Gaming Target, Written by John Scalzo on January 18, 2008
For some reason StarTropics, a spiritual sequel to the original Legend of Zelda, is completely forgotten by most of the retrogaming populace. Thankfully, Nintendo has remembered their island-hopping adventure and brought Startropics to the Virtual Console.
StarTropics uses the same engine as the original Legend of Zelda to tell the more modern story of Mike Jones, a teenager from Seattle. Mike's uncle, a scientist who lives in the tropics, has disappeared and monsters have begun to appear in the caves below C-Island. Using a yo-yo as his main weapon (dubbed an Island Star by the chief), Mike ventures into the caves in search of his uncle.
StarTropics is one of the few games developed and published that has been almost completely forgotten by the gaming community. And it's truly a shame as the Zelda-like adventuring and the tropical island twist make for a spectacular game. Hopefully, the game can find a new life on the Virtual Console and maybe a future life with a new sequel.
• Visuals: 8.0
• Audio: 8.0
• Gameplay: 9.0
• Features: 8.0
• Replay: 8.0
• Final Score: 8.5 (out of 10)