Bucky O’Hare (NES) Retro Review


Bucky O’Hare is a 1992 Action/Platformer for the NES developed and published by Konami. You start with Bucky and have a choice of 4 planets (aka stages) but unlock new characters to play as you win each level before taking on the final level once the first 4 are beaten. Its based on the comic book series of the same name.

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The title screen was quite simplistic with the password being integrated into the menu instead of having its own scren. Its quite quick to show you demo play although thankfully it doesn’t really spoil anything. The little cutscene was nice although simple and the stage select was pretty cool too (especially the music even if it was a bit repetitive).
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Getting into gameplay the graphics looked really nice and once again i quite liked the music even if it does loop alot. Controls were easy to get used like jumping and shooting plus it was nice to see a big life bar instead of the 1 hit death alot of older NES games are known for (although its nice to note you can bring it back by using the password HARD! at the title screen), the fact you hold down B (aka shoot) to fill and use the power bar which isn’t an attack seemed a bit weird and also a bit awkward too although nothing that ruins the enjoyment of the game. The stages are also surprisingly varied with different acts per stage although the games love of holes to you death might annoy a few people whereas i enjoy the challenge. Not to mention they are surprisingly generous with lives and what seems to be life upgrades too.
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Bosses were surprisingly challenging and almost seem cheating at first, for example the boss in the screenshot has a move where he throws a huge boulder that can instantly kill you. However once you notice the pattern it suddenly becomes far easier but the win is just assatisfying as beating a difficult opponent would be. I assume this includes the final boss but sadly i’m not skilled enough to get that far.
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Having multiple characters is possibly one of the best things about this game. They aren’t just cosmetic but all have their own weapon and power giving the game a large amount of replayability. The only thing i don’t really like is the fact you can’t replay levels which effectively cuts down how many stages you can use the unlockable characters on. However thats only a tiny problem and doesn’t affect the overall enjoyment of te game at all.

Overall i found this game quite fun and can highly recommend it to people that still like playing NES games like me.

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