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Your prayers have been answered and the Gods are with us. Mindscape has converted this imaginative and clever personal computer action/adventure game for the Genesis. This inspired twist on the now familiar, side-scrolling, action game genre will knock the lightning bolts right out of your hands.
Gods Help Us
The gods have issued a challenge. Any mortal who can beat their fiercest monsters, reveal their most cunning traps, and escape their labyrinth-like citadel will gain mankind's most coveted prizes: Immortality and a rightful place among the gods of myth and legend.
Gods is a one-player, action/adventure, brain twister with a mythic touch. You play a Greco-Roman warrior, who roams through detailed, hieroglyphic-like backgrounds, that are straight off the walls of a Greek temple. Overall, the artwork is heavenly. The music backs them up with mystical hip- hop, a cross between U-2 and a Dionysian Depeche Mode.
You begin the game unarmed, but as you travel through four Cities (each containing three Worlds), you pick up weapons and power-ups. You need all the weapons you can get to beat huge, fantastic, end-level Guardians, such as the Centurion, the Minotaur, and the Dragon, who have a chip on their shoulders against mortal men. Not to worry, O Brave Warrior, these monsters don't stand a prayer against your .mighty mortal muscle.
ProTip: In the World 1's first City open the switch on the upper right hand side of the first level and destroy the traps. Close the switch before you proceed up the ladder. Find the level on the upper left side of the screen, open it to destroy the traps to your left and then close it. A stone will move below you to reveal a teleport gem shortcut.
Each level is overflowing with trickery and deceit in the form of false floors, hidden passages, and monsters that appear at random to chomp on your heroic butt.
Wanted: Spiritual Guidance
Gods will make you justify your claim to immortality. During your search, you'll find levers that open and close secret passages. The lever action is what sets this game apart from your typical hack 'n' slash game. It can drastically effect your ability to reach certain destinations. It can also hinder or help your hunt for the ends of the Worlds, where you must fight for immortality against the Guardians.
The things that you really need to finish the game don't come cheap. At the end of the second World in each City, the Shopkeeper strolls by to collect your cash and sell you his stash. For a price, you can buy bouncing axes, fireballs, power-ups, and food (to restore your health). You amass your dracmas by finding treasure and by defeating monsters and collecting their gems.
To Err Is Human; to Forgive Is Out of the Question
It's a good thing there's no time limit in this game, since Gods will wrack your brain and chew up your spare time. Some of the puzzles are so hard and require such intense thought that they definitely bump this game up out of the minor leagues.
- Long folls will drain your health. Look for a nearby ladder to latch onto or fond a shield icon that renders you invincible for 15 seconds.
- After you beat the Guardian write down the password and use it to restart the game. You'll start over with 80.000 smackers and a chance to buy an extra life, among other things.
- In the third City's of first World follow this level until you reach the ladder on the right. Climb down the ladder and continue to the right of the level. Kill all the monsters and return to your starting points.
Gods isn't supreme, but it is divine. The movement of the main character is a little quirky, and quirky is not what you need in a tight jam. The bosses are a little easy to master, especially if you have spare men, but the pilgrimage to them is definitely 99% of the fun. You can play this game to eternity and still find hidden rooms and shortcuts. Gods is great! Gods is good!
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Gods has descended for the SNES, and its arrival is nothing less than divine. This one-player, action/puzzle game was heavenly on the Amiga and the Genesis. Now, it's ready to make an equally miraculous SNES incarnation.
They Got the Whole World in Their Hands
Gods by Mindscape is as unique as any game created for the SNES. In it, you play a Warrior who's been challenged by the Gods. To win immortality, you must battle through each of the game's four Cities, each with three sub-levels, or "worlds". Each city requires an unusual and fascinating blend of monster mashing mayhem and brain-teasing intellect.
To puzzle your way through the levels, experiment with different levers and doors to find the right combination that'll enable you to escape. At the same time, you've got to worry about keeping your meter from dipping too far into the red as you're attacked by an evil cohort of fiendish gargoyles and otherwordly nasties.
It'll take superhuman abilities to defeat the Gods in this tough game. If you can battle your way past a Centurion, a Minotaur, two Dragons, and other assorted demons, then you deserve the right to live forever. The Gods in this game are not merciful. However, along the way you'll meet a storekeeper who wants your shekels bad enough to risk offending the Gods by selling you a few goodies. You can shop for everything from Fireballs and Power-Ups to extra lives and food.
When the Minotaur backs up, it means he's gonna charge. Run towards him and sneak under him while he's airborne.
Diggin' the Divineness
While the music is hot and definitely post- Pompeii, the gorgeous graphics are a definite blast from the past, the waaayyy past, as in ancient Greece. Don't stop to enjoy the scenery and decipher the 'glyphs, though, or you'll definitely be demon dogmeat. The enemies run the gamut of evil from hunchbacked henchman to teeth-gnashing trolls. They fly, walk, and run right into you, so keep your concentration focused straight ahead, even as your prayers go upward.
Oh my Gods
Whether or not you crave immortality, Gods is an otherwordly experience you'll want to check out as soon as it's available. Mindscape displayed more than a little omnipotence in porting over this powerful game. Who wouldn't want to play in this heavenly league?
Hercules is aiming to achieve immortality by completing the task the Gods have set him. His task is presented as a platform adventure set in ancient Greece, featuring a variety of enemies as you play it through.
Of more significance, however, is the game's Artificial Intelligence system, in which creatures monitor how you play, and try to find safer positions. Also, the game offers more bonuses and power-ups if you're struggling to progress. Even without those, there are lots of bonus sections to find and unlock.