Time trip back to the Roaring '20's in El Viento by Renovation. El Viento? That means "the Wind", and an ill wind definitely blows through this hot, 8 meg, horizontally scrolling action/adventure game. In 1928 New York City, a bunch of mobsters and a weird religious group have banded together to summon the vile wind demon, Hastur -- not good! You guide a beautiful young woman named Annet in an attempt to crush the crazies before they make the Big Apple rot.
Weapons of the Wind
As Annet, you get some impressive firepower. Your primary weapons are bladed boomerangs, but the Wind Spells do the real damage. You begin with Fire Balls, which enables you to throw flames. Throughout the game you acquire four more Spells such as Water Current, which shoots a destructive water current along the ground; Wind Cutter, an awesome wide-area blast; and the self-explanatory Explosion. For every two stages that you complete, you acquire another Spell, and you can toggle easily among them at any time.
ProTip: Always search breakable blocks for potions which restore Annet's life bar.
El Viento is a hair-raising adventure that keeps you on your toes. There are eight stages with 20 scenes total. Annet begins on the mean streets of New York. She must then fight her way through the SpeakEasy night club and an automobile plant. Each level takes place in a different urban setting such as underground sewers and massive skyscrapers.
The place is overrun with hitmen and assorted mystic vermin, such as sneaky serpents and deadly birds. In the last area of each stage, Annet takes on some of the toughest boss creatures and devices around.
Play Up a Storm
Here's a game that's ultra tough, but fun and looks good, too. El Viento has splendid graphics and animation. The colors seem limited in the beginning levels, then the palette paints up a spectacular storm as the game progresses. Nice-looking cinema screens enrich the storyline after you complete a level.
Just like the wind (El Viento), this game moves fast! Annet is very easy to control, but this is NOT a game that you'll breeze through in one sitting. You're limited to three continues and the upper levels become positively spastic!
If you're hyped for a thumb-bustin' action game, give El Viento a spin. You just may be blown away!