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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

The Goonies II

The Goonies is a popular adventure film from the '80s, following the tale of a group of kids in search of a lost treasure to save their homes.  It of course had a couple of video game adaptations, including one by Konami which oddly never had a cartridge release in North America (though it would be featured as a VS System arcade cabinet and on some Playchoice-10 demo units).  The film itself never had a sequel, but that didn't stop Konami from producing a game under the title "The Goonies II", with a similar premise to the original game - finding all of the lost Goonies.  However, rather than a short, stage-based arcade title, The Goonies II went more nonlinear, having a player explore a large map with a "front" and "back" side, connected by interwoven first-person maze segments.  The navigation is a bit confusing, though the locales are distinct enough to eventually let you piece together how everything connects together.  It's also a relatively easy game overall (dying rarely sets you back very far, you can track the location of each Goonie with a Magic Locator device, and there's a password system to save your progress), so it's one of the more forgiving early NES adventure titles.

Developer: Konami
Publisher: Konami
Platform: NES
Released: 1987, 1988