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Over Horizon

version: pal (de) - year: 1991 - developer: Hot-B - publisher: takara - format: nes, cartridge - condition: mint - rarity: very

The European cover art looks less childish compared to the Japanese artwork

 

A very inspired shmup, never released in the USA

 

With cool bosses and clever gameplay

 

Here, the scrolling will accelerate to insane levels while this mid-boss will gradually try to corner you!

Review - Developed by Hot-B and published by Takara in Europe , Over Horizon is a true forgotten gem, a masterpiece that got the attention it deserved well over a decade after the Nes burial!

Although pretty simple with no particularly fancy effects, the graphics work really well. There is no flickering, levels have a clean look and the color choice is very appropriate. Enemy fire is always easy to see, even in the most tense situations. The scrolling is really smooth although there is no trace of parallax effects. Bosses are huge, beautifully drawn and their design is inspired.

The music is definitely well done. The Nes sound chips are used with skill to deliver some truly memorable tunes which flawlessly blend in with the on-screen action.

Gameplay also flies at very high levels. The ship's handling is basically perfect (I just had issues with the stiffness of the Nes controller for diagonals, but that's not a fault of the game). Interestingly, it is possible to alternatively shoot forward or backward and this means that enemies will attack you from both fronts!

It is also possible to adjust the speed of your spaceship (by pressing the select button) to be able to pass certain bosses more easily. By pressing both fire buttons simultaneously, you'll be able to spread your satellites in different formations. Over Horizon does everything right.

The 6 levels provided are packed with tight and highly original gameplay. Enemy waves will often come in unexpected ways and some cool obstacles will put your reflexes to test and your brain to work. Difficulty is set the way it should as the game is not easy but not excessively hard either.

In a word, as I already said in the beginning, this is one of the best games on the venerable Nes system. It is actually so good as to have stood the test of time brilliantly.

Bottom line: Over Horizon is so addictive and fun that if you like shooters, you should make sure not to miss it! 8,5/10

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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