|This week only - catch Siegfried and Roy! Only at the Mirage!|
Often when I talk to friends about classic RPGs the same few titles pop up over and over again. Final Fantasy 3, Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy 7, Earthbound...all great games: none of them for the NES. If there's anything that collecting NES games over the past few years has taught me, it's that the Nintendo had boatloads of solid and undiscovered RPGs. From the quirky (Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom,) to the adventurous (Faxanadu,) heck, even the point-and-click adventure games (Shadowgate, Uninvited, etc) offer a lot of challenge and excitement for adventure gamers and RPG gamers alike. There are tons of RPGs that few talk about outside of the Final Fantasy and Dragon Warrior franchises. While there are certainly games that don't quite cut the muster compared to these classics, Kemco's "Legend of the Ghost Lion" deserves some honorable mention in the halls of RPG-dom, if for nothing other than its ridiculously 80's cover art and wacky story.
*Quick note before we get started: The title of this game can lead to some confusion if we're not careful. The cart says "Ghost Lion," a search for it will often bring up "Ghost of the Lion," and the title screen calls it "Legend of the Ghost Lion." Pick your poison. There's a Lion, he's presumably a ghost, and the story is legendary. So legendary that almost nobody has heard of this game!*
The game opens with a well-drawn, albeit strange cut scene. The plot is laid out thusly: there is a legend that your village was attacked by a mysterious white lion. Most of the village cowered in the corner, peeing their pants and getting mauled and whatnot - but a young adventurer named Moja came to the rescue and drove the white lion out into the cave of evil. So naturally, your parents feel the need to search for this ghost lion for some inexplicable reason and leave you; a young girl named Maria, behind to fend for yourself. So of course, instead of following her parents' advice, she runs off to go track them down as well. The fact that your parents are dressed more like they're going to hop the next boat to Jamaica to go do Jager-bombs on a cruise ship instead of trek through the perilous jungle (for no logical reason) means that we're in for an interesting - albeit relatively nonsensical journey.
|"WOOOOO! CABO! - Do another Jello-shot Linda!"|
|I'm thinking they meant "YOUR" courage...but maybe I'm just splitting hairs...|
|That mean ol' Zombie took my teddybear!|
|Imagine this badboy airbrushed on an RV!|
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