As one of the most underrated classic game developers, Jaleco has a large library of cool games so let's see how good this collection is.
First up, let's discuss the 4 included NES games. The 2 that I have the fondest memories of from back in the day are Bases Loaded and City Connection. As far as retro baseball games go, Bases Loaded is probably the best and it's still a blast to play nowadays. I remember playing it with my family when I was a kid and the digitized voice and intuitive gameplay really made for an excellent experience. Meanwhile, City Connection is one of those games that I may have had fun with when I was little but it's a very difficult game to enjoy today. Between its finicky controls and tedious gameplay complete with annoying hazards and stage layouts, it's quite a mess.
List of games in Jaleco Collection 1
- Astyanax *
- Bases Loaded *
- Brawl Brothers
- City Connection *
- Earth Defense Force
- Operation Logic Bomb
- Rival Turf!
- Super Goal! 2
- The Ignition Factor
- Totally Rad *
* NES game; the others are Super Nintendo games
Next, 2 games that are actually new to me are Astyanax and Totally Rad. The funny thing about it is that both of these control very similarly as you walk around as a hero who can jump, attack, and cast magic spells. These spells can be selected after pausing the action in both games as well. In Astyanax, the character and enemy sprites are overly large and clunky which makes combat unsatisfying but at least Totally Rad features more manageable action and nifty jump animations. That being said, both of them aren't all that fun.
Super Nintendo games
The SNES library is chock full of beat 'em ups and this collection features 2 of them. The first is Rival Turf! which is one of the most generic brawlers that I've ever played. The walk animations are hilarious, especially when you run and the combat itself merely involves mashing the attack button and jumping out of harm's way. Thankfully, Brawl Brothers is the superior of the 2 as it features much more appealing visuals, competent albeit still simplistic gameplay, and you can tap a button to show off which is pretty funny.
Next up, we have 2 overhead action games. Operation Logic Bomb puts you in the shoes of a hero who's infiltrating a heavily guarded facility and it features satisfying controls where you shoot enemies and can hold a button to lock your rotation in place thus allowing you to strategically manoeuvre around your opponents. It's a lot of fun! The other game is The Ignition Factor which is similar but instead of shooting enemies, you're a firefighter who puts out fires and saves people. I don't find it as fun but it's a solid game nonetheless.
Finally, here's a couple of random titles. Earth Defense Force is a shoot 'em up that's quite average, especially considering how many top-notch Super Nintendo shoot 'em ups there are. Its most striking aspect is that you can choose different weapons and toggle your satellites' formation by the tap of a button. I enjoy it but not as much as many of its contemporaries. Lastly, Super Goal! 2 is a soccer game that features an annoying camera angle which makes it far less fun. Why didn't they just stick to the classic setup?
Even though Jaleco has released a lot of noteworthy games throughout their history, this Evercade compilation definitely doesn't highlight their best efforts. There are a few stand-out titles for sure but everything else is quite lackluster.
- + Includes a couple of great overhead action games for Super Nintendo
- + Brawl Brothers is a solid beat 'em up
- + Earth Defense Force is a fun shoot 'em up
- - Most of the NES games are too dated and clunky to enjoy nowadays
- - Rival Turf! is a subpar beat 'em up
- - Super Goal! 2's camera ruins the game