Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Recommended Gaming: Yo! Noid (NES)

Does anyone remember Domino's Pizza's mascot, The Noid? The Noid was a funny guy in a red suit who liked to steal people's pizza in the late 80's and early 90's. Like most commercial mascots, he eventually went the way of the dodo. Remember Little Caesar? But, at least they released an excellent NES platformer based on The Noid before his untimely demise.

The game is fairly basic, but still with some depth. Your goal is to make it to the end of each level and get to the pizza eating contests. You have a yoyo that you use as an offensive weapon and collect scrolls for your special attack. There are small scrolls that are only used to collect power, and Large scrolls that can be used for more power, or you can hit them with the yoyo to open them up for different special attacks.

There are many different levels, each a little different than the previous, but all fun. The first level is at the docks, they move up & down and water fills the lower portions so you have to time your jumps correctly. Other levels include an ice skating rink, a skateboarding level, sewers, a flying level and more.

There are bonus pizza eating contests between stages, where you have to beat out another Noid in a sort of card game. It really helps to break the monotony that some platformers get stuck with.

I really like the music in this game. It's simple, yet very upbeat & catchy. The sound effects are also good considering the NES' limited capabilities.

Yo! Noid is an unexpected classic, that brings back some nostalgic memories of funny childhood commercials. Not that I'd expect a "Where's the Beef?" game to be any good or anything, but it sure beats the hell out of McDonaldland! Anyway, I recommend this game to anyone who likes good 8-bit platformers, it's a pleasant surprise!

Yo! Noid plays well in LittleJohn with standard, default settings.


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