At the tender age of 15 I reviewed this and pretended to be an Expert.
Yeah, I was going through a phase in high school that eventually got a name - Trolling. That explains why a lot of my earliest reviews suck.
But here's the funny part. I actually liked this game. Really, I did. I still kinda do. it's got that little bit of charm and fond memories of playing NES titles back in the day that allowed you to be the character in a movie, but also the frustration of getting annihilated in one hit and losing virtually everything you earned.
So, here's my adult, mature, Troll-free review.
Jaws puts you into the wetsuit of a scuba diver. His job? Kill Jaws and save amity from the horror that is a 25 foot long behemoth of a shark. To do so, he'll be sailing across the waters, looking for the shark.
To try and save this game's good points, It did incorporate something that a lot of popular RPG's in the 1990's did - Random Encounters and levelling up. How so? Every few moments, your boat will hit something, and you're forced into the water to kill Jellyfish and stingrays. Unless you think killing the same 2 enemies over & over is boring, you're going to enjoy most of the game, because 80% of the time, that's what you'll be doing. Also, you'll be collecting Conch shells, these are your XP points. when you're on the world map, sail into a port (Marked by an Anchor on the map) to collect the Scanner and level up. The higher your level, the stronger your speargun gets. Quite often, Jaws shows up and if you hit him with your ship, you're forced to fight him, and unless your power level is around 5 or 6, it'll be a long, boring, tedious fight which won't even end because jaws just swims away before you get a chance to deliver the final blow.
However, here's possibly the most painful part of the game. Get hit once by anything, and you lose half your power level and one life. and oh yeah, you get three lives only.
Now, my Stats review.
Music & Sound - 3/5 - Probably the best part. Hearing the Jaws theme in it's 8-bit chiptune glory is worth the 3 bucks you'll buy it on ebay for (Or just download it free off a ROM site like the rest of us.) Gameplay - 3/5 - For the time, the random encounters and levelling up was somewhat new, but it was done with all the kinks still in it.
Controls - 2/5 - The sliding swimmer sucks.
Graphics - 4/5 - I have to Admit, the Graphics for the NES are good, right down to the title screen. It looks great in 8-bits.
Characters - 1/5 - Your diver's nameless, the enemies are pathetic, and Jaws is even more pathetic.
Overall - 2/5 So, there's my review of the Jaws Video game for the NES. If you wanna play a jaws game that makes you do what you really want to do, Play Jaws Unleashed on the PS2.
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