There are many sorts of video game types. The most common are action games, where you fight your way through the end of a level to a boss, and adventure games, where you have to search every nook and cranny of each area in order to find your way through the quest.
Normally I have always preferred action games because they are so much simpler to figure out. However, there are some classic adventure video games for the NES I came to enjoy, mainly for the story, once I understand how it’s all put together. But no matter how many times I play these games, I still need the maps, like in the old NES Game Atlas, every time in order to get through them. Here are my top five favorite timeless NES quest titles.
#5) Startropics: This tropical adventure is about a young man named Mike, who searches all over Coracola Island for his uncle, Dr. Jones, who was kidnapped by aliens. (No, it’s not Indiana Jones.)
Armed with only his yo-yo and wits, Mike must fight through eight chapters worth of tunnels, caves, and dangerous creatures. His jumping skills are tricky sometimes, but Mike is real smooth when he automatically jumps to each section.
#4) Metroid: Like Super Mario Bros. and Legend of Zelda, this was yet another highly popular franchise from Nintendo. Here is where it all started, with Samus Aran on a mission to defeat the Metroid on Planet Zebeth and destroy the Mother Brain.
Samus is usually only shown in her suit, but with a special password, you can play her as a hot warrior woman. As simple as the mission sounds, you have to search all over for various items in order to succeed and they are not easy to find.
As for Mother Brain, she appears easy to fight. The hard part is staying alive with those flaming donuts coming from every direction. I was also curious about this character after seeing the more elaborate version on Captain N: The Game Master.
#3) Castlevania 2: Simon’s Quest: Unlike some of the other earlier Castlevania games, this is Simon Belmont’s first adventure quest. The task, of course, is to once again slay Count Dracula at his castle in order to restore peace to Transylvania.
In order to get there, you must search for five Dracula body parts (a rib, a heart, an eyeball, a nail, and a ring) scattered throughout the five different mansions as well as a whole bunch of other items and pieces of Dracula’s riddle. They could be anywhere. I admit that Simon is no Van Helsing, but you’ve got to give him credit. He’s a brave man on a mission.
#2) Crystalis: Now this was a more unique epic adventure quest game. As a nameless hero, you explore many caves and towns to search for weapons and items to fight Draygon in a tower in the sky and save the world.
There are also different types of magic the four wise men teach you to help you along if you have enough MP (Magic Points) to use them.
You also get to fight bosses, but you have to know what weapon to use and what skill level you need to reach in order to take him on. Otherwise, the boss is completely unaffected and you’re dead.
#1) Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link: The original Legend of Zelda game was good, but I find its sequel so much better with a more interesting story line. Princess Zelda is under a sleeping spell and only the third triforce can wake her.
But first, Link must return six crystals, each to a different palace inhabited by a boss. That will unlock a seventh palace, which the triforce is in.
Link also has to collect magic spells from different towns to improve his skills.
Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link plays a little differently from the first Legend of Zelda game because you’re not just following a map screen like before.
Although there have been many new Legend of Zelda games later on, I still rank Zelda 2 as my most favorite.