Choujin Sentai Jetman (video game)

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Famicom box.

Choujin Sentai Jetman is a platformer video game developed by Natsume and published by Angel for the Famicom on 1991-12-21. The game is based on the 15th season of the Japanese children's television show, Super Sentai, the is the show whose footage would later be used for the combat scenes in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. You play the role of the five Jetmen heroes and their bird personas and must defeat the evil forces of Vyram.

I heard about this game because the Angry Video Game Nerd reviewed it in his episode reviewing Power Rangers games. After seeing it, I decided to play it. I beat both the easy and normal difficulties on 2019-11-26.

Status

I don't own this game, but I have beaten it at easy and normal difficulties.

Reviews

Good

  • The game has decent graphics and music. Nothing great for 1991, but better than most tie-in games.
  • The game has multiple difficulty levels (two which must be unlocked). Compared to easy difficulty, normal difficulty adds a couple more enemies to the stages, makes the shooting enemies a bit more aggressive, and makes the bosses deal more damage. Hard and very hard difficulties are identical to easy and normal, only your Jetmen can only take one hit before dying.
  • It's nice that the game has a password system, but it's not really necessary since it only takes about 20 minutes to beat it, even at its most difficult levels.
  • It's nice that there are three different attack forms: sword, gun, punch.
  • The game has two unlockable difficulty levels]] which adds a little replay to more skilled players.

Bad

  • It would have been nice if each hero had a unique attack. Instead, the sword and gun are reused by two heroes making them entirely redundant.
  • Even on very hard mode, the game isn't too difficult because all your lost Jetmen are revived after each stage.
  • There isn't any story or dialogue in the game. Without knowing about the show or reading the manual, it looks like you're just beating up enemies for the sake of beating them up.

Ugly

  • The game is very lackluster for it's time and genre. Had the game come out in 1987, it would have been more acceptable. Mega Man II, an analogous game, came out a full three years earlier and was vastly superior!
  • Each of the six levels are very similar, sharing a lot of the same enemies, and each stage is also very short with little variety.
  • The controls for the boss battles are particularly bad. Jumping is mostly useless since you don't jump high enough to avoid attacks, and your jump attack doesn't reach the enemy. Most of the bosses can be defeated just by pushing them into the corner and mashing the attack button, but a couple require a bit of strategy. The boss of the final stage, in particular, requires a special strategy to defeat that isn't obvious at first.

Media

Box Art

Titles

Language Native Transliteration Translation
Japanese 鳥人戦隊ジェットマン Chojin Sentai Jettoman Birdman Squadron Jetman

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