Review: The Adventures of MicroMan (Windows – 16-bit)

By Drew Wilson

We’ve decided to review another Windows 3.1 based video game. This one is called Micro Man, or, The Adventures of Micro Man – Adventure 1 – Crazy Computers. It’s more than possible you’ve never really heard of this game if you are 18 years old or younger.

Released in 1994, this game was a simple platform game.

It features the protagonist Micro Man who wears what appears to be a motorcycle-like outfit complete with motorcycle helmet. He uses moving platforms and defeats various enemies to get to an end teleporter – during which the screen asks if this is the end.

There really isn’t a whole lot more to say about this game other than you can collect various power-ups. If you pick up a Guided Missiles power-up, you hear a small group of people chearfully say “guided missiles!”. If you pick up some energy, you’ll get a synthesized voice say “energy!”.

The game features a UFO following you around as well as the occasional tank-like boss that you do have to defeat to advance.

The game is pretty much stripped to the bone. Defeat enemies, jump onto various platforms, climb ladders and save at the save points.

The graphics are simple, but some of it is quite smooth like the walk cycle of MicroMan. So, they were OK.

The audio is hit or miss with this game. The intro music was decent enough, but the in-level music seemed to be a mismatch for the theme. You are supposed to be in a micro-chip filled world, yet, you are treated to steal drum music with piano keys mixed in. It may have been more appropriate for a tropical island-like level, rather than a computer-like level. I would have expected more synthetic-like music like anything that sounded like a chip tune or some sort of techno-style song. I found nothing wrong with the sound effects myself.

Overall, this game might be a good game to play to satisfy a curiosity of what the game was like to play for an hour or so, but that’s about it.

Overall

Furthest point in game: Defeated the tank boss the second time.

General gameplay: 17/25
Replay value: 3/10
Graphics: 6/10
Audio: 2/5

Overall rating: 56%

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