|Title: Solomon's Key
Rom Player: NESticle
Reviewer: Will Moglia
Synopsis: Solomon's Key isn't incredibly well known, but those who do know it all seem to rave about it.
It is one of those lovely puzzle games that give you a heroin like addiction while they nuzzle a place into your heart. You are Dana, a little elf type thing that runs about through different rooms/solving puzzles in order to save someone (I think ferries). You can make blocks and destroy blocks, and by doing so, you can hop onto them or off of them etc. Like any Nintendo game, you also have fireballs.
Each room is a bit of a puzzle and you use your brain to figure out where to make your blocks, brake blocks, and where to hop in order to find the key and then make it to the door.
The graphics are pretty minimal, on par with original Zelda I suppose, but somehow darker. This is a dark game actually, now that I think about it, it has a strange spooky element to it, or at least it did when I was nine.
The music isn't half bad for an 8 bit Nintendo game.
I personally think the game is just awesome. I never owned it (Hell my parents forbid me of having a Nintendo until '89 ) but my neighbor did and this game kind of sealed our friendship. The only problem I would mention is that, now playing it again as an adult and with an emulator that lets me save and load at will, I still cannot pass this freaking game! I got to the very end, or so it seems, and then I just don't know what to do. It's just this strange impossible room with a mirror in the center. WTF?
Outside of the insanity of waiting 12 years to see the ending to this game but never getting to, I'd really recommend this rom. You won't regret it. It could be right up there with the great hits if only more people had known about it back in the day.
ps: The rom you find here is a bit odd. The intro screen is for some reason in Japanese and not the same as in the original game (I believe) but otherwise it's just like the US version (in English etc).
Best Cheats: saving and loading is all you'll need
Game Play: 9
Overall Rating: 8
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