Thursday, October 6, 2011

Balloon Fight

Balloon Fight is a classic Nintendo arcade-style platformer game originally for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It was later ported to Virtual Console, which is how I got my hands on it.

Balloon Fight is one of those games that there just isn't much to, but for that reason is extremely addicting. There is a single-player classic mode where you control the Balloon Fighter and try to defeat all of the birds on each level by hovering around and popping their balloons before they pop yours.

Balloon Fight Screenshot 2

This game mode is pretty fun. It cycles through 12 levels (9 once you get to the end) with increasing difficulty. There is also a similar multiplayer version of this game mode, but I have not been able to figure out how that works. The final game mode is another single-player mode called "Balloon Trip".

This is a side-scrolling mini-game where you pretty much hover along collecting balloons and trying not to die. I found it mildly amusing, but it can get old after a while.

In conclusion, Balloon Fight is a small, fun and addicting game that has occupied too many of my hours. If you love small but addicting arcade-style games, and if you own a system that can play the game, I'd recommend it.

Reuben Horst

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