It’s time for another Luvjapan Videogame Review. This time we’re reviewing a game that came out as two different games but have the same assets so to speak. The game is GeGeGe no Kitaro Youkai Dai Makyou. The game is based off a popular manga series called GeGeGe no Kitaro which is about a boy dealing with the supernatural. When the game was ported over to the US or the international scene the game was changed into Ninja Kid. The game plays the same so we’re going to just focus on GeGeGe no Kitaro released for the Famicom in 1986.
When it comes to the story, Kitaro is basically out to deal with the supernatural once again. He travels different areas as he does his typical duties. He has to deal with different situations as well as deal with the stronger supernatural enemies.
In terms of the gameplay, the players control Kitaro in an overworld setting. In the overworld there are shrines that act like the stages. There are usually just 3 sub stages and one boss stage. There are times when you have to complete all three sub stages since they will block your way. Now once you enter a sub stage, the game shifts into a 2D side scroller, platformer and shooter. Controlling Kitaro allows him to move from left to right and jump as well. Depending on the sub stage there are different objectives to them. Just like in one stage, you need to defeat all enemies and in another stage you have to collect items. Once the objective per stage is done, two doors will appear. Choosing the right door completes the stage. Choosing the wrong door, means that they have to fight a mini boss.
Strengths and Weaknesses:
The graphics for the game were fine for the time. The designs for the characters and enemies were pretty much good. The game also looks vibrant and colorful despite being a supernatural game. The gameplay was also pretty easy to handle and provided some kind of challenge as well. One downside is that in terms of the background they tend to repeat but just have a slight alteration to them with regards to the design and the color. The gameplay also does become a bit repetitive since you pretty much do the same objectives over and over again. Keep in mind when you get a game over you need to do some of those objectives again.
The game is pretty much fine for what it is. The unfortunate thing is that the game isn’t really appealing today when it comes to its aesthetics as well as the gameplay mechanics. You can still play it one time and see if you’ll like it.