Solomon's Key review - Nintendo Entertainment System

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Solomon's Key box artTo save his world from rampaging demons, Dana goes on a dangerous quest to find Solomon's Key and seal the monsters away. An audacious mix between an action game and a giant puzzle, Solomon's Key is one of the toughest challenges on the NES, but also one of its most endearing adventures. The player is required to combine logic and cunning reflexes to unravel all the mysteries of each room. Several secrets ought to be unlocked by the brightest minds, and only a few have been deemed worthy of seeing all the different endings. Will you be clever enough?

Overall Score83%

Retrospective comments


Based on the Tecmo coin op, this conversion is hardly the most attractive game you'll clap eyes on, but it has it where it counts. Basically you've got to get to the exit door on each stage which is locked. Your little wizard Dana has a magic wand which he can use to create and destroy blocks. In addition he can jump as well. There are baddies along the way and magic potions you can use against them.

There are about 50 rooms in all of increasing difficulty. At first it would be easy to write this game off as simplistic but it is on the later levels when the fiendishness of the game's challenges become apparent. In a day and age where games sell based on graphics and have often have shallow gameplay underneath the hood Soloman's Key is a breath of fresh air.

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