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New Zealand Story

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Released: 1990

Genre: Platformer

Format reviewed: PC Eng/Turbografx-16

Publisher: Taito

Developer: Taito

Submitted by: Alley Kat

Taito's classic platformer is a game that needs little introduction, being held in a similarly high regard as its Bubble Bobble series.

The player controls Tiki the Kiwi as he makes his way through the games numerous maze-like levels to rescue his kiwi chums, one of whom awaits caged at the end of each level.

New Zealand Story is distinguished by excellently designed cute graphics and some interesting power-ups and bonus items.

As well as the default bow and arrows, bombs, lasers and numerous other weapons, Tiki can commandeer various balloons and floating devices, usually by swiping them from the games various nasties.

These vehicles are often needed to traverse otherwise impassable sections of the levels and also serve to add varity to the game, as you often have to contend with additional inertia and gravity.

Although New Zealand story is a superb game, the PC Engine version is a little disappointing, due to some graphical shortcuts (it misses the intro, simplifies some backgrounds and loses some animation). The classic, twee soundtrack is also rather tinny and grating here, which is a shame.

This is still a great game, but given the superb quality of many PCE conversions, its hard not to reflect on what it could of (should of) been.