to purchase a camera so that you can return to the planet Earth and prove that it exists by bringing back a photo) but the hidden humour, interesting items and mini puzzles seem to more then make up for it. Bad plot lines aside, Cosmic Spacehead does have a lot of charm going for it (enough charm for me to sift through 700 odd screen shots and title shots to actually recall its name!). I still have clear memories of progressing through the game by finiding a driving liscence and competing in a simple hover-race in order to win the prize money. I also remember teleporting to different places and having to deal with the side effects that the technology has on the main character.
So the unfortunate let down, in what is otherwise a worthwhile game to add to your NES collection, is the poor platform area when travelling between locations on the map. Firstly, if you touch anything then you're dead (pretty relentless and unforgiving when you can only jump over your foes!) and secondly, jumping is unresponsive. For those in the know this game was originally relased as and featured an inabiility to change direction whilst jumping – I can only but imagine how infuriating that must have been to play!
It seems the game wasn't liscenced by Nintendo and features a more curvy cartridge design than the standard grey block carts we all know and love. I recall that the first Flintstones game on the NES also has a similar design but in orange.
So, in summary, a great game with a nice cartoony design (that has produced some clear childhood memories) but does have some frustrating features. Worth a go if you want to see how well a point and click adventure translates over to the NES.
Format reviewed: Sega Genesis/Mega Drive
Submitted by: Gavin Miller
I like Cosmic Spacehead. Judging by screenshots and box artwork it can look a little childish but looks can be deceiving. The game lets you take control of Cosmic who needs your help. You see, Cosmic has no money, no car and apparently no respect for his fellow Cosmonauts. No one believes Cosmo about his tale of discovering a far away planet called Earth so now he has to travel back there and take some photos as proof. The game is divided into two genres. There are platform sections and point n click sections. Starting off in Old Lino Town using an arrow interface you can explore your surroundings picking up useful items, talking to people, trying different items with objects to open up new areas then when Cosmic leaves a scene you will be faced with a short platform section to bring Cosmic to another part of the map. These platform sections can be a pain in the ass later on in the game as all Cosmic can do is jump and one touch from an enemy will send him back to the start of that section. These platform parts are the only bits you’ll need to worry about in the game as once they are out of the way you can explore the map locations, solving puzzles and finding out what item goes where.
One word to describe Cosmic Spacehead would be colourful. The scenes in which you visit look very cartoony and lush with colour. Actually it looks a lot like The Jetsons cartoon. Not a hard game by any means, sure you might get stuck on a few puzzles and there are a few mini games you might lose a few lives on. Although there’s not much replay value once you’ve completed it I feel it’s still a joy to play through.