AVAILABLE ON: GEN, GG, SMS
DEVELOPER(S): BlueSky Innovations
PUBLISHER(S): Sega, Tec Toy (SMS)
In 1992, Sega responded to Capcom's NES game based on The Little Mermaid with their own version of the license. While the NES game wasn't up to the usual, recent standard of Capcom's Disney games for the NES, at least it was somewhat exciting. Ariel isn't really even an action game, it's more like a 16-bit underwater navigating course disguised as an action game - and an equally short and easy game as its "counterpart". It's kind of like Ecco, but with Ariel... and Triton!
King Triton & Friends
The persistent sea witch Ursula has cast a spell over the inhabitants of the sea and turned them into polyps. In the most recent turn of events, she has managed to kidnap a member of the royal family. As either King Triton or his beautiful daughter Ariel, you must seek out Ursula and defeat her to effectively end the curse.
|Triton's ready to kick some ass. And Flounder's |
ready to move some boulders.
|'Eeeeeere, Jaws. A hot, half-naked chick for you |
to chew on.
The idea of the game is very simple. You need to save all the merpeople from fixed locations clearly indicated on your map, and that's about it. On the way, you might bump into some keys which can be used to open treasure chests, some of which are in plain sight and some which are safely tucked behind some boulders. For some odd reason, you can summon Flounder, Ariel's fishy friend, to get rid of those huge boulders. Don't even try to come up with one good reason why a tank like King Triton can't even budge the boulders, while a small yellow fish with the mental and physical strength of a worm can. You can also summon Sebastian to kill all the enemies on the screen... cue even more unwelcome awkwardness.
|Back to Monkey Island with you!|
I wish I had something a bit meatier to say about the game, but I simply don't. Ariel is not a bad game by any measure. It's good, light entertainment when you're not in the mood - or condition - to judge. In other words, I might've enjoyed it more if I had the hangover of the year. There are way too few games designed for those less admirable physical conditions. I'd stick to the NES game if I were you, and looking for something even a bit more tense.
GRAPHICS : 8.7
SOUND : 7.9
PLAYABILITY : 6.5
LIFESPAN : 5.5
CONCLUSION : 6.1