Monday, September 20th, 2021

Joe & Mac Review (SNES)


With the five new features of Nintendo Switch Online’s NES and SNES game catalogs arriving today, we decided to check out these new/old versions to help you decide which one to play first. enjoy!


In the early 1990s, there was a period when the video game industry fell in love with the role of caveman-after all, an executive somewhere believed that TurboGrafx-16 was characterized by Bunker It is a suitable mascot against Mario and Sonic. One of the most prolific of these games is Joe & Mac from Data East, which is a revamped version of an arcade game called “Caveman Ninja”. In this game, a duo with bright hair fought back against a rival tribe of Neanderthals. The tribe of Neanderthals kidnapped all women while facing hordes of dinosaurs and other prehistoric times. The originator is like a wool mammoth. Our hero is equipped with various weapons suitable for the period, including bone sticks, stone wheels, flint (throwing fire) and boomerangs.

Like many Data East titles, this move lacks the reputation of other higher-profile companies. But the visual effects of comedy, the stupid expressions of the characters and the strange sound effects create a silly atmosphere, and despite its floating controls and annoying boss encounters, it still makes the game interesting. It is also gloriously weird, because the final stage takes place inside the dinosaur, where you face some kind of demon who apparently controls it from within. It also provides the ability for two players to play the game at the same time, and because the difficulty is more forgiving than “Contra III”, it is undoubtedly more suitable for cooperative games.

Joe & Mac’s SNES conversion is mainly to copy the appearance of the original arcade, although it lacks some effects and animations, and the frame rate and movement are slower. However, unlike other local ports, it has actually been expanded to more levels and connected to their Super Mario World style map. Some of the levels themselves are longer, including some buttons that allow you to unlock doors on the map screen that can bring extra rewards.

On the contrary, lack of some power-on functions, such as hot sauce that allows you to breathe fire, and you can no longer increase your attack power. Although your life scale is generous, every new life will start your life with the default short-range club weapon, which makes it difficult to attack effectively until you find out that it is powered on. Despite these problems, it is definitely richer than the (slightly brief) arcade experience, so it stands out from the existing Caveman Ninja arcade game in the Switch eShop in Johnny Turbo’s Arcade series.

Joe & Mac is not a classic-in the grand scheme of the prehistoric caveman game, it is located below Bonk, but above Prehistorik Man and Chuck Rock. But this is a mildly interesting transfer, especially when with friends.