What Is It?
Part 2D shooter and part platformer, SonSon is one of my favorite Capcom games from the 1980s. At first glance it looks like nothing more than a Mappy clone, but SonSon is so much more. You play an adorable monkey/boy creature who shoots small bullets and can jump up, down and all around the multi-tiered levels. At any given time the player can jump between four and five different layers, a move that comes into play when trying to avoid pesky bad guys and pick up helpful items. Can you make it through the game's dungeons and meet back up with your tribe? Find out when you play the best Virtual Console game to be uploaded in ages.
Does It Still Hold Up?
The graphics are clearly outdated and the enemy patterns are painfully predictable, but that doesn't stop SonSon from being awesome. You jump from layer to layer by simply pushing up and down, leaving the face buttons to trigger your weapons. As you travel through the levels the enemies become more challenging and the game speeds up. It's an original concept that still holds up a quarter century later.
Is It Worth The Money?
With games like Magical Drop, Spin Masters and U-four-ia: The Saga, the Virtual Console line-up has been surprisingly strong lately. But none of these games come close to matching SonSon. This is a simple concept that manages to mix a few original ideas with tried and true 2D shooter gameplay. The mix is nothing short of a must-buy. My only complaint is the price tag, which seems a bit high for a 25 year old arcade game. You can buy a full package of Capcom arcade classics (including the two Virtual Console games released this week) for a mere $10 on the PSP and PlayStation 2, there's no reason these games should run you $8 individually. SonSon is worth the price, but frugal gamers may want to track down a compilation for a more reasonable price tag.
Part 2D shooter and part platformer, SonSon is one of my favorite Capcom games from the 1980s. At first glance it looks like nothing more than a Mappy clone, but SonSon is so much more. It's worth the price, but frugal gamers may want to track down a compilation for a more reasonable price tag.
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