Knights VG: ‘Godzilla: Monster of Monsters!’ Review

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Nolan Patton, Video Editor

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Since Nostalgia November is coming to an end right now, I figured I’d review an older game this time. Godzilla: Monster of Monsters! is a game from 1988, released for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). It was made by Compile and published by Toho, the creators of Godzilla themselves.

The gameplay is a little odd, but pretty to easy to understand once you get used to it. The players control two monsters, Godzilla and Mothra, and move them around a map that resembles a board game. The computer controls various amounts of enemy monsters, depending on which world the player is on. The player and computer take turns moving around their monsters. Every time the player lands Godzilla or Mothra on a space on the board, that monster must play through a corresponding side-scroll level. If a player monster and an enemy monster land next to each other, they can have a battle after completing the usual level. A world is completed when all of the enemy monsters are defeated and the player moves both monsters through the final board space. There are 8 worlds in total, ranging from Earth itself all the way to Neptune, Pluto, and even the fictional Planet X. While healing items are common, if either Godzilla or Mothra die, they remain permanently dead. The game can be completed with only one remaining monster, but it is significantly harder.

Godzilla: Monster of Monsters! is, in my opinion, a perfectly average game. The levels themselves are rather repetitive, consisting entirely of moving from left to right and smashing everything that gets in your monsters’ way. Obstacles do vary from world to world, but where the game really shines is its boss battles. Godzilla and Mothra face off against eight monsters in total, usually multiple times throughout the game, as both the player and enemies grow more powerful throughout the game. There are monsters that Godzilla never faced in the movies, like Gezora, and many classic movie series monsters, like Gigan, Hedorah, and Godzilla’s powerful rival King Ghidorah. They all have very unique attacks and weaknesses, and by far the most fun part of the game is facing off against these bosses. Aside from the gameplay, I find most of the sprite art to be pretty creative, and the game is pleasing to look at. The music is also pretty nice, and I listen to some of the tracks even when I’m not playing the game.

Overall, it’s not exactly a fantastic game. I give Godzilla: Monster of Monsters! a 6 out of 10. It’s fun, but mediocre. I completed it once but I can’t see myself doing it again. I do recommend playing through this if you’re a fan of the Godzilla series like I am, but if not, there are better NES games out there.

Knights VG is a series of concise video game reviews, highlighting lesser-known games, no matter their age.

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