Aug 14 2009

New Zealand Story

zorro @ 1:40 am

I first played this game on the Amiga and it was an extremely faithful reproduction (by Ocean – the platform masters). Cute, lovable characters with lots of slightly confused references to both New Zealand and Australia.

It’s funny but I always thought the leopard seal was going to eat them, but it appears that there was something far more insidious than natural selection at work – capitalism!  Yep, he planned to sell them on the black market.

Superb, pixel-perfect control and nicely drawn, if simple, backgrounds added to a crazy back-story about rescuing Tiki’s fellow kiwis from a fate worse than death at the hands of an evil leopard seal mastermind.  Every four levels you met a boss, which had to be beaten with a different strategy.  Extra weapons were left conveniently lying around and included boomerangs, bombs, laser guns and even a bible!

This game was ported to an amazing number of systems, I think Taito made more money from licensing fees than from the game itself!

The following systems received a port: FM Towns, Megadrive, Amstrad CPC, Spectrum, Master System, PC Engine, Commodore 64, Nintendo NES, Amiga, Atari ST and the Game Gear.

Incidentally the game was bundled with the Amiga 500 at one point – as part of the Batman pack.

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