RELEASED: December 1991
AVAILABLE ON: PC, SNES
PUBLISHER(S): Disney Software (PC), IGS (SNES)
The Rocketeer was created by comic book artist Dave Stevens in 1982 as a tribute to 30's and 40's matinee superheroes. In 1991, Joe Johnston directed a movie based on this obscure cult hero to be distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. The movie was perhaps released to mixed reviews, but since it was such a visually impressive action movie, and one by Disney, it spawned its very own video game, which left no room for debate. The Rocketeer is one of the worst games I've ever played.
Set the controls for the heart of the sun
In the late 30's, a jetpack secretly developed by industrialist Howard Hughes is stolen by a mob led by Eddie Valentine. The thieves get caught by the FBI on an airfield frequented by stunt pilot Cliff Secord and his mechanic Peevy Peabody. Cliff uses the jetpack and a helmet designed by Peevy to become The Rocketeer, a national hero who gets unwanted attention from both the mob and the Nazis due to his deeds.
I hate the movie, to be honest.
But not as much as I hate the game.
|As clumsy as it gets.|
The Rocketeer is an action game which is divided into four different sorts of sequences. So is it a diverse game, then? Oh, absolutely! I've never seen so many variables of shit in one single game! First up is a flying race you simply cannot win, not if your opponents get ahead of you once. The controls are awful, and the camera angle simply does not work. Think about an Indy Car game, viewed from the absolute side, and you'll get the picture. Once you get the jetpack to replace your plane, the races get much easier, but none the more interesting to play.
|That Hindenburg's going down.|
|"We can't put swastikas in a Nintendo game, but |
you know what would look cool? A double
lightning, you know, like: SS?"
When I first saw the movie, I was disappointed. I thought it would be more of a serious, action-packed superhero film instead of the boring Disney drama it rather is. When I saw it for a second time as a more mature viewer, I downright hated it. I would gladly watch it for a third, and fourth, and fifth time, hell, I'd buy the DVD rather than ever destroying my senses by even thinking about this game's existence again. IGS didn't publish a whole lot of console games after The Rocketeer, by the way. I wonder why.
GRAPHICS : 4.2
SOUND : 3.0
PLAYABILITY : 2.0
LIFESPAN : 1.5
CONCLUSION : 1.8
Another, wholly different game based on the movie was developed for the NES by Bandai and released prior to the 16-bit game in May 1991.