Sonic Blast Man II is a Beat-‘Em-Up game, developed by ITL and published by Taito Corporation, which was released in 1994. Sonic Blast Man II was released for the SNES and is a much bigger game than Sonic Blast Man, expanding the roster and adding multiplayer to what was once only a 1 player franchise which now became 2-3 player title. The roster is composed of Sonic Blast Man, Sonia, and Captain Choyear.
Gameplay: If you are a fan of beat-em-ups you will feel right at home with this game. You have an attack button, jump button, and a special move button which you gain by picking up off of fallen enemies. Enemies in this game range from small but fast to heavy hitters. Once you get farther in the game they become stronger and faster which can sometimes be a pain. Characters in this game differ from each other. Sonic Blast Man is an all around good character, Sonia is fast but is not as strong, and Captain Choyear who is the slowest yet most and heavy hitting of the bunch.
As you go through the game you will have to fight a boss at the end of each stage but just like any other beat-em-up game they can be cheap to the point of tossing a controller for old time sake. The last level of the game seems to just drag on and you can get stuck in a few parts. At this point the controls, particularly walking, can sometimes be a pain when you are trying to avoid an enemy attack or projectile. This is not a game breaking problem but can be very annoying.
Sound: They did a great job in this game with the soundtrack and sound of the game. Each stage has unique sound to its stage and can sometimes be unforgettable. My favorite would have to be Stage 2. Everything they did with song gave me great much respect for K. Watanabe and Naoto Yagishita for making this soundtrack.
Final Verdict: While this game has its awesome moments, it sure does have some annoyances at times. If you are new to this game, you will find it fun to play with a buddy while hardcore fans might find it to be repetitive and a game that drags on. In the prime of the SNES days and with all the beat-em-up’s that came out for it I would recommend it but there are definitely much better beat-em-up’s on the system. Overall I give Sonic Blast Man II an 8 out of 10, making it a Silver Game in our Retro Review Section.
Overall Score: 8/10
RGN Rating: Silver Game
Developer / Publisher: ITL / Taito Corporation
Original Release Date: November 1994
Available On: Super Nintendo
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