Newest Review: ... of the city is utterly flat, with only a few buildings actually cropping up here and there. These visual complaints are as nothing comp... more
Member Name: Burning_Darkness
Date: 12/07/12, updated on 12/07/12 (16 review reads)
Advantages: graphics are ok for the time
Disadvantages: infuriating and dull beyond words. No fun whatsoever.
Superman on the N46 is one of those games like ET on the Atari 2600 and Action 52 on the NES that has become notorious for its unparallelled awfulness. Graphically it isn't too bad for its time, with half-decent 3D character and building models as Superman flies about a city. Objects only become visible from a short distance away however, and worse than that most of the city is utterly flat, with only a few buildings actually cropping up here and there.
These visual complaints are as nothing compared to the game's real fault though- the gameplay. The game starts with a message from Lex Luthor that reads "Superman- to save your friends, first solve my maze". Then the game proper reveals itself in all its maddening, tortourous hideousness. Put simply, you have to fly through floating rings. And that's pretty much it. Just fly through ring after ring after ring, wrestling with the clumsy controls whilst looking at the dull, lifless backdrops. How is that even a maze? And it takes about as much 'solving' as does successfully putting on a pair of shoes. If you miss out two or three rings, you have to start again. You can fly back and go back through a ring if you accidentally go past it, but the time limit is so unforgiving that doing so will cause you to lose anyway. Each stage goes of for several minutes, and if you manage to pass it you come to another brief section in which you have to mash buttons in order to pick up cars or punch out criminals, often with only seconds left on your timer. And then its back to the rings again.
Superman 64 is zero fun. It's anti-fun in fact. It's an endurance test seemingly designed to drive people into insane, gibbering wrecks. Put simply, it's one of the worst games ever made.