Each Wednesday I take a look back at an old video game that I have either played or never played and give my thoughts on it. These may be PC, Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Genesis or Gameboy games. I won’t play through the whole game, but I’ll play a level or two and everything I do will be captured and put on our Youtube page.
With Avengers 2: Age of Ultron coming out on Friday I thought it would only be right to do a Marvel themed game. I went through my list of games and found an extremely appropriate one on the Super Nintendo. Marvel Super Heroes: War of the Gems is a side scrolling brawler that has you pick from Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, Wolverine and the Hulk to play any of the 4 stages available in the beginning. Each stage has it’s own theme and it’s own specific boss. The four stages are Boston Aquarium, Alaska, Dr. Dooms Castle and the Amazon.
The story starts out with Adam Warlock tasking the chosen heroes to retrieve the missing infinity gems. As mentioned above you get to pick the order of the stages and who you play as in them. I thought that there would be some specific order or hero advantage, but there wasn’t.
As played with each hero I noticed that they all kick and punch, but also have one special move. This move can be performed by tapping the d pad along with the punch button. Depending on who you have, you’ll shoot a projectile or rush the enemy. From what I played only Spider-Man and Wolverine have the ability to scale walls. There is a slight combo system that helps take out enemies quicker, it’s nothing special just a jump kick and then a punch. It works sometimes, but the characters really move so slow that you don’t have a chance to use it that often. The game does that one thing that I hate where when you get hit you get knocked down and lay there for a second before getting up and then you get hit again. A lot of my life was taken away from scenarios like those happening to me. Your life also depletes a lot with the slightest tough from an enemy, it’s almost not fair how many hit they take compared to how many you can.
During the levels I noticed that the enemies were modeled after super heroes. If you watch the video there is a disctint Hawkeye rip off, a horrible Wolverine clone, a flying caped person who is either Moon Knight or Vision, She-Hulks and small goblins that resembled a green Beast.
I didn’t get very far in any of the levels because they were extremely difficult. I wonder just how people passed them when they first came out without the use of a game genie. If you played this game as a kid and was good at it please comment below and tell me what your secret it, I would really like to know.