Hi, hi! Welcome to day 3 of the video game challenge! Today’s challenge is to write about ‘an underrated video game’
. There are a lot of games I felt could be great for this topic but some of them had longer stories to them that I felt I would need more time to write about so I finally settled on another SNES game, ActRaiser.
ActRaiser is a side scrolling platformer and also a simulator, some say a city simulator but I think village simulator is more accurate. It was developed by Quintet and Published by Enix.
The story is about the ‘Master’, who is essentially a god who had lost all of his powers because while he was recovering from a fight he lost, people stopped believing in him. The ‘Master’ gives the player a statue to control and to defeat several enemies with and then the player helps builds villages as an angel which help to regain the ‘Master’s’ powers and more people start to believe again by communicating with him through prayer. On top of directing the villages on how to be built, the player as the angel will also have to defeat enemies and direct the citizens to seal the monsters layers so that the villagers are safe again. These enemies can do many things to destroy the houses and crops you’ve already built such as cause earthquakes, steal the villagers and burn homes and crops amongst other ‘acts of god’.
After all of the areas have been cleared, the player then travels to Death Helm in which you will need to defeat all of the previous bosses as well as the final boss, Tanzra, which previously defeated the ‘Master’.
Once this has been accomplished, the angel will visit the villages again and see that no one is worshiping in the churches anymore and they realize that they are no longer needed at the time because the people feel safe and they return to the sky palace and await a time that they will be welcome and needed again.
I grew up playing this game and I have played it several times, however, I do not know of many others that have played it and I haven’t heard a whole lot about it. A sequel was published later and I’ve played a bit of that too. It’s a fairly short game so if you are into older games and haven’t played it yet, I highly recommend it. It is available on the Wii virtual console as well as the SNES cartridge.
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