Category Archives: Nintendo 64

This category is for Nintendo 64 games. This includes titles released directly for the console, as well as those ported to the Nintendo 64 from other platforms. The reviews are listed in chronological order, and if you’re looking for a particular title please use the search bar at the top of the screen.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about our reviews, be sure to message us on our contact page or email the author and we’ll be more than happy to discuss our viewpoints.

It should also be pointed out that this area doubles as an archive, so reviews may go back quite a bit.

Haven Review: Pokemon Snap

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Oh snap! It’s Pokemon Snap!

Professor Oak did SCIENCE! Through being a scientist in Pokemon Snap, he made a floating self-propelled observation platform and a portal. After creating these marvelous artifacts, he hired a photographer named Tracy to utilize them, in order to take stunning wildlife pictures. Capturing nature’s unrivaled beauty through a camera lens, from dark caves to rapid rivers and space, is the name of the game.

The face of SCIENCE! Research and poetry

Pokemon is weird and there are very few inherently bad or broken games. Pokemon Snap is one of those spin-off games that was launched on Nintendo 64 and was later put on sale through the Wii Store. The game is a unique take on the idea of a “rail shooter”. Instead of pointing a gun, the player points a camera and the goal is to take pictures of every Pokemon and maximize the score. There are several tools to achieve this, such as an infinite apples, pester balls and a “pokeflute”. Apples distract monsters, while the pester ball aggravates them, causing various effects to occur. The flute wakes up those that are sleeping. The scoring system is based on various factors, such as whether the creature is in the center of the picture, or whether there are multiple Pokemon captured in the photo. There’s even a bonus if the creature is striking a pose or doing something fancy.

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Our protagonist for this game, he has not aged well.

After the track is complete, Professor Oak will rate the pictures and a score will be set, perhaps resulting in new “unlocks”. Pokemon Snap starts out with one track, but more become available by interacting with the environment at specific points. I’m not entirely sure if there is music in the game; I can’t remember any other track than that damn ear worm of a menu theme. That and Professor Oak’s creepy upbeat, very exited voice. A great deal of the first generation Pokemon does show up, but not all 150 creatures. However they did include Mew as the last “boss”.

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The most advanced picture platform in the world!

There is not that much to say about the game play, other than that it provides a fresh and innovative take on the world fans know and love. Pokemon Snap is very a very calm game with a very relaxed atmosphere, despite being surrounded by vicious beasts that can tear a man limb from limb, or turn him into a frozen meat Popsicle. It’s a highly recommended title for any fan who wants to see a different take on the world of Pokemon without having to grind for hours and fight every deluded trainer on the way. It can be bought on the virtual Nintendo store, but keep in mind, this game has not aged well.

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Point and click!

Njål H Sand

Haven Review: Turok: Dinosaur Hunter

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First up is our disclaimer. We received this game for review purposes only, and as such all opinions in this review are our own. No money has been exchanged for this review.

Turok: Dinosaur Hunter (Turok)

A native American man got sucked into another dimension in order to protect the lost land from evil. Here time, space and other realms merge, making for the perfect excuse to have the player hunt dinosaurs with a a lot of fancy weaponry. This includes such boring, but practical items as a knife, a bow and the flashy fusion canon.

The music is memorable, even if the ambient sounds are rather terrible. The composer went for a lot of fast-paced drum beats and tribal style music.

Most people will remember Turok from the Nintendo 64 (N64) system, where it was a very well- received shooter with huge levels and quite good graphics. Since the N64 is ancient and looks like crap these days, Night Dive somehow got the rights for the original game and yes, Seeds of Evil is on the way as well. Anyhow, this is not a port as one might think. They went the extra length and upgraded and upscaled the graphics, with modern resolutions and some tweaks here and there to the levels. This means that the water jumping might not be plausible anymore. All the cheats have been included as well, aside from pen and ink mode, which is a shame. A cross-hair and the ability to adjust the field of view is a very nice addition. It must be mentioned that enemies have become quite aggressive and even more so on hard mode, and they can spot you from longer distances. Sometimes a human hits a dinosaur and the latter will retaliate. Regardless, hard mode does not mean more health, just more bullets and speed.

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This is from N64. It has not aged well.

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Meanwhile, this is the new version.

The most noticeable difference is that everything is crisp and that imposing fog has been pushed far into the background. After all, a decent PC has more processing power. Although this being Turok, there’s at least one very stupid thing; the plot. It’s virtually non existent and the last boss has one of the most lame names imaginable.

 

Yes weapon-mounted triceratops is a thing and it’s as awesome as it sounds. Too bad they are pointed in your direction.

The goal of each level is to find the keys, which Turok can drink from. Don’t ask, just don’t. Aside from that there is also a piece of the Chrono Scepter on each level. Its a super weapon that will rip the last boss a new one. Not that it’s needed. Now that it’s on Steam there are some achievements as well. The controls are very well thought out and incredibly intuitive. The game uses a modern control scheme, so it works with a game pad, keyboard and mouse. Gameplay is quite simple indeed. You can run, jump, swim and shoot things while moving extremely fast. Due to the arcade nature of the game, the player has extra lives as well, which can be replenished by picking up some floating triangles. When he collects 100, your character shouts: “I’m TUROK!” to no one in particular.

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Explosions abound, and there’s an overlay map as well!

At least I enjoyed Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, and that’s not just nostalgia talking. Due to violence and the simple retro graphics this game is not for everyone. Not that the little blood there is and the silly death animations stopped me as a kid. It’s just something to keep in mind. Incidentally, the game is now on Steam and if interested, you can follow the link below:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/405820/

I also did a play-through of the game, which can be watched here:

 

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