The Goonies (Video game)

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Famicom box art.

The Goonies is a platform action game from Konami, released for the Famicom, X1, and PC-88 in 1986 and later ported to the Nintendo Vs. System and the Famicom Disk System.

I first saw this game as the Vs. System in an arcade in the late 1980s. I wasn't able to play the game, but watching some older kids play it, I thought it looked really cool. Later, I rented The Goonies II for the NES and enjoyed it, but couldn't beat it before having to return it. Years later, thanks to emulation, I was able to play the Famicom version and found it to be the origin of many aspects of the sequel. Years later, I decided to hunker down and try to beat the game, which I did.

Status

I don't not own this game, but I have beaten the Famicom version.

Review

  • Overall: 6/10
  • Best Version: Famicom

Good

  • The game is quite fun. The action keeps you on your toes, and, with practice, you can become good enough to beat it without too much difficulty.
  • Konami did a great job at introducing a large portion of the movie into the game: the Fratelli brothers, bats, bobby traps, a pirate ship complete with the ending sequence, even the octopus that was cut from the film shows up!
  • There are a lot of secret power-ups and bonus points to discover.
  • For a game without a save feature or password system, it is a good length. Not so long that you have to leave your system on for days, but not so short that you can finish it in a few minutes.
  • I love the inclusion of the Cyndi Lauper song The Goonies 'R' Good Enough.

Bad

  • The black background is quite dull.
  • Some of the stuff in the game doesn't fit the movie like underground foxes, giant fish, and bone-throwing skeletons.

Ugly

  • Nothing.

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