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  Game Name:
Mickey Mousecapade
Release Date:
United States: 1988

Well, all I can say, is that this game is awesome! Great sidescrolling platformer! I just want to play this game over and over again! It's so...great. It's just so much fun, and you have Minnie mouse follow you to help you along the way! There's only one thing I would rather play than this:


No, I don't find this game awesome, at all. It's frustrating and annoying. I've played worse games, but this one is still pretty bad.

The first thing you notice about this game is the title screen. The game is called Mickey Mousecapade, it says it on the box and the cartridge. But, when you start up the NES, you'll see that the title screen just says "Mickey Mouse." It's almost like they changed the name last minute to make the game sell better and just slapped new labels on the cartridges.

Now, when you actually start the game, you'll notice that the graphics aren't too bad. The colors are bright and vibrant and there are many on the screen at once. The only problem graphic wise is you'll notice occasionally that parts of sprites will disappear for a second or two. It seems to happen when other games will have flickering sprites. I'd rather see flickering sprites than this. But unfortunately, we sometimes get flickering sprites as well. But again, for the most part, the graphics aren't bad for an NES game.

Now, right away, you'll notice that the gameplay sucks. The jump feels stiff, like you don't have much control. You don't start out with a weapon, you have to find it. Minnie is a huge burden on you, and if you don't get her weapon right away, you will not have a chance to get it again, and you will need her weapon for later, or the bosses will be almost impossible to beat (although, they're almost impossible anyways).

Minnie gives you a hard time right in the first level. When you climb up a ladder and jump off onto the next floor, Minnie will usually jump off the ladder without finishing the climb, leaving her stuck, so you have to climb back down the ladder to get her, then climb up the ladder and hope she doesn't do the same stupid thing again. In the next level, you're jumps have to be timed perfectly, otherwise, Minnie will not clear the gap and fall. When Minnie falls, you automatically die.

There are also points when this annoying enemy will come out and take Minnie, and then you have to go through the frustration of trying to get her back.

The next thing you will hate about this game is the bosses. Every boss is almost the same repetitive thing. It's always an enemy on one side of the screen throwing a barrage of almost unavoidable projectiles.

There is one level in this game that brings any enjoyment you may have had left down to nothing. The Woods. It is a constantly repeating level. You can't just move forward or you'll just see the same repetitive crap. You have to figure out which door to enter. Yeah, that's another thing, you can't look for paths in the woods, you have to look for doorways in the trees. If you enter the correct doorways, you will progress from spring, to summer, to fall, and finally to winter, where the correct door will send you to a more linear section of the woods. But if you enter the wrong door, you will get sent back to the previous season or even the beginning of the level. Not to mention, you need to find certain doors by shooting trees to make the door appear. So, by the time you get to the Winter, you'll be shooting at every tree, only to end up back at the start. Little would you know, is that the first tree in the level is the one you have to shoot to find the right door. But you wouldn't know this, because the first time you shoot the tree, it doesn't work. You have to walk all the way through the level, then shoot the tree as you are passing the start sign again. So, if you were shooting every tree the first time around, you'll think that it isn't the right tree and not bother shooting it again.

The music in this game is ok, it's nothing special, just ok. I do get the little level intro song stuck in my head all the time.

This game has no replay value. I'd be surprised if you even wanted to finish the game the first time playing. There is also no 2-player. They had the perfect opportunity to make a 2-player co-op, but no, you can't have a more intelligent human take control of Minnie to make her less of a burden.

So, to cap it off. This game sucks. It looks alright visually, but quickly deteriorates after only a few minutes of play.

Graphics: 8/10

Sound: 6/10

Gameplay: 3/10

Replayability: 1/10

Value: 1/10 - Unless you are a collector, do not spend your money on this game, even if it's only a few dollars.

Challenge: There is no "challenge". They make the game hard with poor gameplay and controls over true difficulty like in games like Castlevania and Contra.

Frustration: (Lower number is more frustrating) 1/10 - This game is going to make you want to chuck it or your entire NES out the window.

Overall: 3/10

Written By: Mr. X
Date Submitted: May 12th, 2007

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