If you plan to shelve your Genesis for the newer, sleeker Saturn, hold on. Vectorman is fast and fun, and it'll torch your thumbs for days to come. This game rocks!
From the moment you take control of this ballsy character, your jaw will hang open in amazement at what Vectorman does with the 16-bit Genesis engine. This platform game comes on with great guns, a morphing hero, and diverse, well-detailed levels.
- Get enemies to congregate around you, then use the one-shot destruction gun to knock out everything.
- It's Frogger! To get out of this ribbiting level, shoot as you progress upward and be careful not to touch the pink arrows.
- To go to a special bonus round, blow up the transceiver, and then blow up the dish above it.
- In Stage Two, remember to jump forward and shoot. Avoid the hand by jumping while filing continually to destroy it
The story line is simple: On a futuristic Earth, humans have abandoned their homes because of the pollution. They leave behind "orbots" to clean up the mess, and an orbot named Raster accidentally gets attached to a nuclear weapon and becomes "Warhead." This new orbot wants to welcome back the humans a little differently than they hoped -- with worldwide nuclear chaos.
Another orbot named Vectorman has just returned from a sludge dump on the sun, and he wants to restore things to status quo. His battle to return Earth to the humans takes him through 15 levels, including a gorgeous polar level and an equally stunning underwater stage.
Be careful when you spot these pesky dragonflles. They appear in swarms, usually in groups of five, and they hide until destroyed.
Armed to the Titanium Teeth
Vectorman is armed with a standard laser shot, but he quickly discovers other weapons, including a rapid-fire laser cannon and a three-way shot. One-ups, power- ups, and health-ups give you much-needed muscle. Vector- man also has the ability to morph into other objects -- a drill, a race car, a bomb, and so on.
Since weapon selection is automatic, control is a breeze. You simply shoot and jump. The only difficulty is the number of enemies that come rushing at you every second.
- Special morphing icons must be used in the immediate vicinity. Look around and choose a path before you grab it.
- These angler fish are hard to find but full of goodies.
The graphics are the game's best feature. The rendered Vectorman is generously drawn, with light and shadow created carefully on his form. This is especially evident when he shoots his gun.
All enemies follow a sphere theme, from the bulbous polar bear in Stage Two to the miniature ball men in Stage Seven. Everything, including the backgrounds, is eye candy.
The sound is a treat for the ears. Clear explosions rock your TV speakers, and the other sound effects, like the ricochet of bullets on steel, are amazing. The music is techno at its worst, but it's still pretty good.
Drawbacks? Two-player simultaneous action would have been sweet, but that's like asking Cod to put another color in a great sunset. Some of the bonus rounds are weak, and some of the levels are painfully difficult, but the challenge is what makes this game great.
Great Ball Game
These few inconsistencies don't even make a dent in this otherwise awesome game. If you're looking for fast action, fantastic scenery, and rewarding gameplay, Vectorman has the balls you're looking for.
The first boss is a breeze -- just keep shooting the bomb hatch while it's open.