When I popped Startropics into my Nes, I had no idea that I’d spend the rest of my life with the music stuck in my head. I’m 33 years old now and I can still remember some of the tunes, particularly the cave music.
But the video game was great. A fun story truly unlike anything else on the market at the time, or even now. You played a boy whose uncle disappeared during a meteor shower in a chain of islands. You get into your submarine and go to find him. Along the way you’ll meet fat chieftains, island women with names like Bananette, and you’ll fight creates in underground caverns with an odd assortment of weaponry, including yo yos and baseballs.
It was also completely linear, unlike games like Metroid or the incredibly difficult Goonies Nintendo game.
Startropics for the 8 bit Nintendo was a top-down view similar to The original Legend of Zelda game. The caverns are a lot like Zelda’s dungeons. But with all of the goofy differences it is definitely its own game. I had a lot of fun playing it, and was just as happy with the sequel, Startropics 2.
And now I have to go, because The Legend of Zelda theme song is threatening to get stuck in my head.
This game is also available now as one of the Wii downloads, or so the legend goes.