NES AtoZ 73: Golgo, Goonies, Gotcha, Gradius … Waldo

Golgo 13

Golgo is a side scrolling narrative adventure based on the anime series which I have never watched. That game has a pretty cool style with a mature look. We had a pretty tough time figuring out how not to get hit by bullets in our short time playing, which kinda ruined our fun.


Goonies is a cool action adventure game which has puzzle/maze gameplay. You must solve rooms by finding keys and blowing stuff up with bombs while avoiding endlessly responding enemies. The controls are right and responsive and the concept was easy to understand. It even has pretty decent music. Clear win.

Goonies II

This game is similar to the first Goonies with some notable changes. Your character now has a yoyo as a weapon and they introduced first-person maze stages when you enter rooms. The variety is refreshing but these maze stages are historically very irritating to navigate on the NES and I wish it wasn’t here. Regardless, this game offers a large open world for exploration and pretty straight-forward progression. You find keys, open doors, search rooms for items etc.


I didn’t have high hopes for this game, but I was impressed! I guess this is actually a paintball capture the flag game instead of a typical war game. That is an interesting direction. Aside from simply shooting people you need to get to the end of the level and grab a flag, and then get the flag back without getting killed. If the enemy gets your flag,  you need to kill the flag-bearer to get your flag back to the start. Awesome game, would be a pleasure to play with a light gun.


Gradius needs to introduction, except for my two guests. One of the classic SHMUPS on the NES and arcade. This game offers a relatively unique power-up scheme, allowing the player to purchase the upgrades they want from an active menu on the bottom of the screen. The power-ups include basic things like speed up, double shot, missile, and laser, but then also some exotic power-ups like the coveted “option” which doubles your firepower. There was never a doubt that this game is getting a one.

I would also like to pay special attention to the amazing box art of this game. It has that awesome 80s Star Wars feeling and makes me feel like a badass pilot. Great job.

Great Waldo Search

The game is about as boring as you would think it is, but it actually isn’t bad. I mean realistically what do you expect from a Waldo NES game? This is probably exactly what you are thinking. The game gives you sprawling images full of visual clutter and ask you to locate Waldo and some other random items. The images are larger than the screen and actually have you scrolling left and right to see the entire thing which I thought was pretty innovative.

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