|This game has the same world map format as the 2nd SNES game, but it's WAY harder, and a lot weirder too. It's also the first game where the main characters all get voice acting. It also carries over some things from the 3rd game, such as fortune dolls being health upgrades, and chain pipe grappling and other unique character abilities.|
Story: Impact has his own planet now, and it's being invaded by a group of villains lead by Seppukumaru. Everyone agrees to help him, and the characters split off and go to each of the 4 moons of Planet Impact.
Most towns have fetch quests you need to do in order to get the character's special ability. There's this one weird part where Ebisumaru meets his rival, Obisumaru, and they have a competition where they have to collect the cute women around town while avoiding the old women. Yae's town sections are really annoying to do when you don't know Japanese.. There's a part where you have to become someone's "slave" and do his grocery shopping for him, literally impossible to do without knowing what he's saying or using a guide.
The action stages are all very challenging, mainly because of how unique and varied they are. This game just constantly throws insanely weird gimmicks at you all the time, you never know what to expect. These stages also have hidden fortune dolls, and some stages you can't get all the fortune dolls in until after you've beaten all 4 moons then you can freely switch between characters and use all the abilities.
Instead of Impact battles, this game just has really dumb minigames that you play against the bosses. These all available from the title screen as well. The last boss is Seppukumaru. He throws a giant space station at you, and you have to catch it and throw it back with really precise timing.. Seppukumaru then tries to destroy planet Impact, by committing seppuku and activating the bomb in his stomach, then Impact grabs him and flies him into the sun.
This games weak point is definitely the boss battles, but the platforming in this game is really intense and very interesting and definitely makes up for the lack of good bosses.
This one screenshot is pretty much all you need to get an idea of how weird this game is.