52: The Guardian Legend

Genre: Platformer

Developer: Compile
Publisher: Brøderbund
Year: 1989

Basic Idea: Destroy a space station on a collision course with Earth, transforming between a jet and a human as the need arises.

Review: For those who haven’t played this game and want a better idea of what you’d be getting into, think of combining Zanac and Startropics into the same game.  In some levels you are a jet, frenetically maneuvering through your typical space shooter areas.  Most of the time, however, you will exploring the space station, going from room to room collecting power-ups, solving local puzzles, and destroying the occasional boss.

The game is similar in spirit to Blaster Master, but easier to navigate and with the ability to save your progress.  Granted, it’s just an annoying password system, but it’s better than nothing at all.

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