|Found out this game was originally an arcade game called "The New Zealand Story", and is loosely related to the Bubble Bobble series... There was a DS remake in 2008, where you could actually take more than one hit, and some dumb parts were added to make use of the touch screen...|
I just care about beating the NES version... on one attempt I made it to 2-4 before getting game over. Then I used the warps to get to 2-4 and made it to 3-4... the boss of 3-4 was insanely hard and lost the rest of my continues on it.
well... I beat it with the help of a guide, but I got impatient and used save states in 4-4, 5-1, and 5-2.
4-4 near the end had this really tight spikey section where you have like barely any room to make your jumps without getting hit by spikes... and falling platforms that made you hit spikes if you stand on them to long... I kept dying due to stuff I didn't know about the hit detection and such... now that I know, I'm pretty sure I could get through that part without losing too many lives. there was no boss in this level at least.
5-1 had this one very frustrating part where you had to walk through a bunch of bullet turrets that were timed in a weird way and kept changing their timing... once I figured out that the timing on the turrets was different, I was able to make it through every time after that.. there were a few more parts that I died on due to incompetence, and by now I was so impatient I just couldn't stand it and kept reloading from that checkpoint before the turrets.
5-2 I think I died and loaded from a checkpoint a few times, but not as badly as the last two levels.
5-3 was an easy flying maze level, just followed the guide and beat it without dying.
5-4 was a pretty tough icey platforming level, and it was actually linear for once. I didn't use save states here, and only died a couple times, then got to the boss who was super easy and beat it in one try.
I'm pretty sure if I try again and keep my patience, I can beat this legit. it's just not really worth trying.