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Video swordfighters looking to brighten up their day can dive into Dark Water. The Pirates of Dark Water vividly recreates the fantasy/adventure depicted in the animated TV series and the action toy figures of the same name. Dark Water shipmates will recall the tale of Prince Ren, who must find the six fabled Treasures of Rule in order to dry up the sinister Dark Water, which threatens to defile the ocean world of Mer. His cohorts are the former pirate loz and the Ecomancer warrior Tula.
This is a hearty hack-n-slash Genesis action/adventure game cast in the nearclassic mold: Have sword, will travel (but no kidnapped princess). You slice and dice through eight wondrous but deadly stages as you seek the Six Treasures to drain the Dark Water.
Dark Water Sailors
You can play any of the three characters in this single-player quest. The precise, imaginative controls put you in complete command. The game's basic two-button fighting mechanism is familiar: jump, slash, or throw a special weapon, like Tula's Ecomancer Energy. You can stop or jump on a dime, and you can even grab onto objects to save yourself during a fall. Each character has talents that give them advantages in certain stages or against certain enemies.
- If an item drops out of the screen when you uncover it, immediately jump down after it. It might be intact.
- Don't use Niddler to swap characters unless it's critical, and always stockpile Minga Melons.
- If you must make a blind jump in the Pandawa Jungle, remember that the coconut booby traps always hang above a platform.
- You can't drop from somewhere unless there's something under you.
Water's Dark and Deep
The familiar-but-fun video swordfighting is cut-and-dried, but it's challenging enough to make you cut and cry. Even though accomplished adventurers will wade through much of the Dark Water opposition, each stage eventually stalls you with massive evil heat and some cool curveballs, such as the Dark Water's living blobs of yuck that chase after you. Three lives don't leave much room for error, but at least you get passwords.
- Nets have limited range, and you can cut your way out of them.
- For some reason there are plenty of nifty hiding places, but you never find anything In them.
- You can survive up to a three-story drop.
Since bad guys drop items when you slay them, the game's inventory system comes in handy. You carry Keys to open doors, Food to recharge energy, and four Potions that give you important tactical advantages. The Gravity Potion, for example, zips you across the screen when you jump.
Every stage is populated by unique-looking foes. Villainous pirates, vile spider creatures, and skeleton soldiers are among the aggressive gangs. If you whack them, they reappear when you backtrack. You'll also curse the net- tossers of the Pandawa Jungle, the Bobo Mountain spearmen, and the freeze-spell genie in the Andorus caves. The bosses, unfortunately, are not so tough. They generally succumb to pattern attacks, if you can figure them out.
- You can stockpile some items by using the ol'hack-the- enemy-then-leave-the-screen- and-retum trick.
- One projectile nails two foes if they're close together.
- To beat Konk in the Pori of Pandawa, repeat this attack sequence: Charge, slash, and leap over him. Beat him quickly or he'll launch sharp stuff.
- Unlike his cohorts, loz can dispatch foes with one swordstroke.
The primo game art stars character graphics from the TV show. The parallax-scrolling backgrounds are absolutely otherworldly. The animation features some nifty (if sporadic) CPU-controlled fighting moves. For example, Tula pulls a nice backward judo throw and loz has a nasty stab-and-lift sword strike.
The Dark Water audio is a little wet, though. The music sounds good, but while the opening tune kicks, the stage tracks are much too repetitive. The effects, on the other hand, are sparse. All the evil dudes voice the same "ughhh" when they get hit. Moreover, the character description screens show favorite phrases for each hero, but you never get to hear them.
A Pirate's Life for You
This hack-n-slash game is a cut above the rest of the crew. You may have to channel surf to find Dark Water on the tube, but if you're looking for video adventure, Pirates is prime for plunder.
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