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Black Tiger (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . Black Tiger is the type of Capcom arcade game I should love. But there's something about the game's unwieldy difficulty that keeps me from falling in love. Over the years I've gotten better, to the point where I have little to no problem finishing this surprisingly short outing. Even with all that work, this is a hard call for me. Rating: 71%
Black Tiger (Virtual Console)
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What Is It? You can look at Black Tiger one of two ways: Either it's the spiritual successor to Ghosts 'N Goblins or it's the trial run for Magic Sword. Unfortunately, this 2D action game doesn't stack up to those two Capcom greats. Instead you get an insanely difficult sidescroller with cheap deaths, leaps of fate and every other frustrating trapping of late 80s arcade games. You play a barbarian hero who jumps around and uses a long mace (which also shoots arrows). The gameplay is simple enough, but the gimmick here is that players have to do more than just run from left to right. The game's huge level designs feature both vertical and horizontal scrolling, allowing the developers to hide all kinds of goodies. All the elements are here for a great game, but the frustrating difficulty may turn many gamers off of what could have been another great arcade game from Capcom.

Does It Still Hold Up? There's nothing technically broken about the gameplay, the character controls fine and all of the buttons are responsive. The problem lies in the level designs. While I applaud Capcom for their open-world structure (definitely forward thinking in the late 1980s), I can't overlook all of the frustrating obstacles put in the worst places just to suck money out of your pocket. Dedicated gamers will eventually make their way through Black Tiger, but I'm not sure it's worth the pain and suffering.

Is It Worth The Money? Black Tiger is the type of Capcom arcade game I should love. But there's something about the game's unwieldy difficulty that keeps me from falling in love. Over the years I've gotten better, to the point where I have little to no problem finishing this surprisingly short outing. Even with all that work, this is a hard call for me. Black Tiger is not even close to the quality of other Capcom action games, but then again, very few Virtual Console games are.
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