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El Viento

version: jp - year: 1991 - developer: wolf team - publisher: renovation products - format: mega drive, 8 mbit cartridge - condition: mint - rarity: hard to find


A decent action platformer by Wolf Team


Watch out for short-tempered neighbors


This seems kind of hard until you discover a bug for which you can repeatedly jump to the back of the tank and shoot it from there with almost no losses


WTF is that?! This game has weird bosses...


This scaling effect is so bad I ran out of words to describe it...


Short intermissions between levels are very well drawn though


After Dick Tracy, blobs and giant pixellated sea-monsters, here is a Castlevania-like level with similar music to match it!


You can collect a total of 5 different magic spells. Here, another f**ked up monster for you to destroy: Ferocious Mutant Soap Bubbles From Outer Space!!

Review - El Viento is a side-scrolling action game with some mild platforming sections which could initially be mistaken to be related to Dick Tracy.

But thing soon change as you move from the 1930s New York setting infested by gangsters to a dolphin ride, caves populated by clueless cavemen and even some level set in a castle very reminiscent of Castlevania.

Graphically, backgrounds are ok even if a bit plain-looking while Annet's animation (the main character) is actually good. Bosses are generally challenging and losing a life will send you back to the beginning of the level. Considering you are only supplied with 3 continues, things could become a bit repetitive especially when you get wiped out by a boss at soon as it shows up.

El Viento is challenging, but you can often use some game bugs to your advantage. It might be a cheap thing to do, but if it works…

I didn't find the music to be particularly inspired while gameplay is actually pretty frenetic and fast paced. In some of the later levels though, I found some enemies to be excessively harassing, which kind of diminished the level of fun of the overall experience.

Having been released only on cartridge, El Viento doesn't have any spoken dialogues or lengthy cut-scenes but short intermissions between levels which I must say are very well drawn.

To conclude, El Viento is a nice action-platformer which isn't a classic, but it has a number of interesting elements which justify its cult-following.

Bottom line: an entertaining action game for the mega drive, with controls which need getting used to....7/10











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