GAME OF THE MONTH
COLLECTION! THE GUARDIAN LEGEND
If you saw my Top 30 list for the NES then you'll notice that I picked
The Guardian Legend as my favourite game (an upset to some). Now I'm
finally going to tell you why I picked this unique action/shooter game out of
all the 700 NES games I played over the years but first here is a little
background on this game. In the Guardian Legend you play has an strange but
very cool aerobot transformer women named Alyssa (who's background is virtually
unknown, I don't even know if she's a real robot or not) and it's her mission
to destroy a massive asteroid carrying strange life forms bend on the destruction
of planet earth.
Here is the first of many bosses through out this huge game.
The game starts off like a regular arcade shoot them up in deep space as Alyssa
flies at full speed towards the gates of the asteroid. If you manage to pass
the gate you'll transform back into a women to begin your ground adventure.
Alyssa then discovers a message on how to destroy this once peaceful world now
invaded by evil aliens by sealing 10 gates and then activating the self destruct
switch. This is now where the game changes to an overhead Labyrinth mode much
like the famous Legend of Zelda. It's now your objective to search for
various keys, weapons, upgrades, chips (money) and even clues if you have any
hope to carry out the last wish of the person of the now ravaged planet of Naju.
Eat your heart out Legend of Zelda!
Sure the game sounds tough but there tons of cool items to find on the world
of Naju to aid Alyssa on her dangerous mission here. Not only can she fire a
unlimited main cannon that can even to be powered over time but she can also
carry 13 different secondary weapons like a double edged light sabre (long before
Darth Maul used one in Star Wars Episode 1 by the way), heat seekers,
wave cannons, the powerful plasma fire cannon (my personal favourite), and many
more. The problem is the secondary weapons have limited ammo so you have to
use them carefully.
Sometimes getting an important power up isn't always easy either because it's
usually guarded by a Land Master in the Labyrinths (by ground) or a Stage Boss
in the Dungeons (by air). Fortunately, the controls here are very responsive
so you can move easily in 8 directions and you can even hold down the button
to shoot instead of jamming it all the time so if you die you can't blame the
controller (you still can though just don't break it like I did). The game also
offers a password system so you don't have to finish it in one sitting. The
only problem with that is you have to enter 16 characters and there are a lot
annoying fonts here (like 0 and O) that look a like.
Be careful! The screen can be really busy at times.
Another cool thing about the game is how the graphics literally push the NES
to its 8-bit limits here. The screen can easily get filled with monsters, robots,
or enemy fire and yet the game never seems to slowdown neither. You'll see several
different like fish and sea creatures in the water area and centipedes and eye
balls in the organic stages of the map, so you'll encounter new enemies in each
new section that you unlock which will drive you to play on. The sound is also
very impressive in TGL as well. To the catchy fast paced music for each new
world, to the loud sound effects your weapons give off you won't mind turning
up the volume for this stuff.
Not only is this thing ugly but quite huge too. Good Luck!
The Guardian Legend is still my favourite NES of all time, even after all these
years. It combines three of the best styles of game play in a video game I think
of (shooter, role playing, and adventure) and the game will challenge you with
several different enemies and exciting new areas. Super
Mario Bros. 3 and the Legend
of Zelda are also great NES games but not even they had the intensity
of TGL here. Sadly I don't think there will ever be a sequel to this awesome
game, the companies that made the game are either defunct or are too busy with
other products, so TGL remains a NES exclusive for the time being (chances are
you won't be seeing this on the Nintendo Wii either).All the more reason to get the game while you
still can, I got my copy with the original box and instructions on eBay for
only $9 US, a total bargain if you ask me. This
game is not only very intense but the
Guardian Legend is truly a one of a kind! You can see my 2 pieces of artwork,
or go to my Strategy Guide of TGL below.