BattleToads in BattleManiacs

Battletoads in Battlemaniacs SNES
Battletoads in Battlemaniacs SNES

Battletoads in Battlemaniacs SNES Cover

BattleToads in BattleManiacs Credits

  • Published by: Tradewest
  • Developed by: Rare Limited
  • Programmer: Brendan Gunn
  • Released: 1993
  • Genre: Action, Arcade, Beat ’em up, brawler, Platformer

BattleToads in BattleManiacs  The Game

The game is divided into several levels each offering a different challenge and a particular style of play. It all ranges from spicy beat’em all to platforming to 100 per hour racing. This avoids fatigue and allows you to stay in the game throughout the game. From the start of the game, we have the choice between the two frogs, Pimple the brute, strong who strikes and Rash the embodied flexibility and the follower of martial arts with a very marked surfer style.

The game begins with a small beat’em all level offering special moves and normal moves to destroy opponents. The special moves are unlimited but not easy to do at the start of your games, you have to put yourself at a particular distance to be able to engage them but this is done automatically by pressing the strike button. We then have several special moves: by running on the enemy, by jumping on them and finishing them on the ground. These shots are not pretty visuals or other unnecessary flashes but gigantic limbs hanging from the toads. We can for example put a blow of tidying up with Pimple (my favorite) or a blow of ax with Rash which will be useful for you to face the psychopathic pigs and the skeletons. At the end of the level you will have the right to the end of level boss, there a giant stone pig. By killing him you reach the next level a level where agility and keen eye are rigors.

The next level puts you in control of a mini platform that goes down and you have to hit the enemies and avoid the traps set.

Battletoads in Battlemaniacs SNES Level 2

Battletoads in Battlemaniacs Level 2

Then comes the level of Chess/checkers. You are on a game of drafts positioned on a chip and you slide. The goal is to knock down pins to gain points while avoiding enemies and obstacles, in order to gain lives for the next levels.

Battletoads in Battlemaniacs SNES Level 3

Battletoads in Battlemaniacs Chess

Then comes the famous level of scooters, we put you in control of a scooter that speeds and you must avoid obstacles. Perfect knowledge of the level is essential as the number of obstacles and the speed make the exercise difficult.  Once this is done at the level of the snakes, you jump from snake to snake while avoiding the spikes that litter the path.

The oh so difficult level of the grinder in which you race on a jet hanging on a pipe followed by a rat on a grinder jet. The goal is to follow the path with the multidirectional cross. Thumb amputations are common after a few long minutes spent on this level.  Then comes a new bonus level filled him with dominoes and not pins.

Then comes the last level in which you will have to race with a rat to reach a detonator first. If you manage to finish this level (very hard) you will come up against the Dark Queen, the last boss of the game (there is a surprise level at the end of the game but I’ll let you discover it).

Battletoads in Battlemaniacs SNES Final

All these levels are certainly different but we find one thing in common to most: the difficulty! Indeed the game is extremely difficult to finish and some people can brag about having finished it elsewhere than on emulator (I succeeded but I almost threw the console several times). Each level is a challenge and knowledge is the key. You have to know the place of the smallest piece of wood to be able to combine speed and precision. Impossible for a novice it will be a real challenge for hardcore gamers.

Is Battletoads in Battlemaniacs Naff?

In terms of sound, the game is infatuated with nice music that goes well with the levels and that gives flavor to the action. Without reaching musical heights we still manage to listen to them with pleasure (so enjoy the music of the last level). The sound effects are very limited, we can hear a few paf pif pouf here and there but nothing more and of poor quality.

In addition to being fun and engaging, the game offers a 2 player mode (A or B mode to allow “friendly fire”). The challenge is then much higher because the two of us often have to organize ourselves. Already alone we have trouble so I’ll let you imagine together!

In terms of graphics the game is not doing too badly. The sets are somewhat stripped down but given the speed of the frame that there is too much detail would have made the game too crazy. We still have some nice visual effects on the checkers game, and well-drawn characters with well-done shots. On the other hand the animation remains very basic but we do not really pay attention to all this, that is not the objective of the game.

The atmosphere of BattleToads in BattleManiacs is still very special. A mixture of action, rock, humor (what puppets these toads then) and stress. Yes the game is stressful, in addition to requiring a great concentration which is often seen rewarded by a game over, one undergoes fast, difficult levels, which put us fingers to the test, in short a nightmare for the tense ones.

The game has a well made intro that plunges directly into the game all to accompany a nice story. The graphics are fairly stripped down in terms of the scenery but the characters are well done.  The animations are rather disappointing, the characters move sharply but we don’t pay much attention.

The game has one big flaw, it is extraordinarily difficult which will quickly make players flee. If the game will quickly tire some players, the more experienced will want to finish it all taken and there I wish you good luck. The pantheon of players who have finished BattleToads in BattleManiacs is very, very limited (on console I’m talking about emulator not to finish it would be heresy). So the lifespan remains low because most of them will stop playing quickly, as for those who play on an emulator, they will finish the game quickly and will not play it again (but be careful, even with the backups, the game is hard)

This game has everything to please, if its high difficulty scares some then I’m sure they’ll have enjoyed the first few levels at least.

Naffometer

7 / 10

Cheat Codes for Battletoads in Battlemaniacs

5 Lives instead of 3

  • At Title Screen
  • Press Down A B Start
  • Confirming Red Flash

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