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Title: Abadox
Rom Player: Nester
Reviewer: Paul

Synopsis: So, Abadox is just another space shooter you say? Well, you ARE correct, but it is a darn good one, and has at least a shred of originality going for it.

The concept of this game seems weird to me... Milton Bradley published it, and Natsume made it... So we have a toy company and the guys responsible for Harvest Moon on board here. Even weirder than the combination is the game... No shameless toy tie-ins or fat cows ready for the milking here, just an insane planet set on destruction and a little guy in a greenish yellow suit hell-bent on stopping the aforementioned destruction. Here is how the story goes (I think): it is the future, and Earth is at relative peace... until a GIANT FREAKING PLANET WITH TEETH comes along and shatters our illusion of safety. There is no negotiating, as this planet has no eyes or ears, and probably just a simple brain that only wants to eat other planets, so you are sent in to take the beast out from the inside. It's a dirty job, but SOMEone has to do it. So ya gotta land on the guy, go in through his mouth, fight your way through his innards (Which are filled with all sorts of freaky foes and machinery), finally blowing the thing to smithereens while escaping out its butt-hole. Ick. Imagine that job... I mean, they could have at least sent you in with a little backup. But no, you are all alone. And this game is no walk in the park. Your weapons aren't all powerful like in some other shooters; Even the best ones don't even fill up half the screen. You gotta be on alert at all times if you want to take down this menace and save Earth.

Gameplay : Quite decent. Fly along, gunning down every freak in your way with your weapons. Like stated earlier, though, the weapons are pretty weak... At least there are shield pickups to help you.

Graphics : Probably the best part of the game, all the graphics are grotesque and detailed. They used to scare the pants off me as a kid, especially the Skele-dog mid-boss on the first level. Of course, I was a real pansy as a kid, but the graphics are still awesome, trust me.

Music : Sci-Fi stuff you would expect from this type of game... Not half bad, but not half good either.

Originality : Well, it's just your basic shooter on the inside, but it has a presentation you never see much on the NES, and the story line is at least kinda original.

Best Cheats: Go to the ending:
This looks like the end... In more ways than one! Enter this code to see the ending, and you also get to be invincible next time you play.
On the "Press Start" screen, press A, A, Up, B, B, Down, A, B, B, Start.

Game Play: 8
Graphics: 10
Music/Sound: 7
Originality: 8
Overall Rating: 8

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