Published on September 12th, 2015 | by Fifties
Vintage Video Games #16 – Battle Toads (Mega Drive)
Battletoads is a video game British video game developer, Rare that began with the original beat ’em up game in 1991 for the NES (renowned for its difficulty). Starring three toads named after skin conditions (Rash, Zitz, and Pimple) the series was created to rival the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games. In 1993 it hit the Megadrive which is the version I will be looking at today. Although much easier than the original, much kudos to anyone that managed to complete this bad boy! 2-player is also an option but you’ll need a buddy that will do the job just as good as you can. The gameplay is challenging but it will keep you coming for more.
Storyline: Professor T. Bird and the three Battletoads are escorting Princess Angelica to her home planet using their spacecraft, the Vulture. Pimple and Angelica decide to take a leisurely trip on Pimple’s flying car. They are ambushed and captured by the Dark Queen’s ship, the Gargantua. Pimple sends out a distress signal to the Vulture, alerting Professor T. Bird, Rash, and Zitz. Learning that the Gargantua is hidden beneath the surface of a nearby planet called Ragnarok’s World, Professor T. Bird flies Rash and Zitz there in the Vulture to rescue them. During the game’s 13 levels, the Toads are faced with several of the Dark Queen’s bosses, ultimately facing the Dark Queen herself at the top of the Dark Tower.
Highlights: Level 2, The Wookie Hole – gaining extra lives by killing the crows in here is probably the only way of completing the game! Also level 3 – the infamous Turbo Tunnel will get your adrenaline pumping. There’s hard, and then there’s hard.