With a name like StarTropics, you’d probably expect an Adventure Island 2D side-scrolling styled title. What you’ll find though, is something completely different. Jump into the shoes of Mike Jones as he ventures onto a tropical island to visit his uncle, Dr Steven Jones. Upon landing on the island, Mike makes a shocking discovery, his uncle is
Let’s map this one out
StarTropics is an action adventure game viewed from a top-down perspective. The game incorporates an open world type of map where players will see Mike from a birds-eye view while making their way from village to village or whilst travelling in the submarine across the ocean. When entering a cave or dungeon-like area the view changes to a zoomed in form, revealing more of the protagonist’s features. Keep in mind though that although you’ll see the protagonist in an enlarged view, it is still a game that was released in 1990 so don’t expect to see cheekbones or even the character’s mouth.
Each character will guide the player by granting them clues on where to go next or what to look for.
While on your adventures across the islands, players will participate in conversations with numerous non-player characters. Each character will guide the player by granting them clues on where to go next or what to look for. In a lot of the cases however, the clues are not free. It would seem that Mike is not the only one who has suffered a calamity with his Uncle gone missing. Players will have to help the non-player characters save and rescue their loved ones from similar calamities or worse. And upon successful missions, you’ll then be able to proceed further into the game.
Quests or rescue missions are not the only wall of course to overcome. Mike will come across many enemies, strange enemies. Thankfully none of these encounters
The deadly… yo-yo?
Although Mike doesn’t need to worry too much in the open map world area, within the dungeons as mentioned above, are dangers at every corner. Thankfully Mike has an incredible arsenal of weapons and tricks up his sleeve. One of the most effective tools in the game…a yo-yo. The yo-yo is given to Mike early on in the game and is capable of hitting anything within a two space radius in front of Mike. The best part about the yo-yo, unlike the other weapons, is that it doesn’t have a limited number of uses. Other weapons include a baseball bat, slingshot and fire torches, although I didn’t find myself using them as much as the yo-yo, and its upgrade. Weapons aren’t the only aid Mike has though. Across secret and hidden areas in the open map area, players can find large hearts. When collected this will increase Mike’s health by an additional heart. Mike also has access to items within the dungeon areas that will grant the player additional lives and restoration of health.