You laughed at their TV show. You stole jokes from their movies. But you'll hurl at their eight-bit game. Wayne's World may be fun to visit, but you wouldn't want to play there.
This game does have some goofy charm. The boys crack jokes between levels, the manual is full of clever Waynisms, and enemies include a Stack of Barry Manilow Records and Flying T.V. Test Patterns.
Unfortunately, you didn't come to this game to laugh, you came to play, and this is where the game spews. You alternate between the two teenage heroes, Wayne and Garth, as they fight through five urban settings in search of Benjamin, a slimy TV exec. As they walk and jump from the local music store to a nightclub and on to Benjamin's babe lair, the pair Kick and shoot past a weak army of enemies. There's virtually no challenge -- the enemies are dodgeable, hit- table, and beatable as they "approach you. This is remedial game bored beginners.
ProTip: Garth doesn't need to go to the right on Level 2. Avoid the energy-draining fights there and bounce up to the left, where the exit is.
They're Hot Worthy
Great graphics -- NOT! If you wondered why the NES is becoming extinct, take a look at these flat backgrounds and undetailed sprites. In some of the levels --the Gasworks of Level 2, for instance -- you'd have no idea where you were if the manual didn't tell you. The Gasworks is a nightclub? Uh, OK.
As bad as the graphics are, the sounds are even worse. For two guys who love cool music, Wayne and Garth do their fighting to a pretty cheesy soundtrack. The boing and ping sound effects are reminiscent of mid-'80s games, and the only vocal is Wayne's cry of "No way!" when you lose. Great sounds? "No way" is right.
Back to the Basement
Wayne's World is a game you wish you could like, if only because there's the potential for good-natured fun with these average-joe heroes. And with so few NES games coming out, every game needs to be a hit to keep the system alive. Sadly, Wayne's World is not nearly as cool as Wayne thinks it is.
- Garth can safely stand on some of the Level 1 enemies he's supposed to shoot.
- Use Wayne's Flip Jump to get behind the Gaswork's Boss.