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Highway to the Crap Zone - Top Gun for the NES

On 05/27/2019 at 10:15 PM by Matt Snee

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I'm sure you are all familiar with the Tom Cruise movie, Top Gun. But you might not have heard of the NES version of the game (apparently there is a sequel too... I didn't know that.) When I was a wee boy, my crazy uncle bought this game for me. He might have liked original movie, but he had no idea about games. Top Gun for the NES is terrible. 

Flight simulators weren't completely unusual in the 8bit world. There was Sega's arcade classic Afterburner which appeared on the Sega Master System. But Afterburner is pretty fun. This game is not fun. However, like Afterburner, you can shoot at missiles that are flying at you -- which I'm sure is based on real life, ha ha. 

This game though is in first person though when you play. It's actually a bit more of a simulation than Afterburner, which is evident in the aircraft carrier landing and midair fueling segments of the game, which are brutally unforgiving. I don't know if I ever landed on the aircraft carrier, but I must have because I think I did make it to the second level a couple times. 

Anyway, I would avoid this one. 




05/28/2019 at 12:34 PM

It was insane how difficult it was just to get to the point of crashing when trying to land on the damn aircraft carrier. I think I did it once, and then proceeded to get destroyed in the next level. It still hasn't lost that love and feeling....I'll see myself out. 

Matt Snee Staff Writer

05/28/2019 at 09:36 PM

"It's classified. I could tell you, but I'd have to kill you." Laughing

Super Step Contributing Writer

05/28/2019 at 04:35 PM

All I can think about is AVGN landing it with the Power Glove, though I'm pretty sure that was editing magic. 

Matt Snee Staff Writer

05/28/2019 at 09:36 PM

God, let's hope so! 


05/28/2019 at 11:37 PM

That's my first memory of this game, that AVGN episode. 

I'm pretty sure I tried it back the 90s when I was going through NES games. I probably cursed a lot. 

Cary Woodham

05/28/2019 at 09:18 PM

I rented this back in the day for my dad to play.  He liked to play flight simulators and enjoyed the Top Gun movie, so I figured he'd enjoy it.  Yeah we couldn't land the thing either.  Definitely one of the worst NES games ever made.  It was games like Top Gun (and also Hydlide) that taught me a lesson back then.  That lesson was: when renting games, make sure to rent two.  That way, if one is a stinker, you have another to fall back on.  Because you were stuck with those games the whole weekend!  I rented a lot of games as a kid because it only cost a buck to rent a game for a weekend, which was a lot more feasable than saving 40 bucks.  Kids just didn't have that much money back then!

Matt Snee Staff Writer

05/28/2019 at 09:37 PM

I played this more than I should have. Maybe I was too young to understand the concept of bad games... I certainly spent a lot of time playing them. 


05/28/2019 at 11:40 PM

I actually had some money as a kid because I did lawns in the neighborhood all the time, but I don't remember ever using the money for a video game. I bought a lot of records and photography equipment. . . oh, and scif paperbacks. 


05/29/2019 at 01:18 PM

I know I learned to make do with bad games because money was tight. It made me more discerning in game buying.

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