Genre: Multiplayer Party
Publisher: Batlab Electronics
Total time played: 30 Minutes
Short review: A party game where you and your friends try to live longer than the digital cowboy in this game of Russian Roulette.
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Well, This Has Never Been Done Before
One of the coolest things about the homebrew community is it allows inventive people to create NES games that no one could have thought of 25 years ago or Nintendo would have never approved of. I think you can see by title alone that Super Russian Roulette fits into both categories.
Short and Sweet
This is a party game and lasts under 10 minutes, sometimes much quicker. It isn’t really something you’ll probably play often or unless you are with a group but it will definitely get you some laughs and be entertaining for a short time.
How Do You Play?
First thing, you get to configure the loud mouthed cowboy who will be your computer opponent in the game. There aren’t a lot of options, but, the fact there are options at all makes me happy. I love configurable players and you don’t see that much on the NES.
Regardless of how he looks he will taunt you the same way.
After all the human players enter their initials the cowboy will tell you whose turn it is and all you have to do is hold the NES light gun to your head and pull the trigger. Of course, if you want to be lame you could just pull the trigger without pointing the gun to you head. My college roommate did this for Wii Bowling, he would just sit on the couch and twitch his arm. That removed all the fun for me. I liked to move the coffee table and go all out like I was really on a bowling alley.
Anyway, the last player left standing wins!
If you are lucky you will see this screen and live to play another round.
This means game over for you.
The cowboy will taunt you throughout the game and actually has some pretty good one liners. Surprisingly when he speaks you can understand him decently well (by NES standards). Luckily, there are also subtitles.
Now it is the cowboy’s turn
Surprisingly good animation on this screen.
If you see this it means you won!
I am not sure if the cowboy can lose before only 1 player remains but in the 3-4 times I played through the game it always came down to the cowboy and 1 more player.
For originality this game gets a perfect score. Unfortunately, the excitement and fun only lasts for a few minutes. It is definitely an interesting enough concept that all of your friends will want to give it a try but the game play is so one note it probably wont’ be something you will visit over and over.