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Publisher: SunsoftReleased: November 1988
Developer: SunsoftWritten: 11.29.08

Ah, it was twenty years ago this month that Blaster Master hit the NES scene. My gaming circle never held it in the same light as the MegaMans [MegaMen?  -Ed.] or Double Dragons of the world,
but it was right there. There was something about it... something different, and in a good way. It definitely earned a cult-like status within our gaming group back in good ol' 1988. Besides, we kids couldn't get enough of the title itself: Blaster Master. It was cool, yet cheesy. Charming, yet campy. Sophisticated, yet sophomoric. [And I've fired you many times, yet you're still here. What did I do in my past life?  -Ed.]. The point is, we really liked this blasted game, pardon the pun [*sighs* -Ed.]. This past week, I randomly plucked out a game from my NES storage bin. Out came Blaster Master, and a wave of memories two decades old knocked me over. I hadn't played it in prob'ly 20 years. So, what better time than now to see how it's held up over the years, I thought to myself. Thus, here we are. And heck, you gotta love the timeless plot. We've all heard of it before...
Nothing like a little Blaster MASTURBA -- [SNIP!  -Ed.]

Boy loves Frog

Frog escapes

Frog licks radioactive tin

Boy follows Frog underground

Boy finds tank

Boy saves world

                                                 And who said Jason and Freddy couldn't be pals?


"Would ya like FLIES with that?  HAHAHA"  [*slaps forehead* -Ed.]

                                                              No lid huh?  Way to go, Einstein...

Where the HELL is this kid living anyhow... AREA 51?!

"Yum yum YUM... Freddy like!"  And as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles taught us...

Ahh you gotta love the nonsensical plot

                                                             [Are you still on the payroll?  -Ed.]

Don't cha just love it when this happens?

                                                                    What a top chap that Jason


And so the adventure begins

The tank was quite a blast to maneuver around. You had to watch out for the momentum that might take you off a cliff, and that was a fun thing to wrestle with, actually

                                                                            BOMBS AWAY!

Of course, part of the fun
was leaping out of the tank
and patrolling around as
Jason himself. He has his
own health bar and there
are certain locations only
Jason can go to

"I'll be right back!"

                     The tank is useless underwater,
                     so Jason hops off and takes a
                     quick swim. Well, at least you
                     needn't look for water bubbles
                     here, coz Sonic he ain't

                                                                                         "God I love this suit"

Zap the killer jellyfish or swim around them. At the end of this bit here, you'll find a ladder that takes you to our first overhead section, where you play exclusively as Jason

"Oh the things I do for that darn frog..."


                                                                     FRY 'EM, BOMBERMAN!

Keep moving, and shoot when you can

After defeating the boss, you receive a power-up item for your tank. Head back and NOW you can destroy the wall guardian with your new gun

                                                            DO NOT OPEN UNTIL DOOMSDAY!

Almost expect to see her dashing 'round the corner

                                                  Most people tend to prefer the SOPHIA bits, as do I

Just as there was with level
one, in level two there are
sections where you must
hop off and explore as Jason

Keep an eye out for jolly ol Santa

                                                  These caped baddies disappear and reappear at will

Yeah, like I'm really gonna grab that power-up there..

                                                 The quest continues... will Jason ever save Freddy?


I enjoyed rediscovering Blaster Master. It is a rather tough game though, and a long one at that, with no password or save option. Ouch. But there's something really cool and gratifying about controlling Sophia the rumbling tank. The lone Jason overhead sections, however, leave something to be desired
in my opinion. The control
for those parts feel clunky and "off" a bit. It's too bad they didn't polish those areas up a bit more, but then, that could just be me... as LEGIONS of diehard fans love Blaster Master through and through. Me... I really had a blast with the Sophia bits, but didn't really care for the clunky Jason parts. It's still a cool game, but not as awesome as I remember it being. I can't say that I'm compelled to pick it up a lot in the future, but for the hour or two I spent with
it, it was a nice trip down memory lane. I just wish the balance was more even in terms of the Sophia-Jason sections. It also couldn't have hurt if there were some nasty bosses for you to tackle in Sophia form, either. Oh well, the game remains a pretty neat title despite its warts
[I resent that -Fred the Frog]  [I've been saying the same thing for years, Fred -Ed.]

(Thanks to VGMUSEUM.com for the original images)