PCE Review #9: Wonder Momo

Game: Wonder Momo
Genre: Beat ’em up
Developer: Namcot
Publisher: Namcot
Format: HuCard
Release date: 1989

This game’s cover art is cute, as are its title and between-stage screens. Also, its main theme is appreciably jaunty, with a Mega Man-esque quality to it. Oh, and I basically got it for free (the person from whom I bought my PC Engine threw six games, including this one, into the package before shipping it). Sadly, those are the only positive things I can say about this particular HuCard. I have plenty of negative things to say about it, though. For starters, let’s go back to those graphics I mentioned in the first sentence of this write-up. Although I’d be hard-pressed to call them terrible, I have no such problem calling them antiquated and boring–especially when it comes to Wonder Momo‘s yawn-enducing backgrounds. As bad as the game’s visuals are, though, they’re works of art compared to its gameplay, which consists of the titular Momo high-kicking and jump-kicking one ambling, odd-looking enemy after another until she’s beaten enough of them to be whisked off to the next, claustrophobic stage. Every once in a while, a tornado whirls its way onto the scene, and if Momo touches it she turns into, well, I guess she turns into Wonder Momo. Regardless, she puts on a helmut, a pair of boots and wields some sort of hula-hoop-like weapon–and winds up barely more powerful than she was as Regular Ol’ Momo. Toss all of the above complaints into a blender and what do you get? You guessed it: A crappy beat ’em up that only should be added to your collection if your aim is to own each and every HuCard. Everyone else should avoid it like a pixelated plague.

See also: Previous PCE Reviews


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4 responses to “PCE Review #9: Wonder Momo

  1. It’s as if everyone needs to give this game a try because it’s really cheap and the girl looks cute on the cover. I’m as guilty as the next guy, of course. Lousy game. Imagine if they drew her on the cover as the chubster she is at the title screen. I bet hardly anyone would ever bother with it!

    Great to see two new posts, btw!

  2. Yeah, I didn’t even mean to buy this game, IvaNEC, but when I saw it sitting in the box (along with a few other stinkers — including Barunba), I couldn’t help but think, “Huh, that looks interesting!” Imagine my surprise when I actually played it 🙂

    One thing I find funny about my interest in this game: Even though I kind of ridicule them, I don’t terribly mind the game’s graphics. If the gameplay were more engrossing/interesting, I’d probably find them kind of charming, in fact…

    As for me posting twice in the past week — be on the lookout for more in the coming weeks. I actually have five posts in the hopper at the moment, and more are sure to join them soon. I’m really on a PCE kick at the moment and hope you acquire a bunch of new games between now and the end of the year 🙂

  3. That’s awesome man, I’m glad to hear you’re getting good mileage out of your PCE. Does your batch of upcoming posts include a Fantasy Zone review? I noticed it on your “currently playing” list at the Gay Gamer site. 🙂

  4. Oh, yeah, I’m definitely getting good mileage out of my PCE. Really, it’s like reliving the youth I never had — or something like that 🙂 I always wanted a PCE as a kid (hence the title of the blog) and now I have one!

    As for the content of my upcoming posts — one of them *is* about Fantasy Zone, but it isn’t a review. I will review the game sooner rather than later, of course, but probably not for bit.

    The posts I’m working up are all over the place, really. Like I said, I recently renewed my interest in the ol’ PCE, which means I’m playing more of its games (sometimes via emulation — until I can buy the real thing), looking to buy more of them, etc. Anyway, hopefully you and others will like the posts.

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