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The Mask Of Zorro (GB)

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      05.04.2009 21:33
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      "The Mask of Zorro" is a video game released to the Gameboy Color console in 2000 by SunSoft. It is based on the 1998 feature film of the same name. The ESRB panel in the United States rated this title as "E" which deemed it suitable for all ages.

      As stated previously, the storyline closely follows the late 1990s film and anyone familiar with it would be able to immerse themselves immediately within gameplay. It is based on a hero's plight against an evil ruler. The original Zorro was captured and imprisoned, and this has led to an uprising of a new "Zorro" hero. The player takes control of this new character and guides him through California to do battle with Governor Montero.

      The game is an action typed platform title and gameplay reflects that. The player will guide Zorro through a series of stages and use available environmental features, such as ropes and other climbing instruments, to guide his or her on screen character along the way. There is little difficulty in this title. The player is immediately equipped with a sword, which comes across as more of a small dagger, and thrusts Zorro's way through countless enemies which all return to life if a player retreats back to where the enemy was originally encountered (an endless cycle of respawning for a more technical term). There doesn't appear to be the standard "life" system in this title as the player has the opportunity to make use of endless continues should Zorro perish. These features make for very simple gameplay.

      Graphics wise, Zorro is not a game scoring high. The developers of this game put little effort into character creation and often repeated similar designs throughout each enemy. There is said to be a total of eight visually different characters which the player will encounter. There is also a noticeable criticism in that the characters are eyeless; there is no pixel settings to create what would be an eyeball appearance. Audio likewise is not to my personal taste and features one very repetitive and monotonous musical composition throughout the entire game.

      I would be hesitant about recommending this game to prospective buyers. The game does follow closely on from the film but that is the only advantage I would be able to suggest in it.

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