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It really isn't. The bonus stages (aside from the swinging hammer which is just stupidly impossible) are actually pretty addictive and the gameplay, while awkward, is kind of engaging, too, when you get used to it. Some might complain that it's too short (which was justifiable when this was released in 1987), but I find its length prevents it from overstaying its welcome. It's actually a decent entry into the annals of an otherwise dismal library of LJN games. I had fun playing this game.
I just beat it on my trusty old NES through the PowerPak from retrousb.com.