|This game is similar to Goemon 3 on SNES, overworld exploration mixed in with large sidescrolling stages. However it's a lot more straightforward, there's usually only one linear path that can be taken, with a few side paths here and there. This is definitely one of the more Zelda-like Goemon games though.|
The character sprites look good, but the rest of the graphics look kind of ugly. Two of the playable characters in this are new, and I think this game is their only appearance. That green haired guy is Goruku, he punches, smashes rocks, and pushes boxes, his attack range is better than anyone else's making him the best to use against bosses. I'm not sure why he joined Goemon's party, but he's there... That old looking guy with the glasses is Baban. He's a space pirate who crash landed in Japan, and is the main focus of this story. He can hover in midair for a bit, so he's usually the best one to use for platforming.
This game starts off really easy. The fortune dolls are permanently missable, but not hard to find. There's an experience points system, that goes up as you kill enemies.. as far as I can tell, I think gaining levels makes your attacks stronger. Sometimes the bosses take a LOT of hits to kill so I'm wondering if I'm supposed to be grinding to level up first?
The first town has some paths leading to a forest stage and Baban's spaceship (which is also a stage). After that, there's an Impact battle, and you get sent to another town. Each town area is its own isolated map section, and it seems you can't go back to previous sections.
This middle section of the game is starting to pick up in difficulty.