The Lone Ranger

  • Nintendo

  • FormatVideo Game
  • TypeAction Adventure
  • SystemConsole

The Lone Ranger is, in my opinion, the best NES game. I’m tempted to end the review there, but I suppose I’d better qualify such a statement. If you haven’t come across this gem before, it’s probably because for some reason it was only released in North America.  

For me, the game embodies everything we love about retro games
Andy Pryer
The story: No lesser individual than The President of the USA has been kidnapped (among other, more minor misdeeds) by Butch Cavendish and his extensive gang network of desperadoes, cowpokes, bandits and ninjas (yes, ninjas).

Time for the Lone Ranger to show his pale blue shirt and red neckerchief in this RPG inspired shooter. His faithful native companion Tonto makes a brief appearance at the start of each map to give a little guidance on the course of action. The western inspired locations include towns, bridges, caverns, mountains and other areas all with a frontier flavour.


For me, the game embodies everything we love about retro games.  The graphics use classic NES pallet of colours; the sweeping desserts and big blue sky are beautiful in their 8-bit way. The Lone Ranger theme tune (A.K.A. The William Tell Overture) is faithfully recreated for the title screen. The rest of the music is smile iducingly jaunty and nicely conjures up the spirit of the old western adventure. The Gun Shop music is my particular favorite and is actually set as my default ringtone. Here you can buy weapon upgrades, dynamite, more or better ammo for the main weapon, or a new six shooter. His trademark silver bullets cost double, but do twice the damage - a sound investment and an added piece of swagger for this dandy crime-fighter, not to mention a nice bonus for the undertaker. Weapons aren’t always necessary though, how long would you last in a saloon dressed like him if you weren't tasty with the fisticuffs? The Lone Ranger packs a punch comparable to a lead bullet.

 
The variety on offer here within the game is quite remarkable. Firstly, there’s the world map to navigate which is reminiscent of SMB3, but beware of the bandit ambushes along the road. It’s often possible to avoid these, but they can be quite a money spinner. The outlaws always attack in the same pattern throughout the game,which sounds tedious, but means that what starts out as a challenging confrontation develops into you dominating the engagement like Neo from The Matrix, making for very satisfying battles and tuning hunted into hunter with a reliable source of revenue. 

In towns, also played from the top down perspective, you can trade weapons, ammo and equipment, receive medical attention, get missions from the sheriff, take a challenge on the shooting gallery and get vital info on gang activity from the locals, all of whom have a slightly odd way of constructing sentences, which I find amusing because I enjoy taking these thing literally. 

You can also get bushwhacked by Cavendish’s thugs if you aren’t careful. GTA this ‘aint and there are consequences to actions and stray shots. Harm a civilian and you immediately become so guilt-ridden that your health suffers, with only some counseling from the town doctor able to restore your wellbeing.
 
 Once the location of a gang hideout has been discovered it’s time to gear up and really get involved. The gameplay now switches to side scrolling platform shooter as you approach the inner sanctum. In these sections you can use your revolver, TNT and even fists if things get desperate. For the final assault through the caverns you’re treated to a first person maze shooter and yes, you can use the Zapper! Amazing. 

Work through the goons, take out the local boss, then it’s on to the next map. There are 8 in total culminating in the final showdown on the top of a speeding train with bad dude extraordinaire Butch Cavendish himself. This confrontation is difficult. Very difficult. Actually, it’s more than difficult, it’s hard, but if you’re looking for a game that offers something for everyone while giving you a pure 8-bit experience, I recommend it whole heartedly. Give it a fair chance and I hope it’s quirky charms will endear you too. The British used to make odd games like this on purpose, here, the US have done it accidentally.
 

Review by - Andy Pryer

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  • Nintendo

  • FormatVideo Game
  • TypeAction Adventure
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