It’s time for the Ultra Hard, Fast Paced Action Packed Game called
Elevator Action developed by Taito, was first seen in the Arcades in 1983 which was the “Golden Age of Arcades”. A time where Arcade games and Video Games alike grew in popularity. It was later released on the NES in 1985.
Now in Elevator Action you assume the role of a Spy who infiltrates a building filled with an insane amount of Elevators. It’s your job to locate secret documents while taking on enemy agents who are out for blood! You are able to evade their attacks, by jumping or just plain walking away like a scared 3 year old OR you can take them down by force, H-E-L-L Y-E-A-H!
You beat each stage by moving down 30 floors and escaping in your ride which is waiting for you in the basement floor but you can only escape if you picked up all secret documents. The stages get harder the further you progress which is of course pretty self-explanatory for an arcade game.
But enough talk about all this, let’s rate some stuff!
GAMEPLAY- Elevator Action uses a simple control scheme, B shoots and A jumps. If you press DOWN you crouch, this might take some getting used to for some people seeing as you are then locked in the crouch mode and only by pressing UP will you stand again. This didn’t prove to be a problem at all for me but like I said earlier it might for some. You are able to take down enemies by jumping at them, shooting them, squash them with an elevator or shooting out lights above them and making them drop on their heads. Gruesome? Perhaps. Fun? You betcha!
GRAPHICS- This is a category I don’t like at all. In the age we are in right now with Xbox 360s, PS3s and Wiis this might be something important but back in the 8-bit time graphics too me just don’t seem all that important. Some are nicer than others that is correct but this doesn’t inhibit the gameplay or the enjoyment at all in games from back in the 80’s if you ask me. So for this category I shall say….The Graphics are simple and remind me of an arcade game.
SOUND- Elevator Action shows us nothing new in the department of Music of Sound FX. The music is bland, the sound effects are just your typical gunshots and what not. So nothing noteworthy.
REPLAYABILITY- Well like all Arcade games you have to have a passion to keep on playing these. Some might find themselves playing it over and over again while others might only play it once or twice and then wait a whole month or so to play it again. Personally I see myself playing this game rather often just for the simple fun of playing an old Arcade classic in my house.
My final though on Elevator Action is this: For an old Arcade game this NES port is fantastic, through it’s simple design you can still pull out many a hours of fun. If you are a person who likes to achieve High Scores then this is a game for you. It starts off easy but then gradually increases in difficulty which allows you to easily pick it up if you are a new comer to the game who’s looking for some Arcade fun.
I rate this game as a BUY
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