Review by numberonecubsfan 2
Reviewed: 04/10/03 | Updated: 06/30/03
If it weren't for the tile, I wouldn't know this is a Knight Rider game
Knight Rider is one of those classic series that is so cheap, people can't help but love it. In 1988, Acclaim decided they might make a little money off of this show by making a game based on it. Sadly, their attempt at a video game shows why there have been so few Knight Rider video games.
This is an NES game, and an early one at that. The sound is a pain to listen to. The engine sounds are nothing more then a constant rattle. The music consists of blips that vaguely sound like the Knight Rider theme. The menus make slow, loud, and annoying beeps as you are being given your next mission. I had to turn off the sound. The only reason it doesn't get a zero is because this is an NES game.
The music is very bad, but the Knight Rider theme is at least close.
The controls are very simple. Forward to move, A to jump, B to shoot. NES games rarely have control issues.
I should be lenient here, because with an 8-bit processor the NES could only do so little. But one thing it took Nintendo developers forever to figure out is that if you put to many sprites on the screen at once, some or all of them will become completely invisible, or at least blink in and out of existance. Not only that, but it can drastically slow the game down. Over-use of sprites is an issue in this game. At maximum there should be three cars on the screen at once. Acclaim tried to fit in up to five. The result is is major slowness, invisible cars and bullets, and more frustrations to an already frustrating game.
Knight Rider isn't exactly a game one would call deep. You drive around streets getting shot at by other cars, while chasing a specific car to shoot down. Then you do it again. And again. Not only is it tedious, it's frustrating. There is no way to really avoid the enemy bullets. You can jump over them, but the second you land another wave is coming at you. You're energy doesn't start out at full, so you can get beat rather quickly. With no power-ups except the very occasional missile, death is swift for Michael and K.I.T.T.
Even rabid Knight Rider fans won't enjoy this. After playing through a couple times and not getting anywhere, you won't want to play it again.
If you are obsessed with Knight Rider, like a certain friend of mine, go ahead and download it. If you find a really cheap copy some where, go ahead and but it to add to your collection. Just don't buy this expecting a good game.
Rating: 1.0 - Terrible
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