Nerd-bashing has been going on since the dinosaur days -- just ask cave-dudes Joe and Mac. They know from first hand experience the devastating aftermath of nerd-bashing -- nerd revenge!
Yes, the cave-nerds are having the last geeky chuckle 'cause they crept into Joe and Mac's camp and scared off all the Cave Babes. There's only one thing to do now -- grab a club and scour the countryside.
Not only are Joe and Mac handsome fellows, you get the pleasure of enjoying both of their mugs at the same time. Yup, Joe and Mac is one of the few, new side scrolling SNES titles with a two player buddy system. Even if you're a "lone wolf” by nature and prefer to tackle the video world alone, it's always nice to have the option to take along a friend.
Another groovy game-play option is the 2 Player Super Game, which enables you to either compete or cooperate in the search for the Cave Babes. There's also a Mode selection for skill levels: Easy, Normal, and Hard. The only detectable difference between the Modes is that you're allowed the most continues in Easy (3) and the least in Hard (2).
ProTip: Stay to the far left of the prehistoric sword-fish and blast them as they jump out of the water.
My, What Big Teeth You Have
Life is brutal outside the safety of one's cave. Joe and Mac learn a hard and fast lesson in self defense as they make their way through three four-part stages covering everything from icy subterranean caverns to red hot volcanic wastelands. Keep an eye out for dinosaur eggs: crack the right one open and a Pink Pterodactyl carries you off to one of six Bonus Stages. If you're a really shrewd gamer, you may even discover a few secret stages.
Bonus stage Pterodactyls won't carry you off to a bonus stage unless all enemies have been destroyed and/or are off the screen.
You encounter exactly what you'd expect in the wilds of prehistory: dinosaurs, dinosaurs, and more dinosaurs. Some are big, some are small, some swim, some fly, and some even cry. There's also an abundance of ill mannered fellow cave dwellers who, apparently, would rather hunt Joe and Mac than dinosaurs for dinner.
- Don't waste time trying to knock the beehives down in Level Two. Take a few stings and make a "beeline" to the top of the tree.
- The Boomerang is the best all around weapon.
Speaking of dinosaurs and belligerent cavemen, that brings us to the topic of weapons. What else would cavemen carry other than the infamous wooden club? For your combat pleasure they carry plenty more than just an overgrown twig. By cracking open dinosaur eggs, Joe and Mac can power up their clubs so that they shoot Bones, Boomerangs, Fire, and the world's greatest invention...Wheels! Once you collect all the power ups possible they're yours to keep, and you can switch ammo with a tap on the Select button.
Stay to the far left of the screen and use the boomerang weapon to destroy the wooly mammoth boss.
Now that you know J & M have cool clubs and power-ups, the question is how well can they use them, and do they look good doing it! The answer to both is "yes." J & M can swing, jump, squat, and turn on a dime.
Use the wheel weapon in the hot lava stage. Not only will the wheels roll up hill, they can also destroy boulders.
The graphics are in full technicolor bloom, including the background scenes which are as crisp as movie matte paintings.
When compared to the arcade version, however, there are a few things missing. Joe and Mac can't perform the cool swinging elbow-jab move that they use in the arcade game, and they don't have the variety of facial expressions. The stage bosses have an annoying habit of reappearing albeit in different colors. However, the bits that were lost in the translation are all so minor, they don't really take much, if anything, away from the game.
- If you lose a life and your spirit begins to float skyward, move towards solid ground. Otherwise, when your additional life kicks in and you fall back to earth over shaky footing, you may lose another life.
- When the lizard-creature rolls himself into a tiny ball and hurts himself into the air, move to the far left or right of the screen; he always falls towards the center of the screen.
Fun in the Ancient Sun
Joe and Mac is looking pretty strong coming out of the SNES starting gates. Although it's not a super intense action/adventure, it has a solid foundation of great graphics, easy game-play, lots of levels, and rockin' tunes which make it a fun game, especially for two-person play. Join the prehistoric "club" and take a peek into the past with Joe and Mac.