Violinist of Hameln for Super Famicom

violinist of hamelin

There’s this little cute guy, wearing a hat, a cape and carrying a violin, that comes to a village and plays for the monsters and makes a friend. A girl in a red hat with a white bow…
Hamelin Violin Hiki - intro1Hamelin Violin Hiki - intro2Hamelin Violin Hiki - intro3Hamelin Violin Hiki - intro4

This story is about the Violinist of Hameln ^_^ On Super Famicom, by Enix!
Hamelin no Violin Hiki_1K

This weekend me and my friend Gabriella played through the entire game, almost twice! ;D On saturday we sat for hours playing through until the second to last boss, and then.. forgot to press continue on time when we got distracted by our 3DS’s >_< This game lacks cheats or passwords so there is no way to skip ahead, you have to play through it all in one go!! But on sunday we gave it another go, and beat it without ever even getting a Game Over and we had 25 lives to spare! :D

Hamelin Violin Hiki - Start Screen_800

The best thing about the Violinist of Hameln is his buddy, the girl that can transform into almost anything!! Of course you have to discover the various powers first to unlock each creature she can turn into. The creatures will help you along the way. And if nothing else, you can always pick up and chuck the girl straight at enemies or walls :D It works!  The Violinist can only jump, glide a bit with his cape and shoot notes from his violin, so having the girl around is very helpful! Here’s a chart of all the characters you can unlock and choose from in the start menu:
Hamelin Violin Hiki - Kigurumi Select

And here they are in action:

Hamelin Violin Hiki - Buddy Ostrich Hamelin Violin Hiki - Buddy Frog
The Ostrich buddy: Walks over spikes
The Frog buddy: If you stand on
her you can jump up on hard to reach
Hamelin Violin Hiki - Buddy Robot  Hamelin Violin Hiki - Buddy Curling
The Robot Buddy: Can walk over
spikes and punch rock walls if you
jump on her.
The Curling buddy: Can be thrown
and will glide into narrow spaces and
is effective against enemies
Hamelin Violin Hiki - Buddy Gorilla5 Hamelin Violin Hiki - Buddy Penguin
The Gorilla Buddy: Can walk over
spikes, but is mainly meant for you
to get passed a certain stage where
you have to transform your buddy
into the gorilla to impress a guy..
See the gifs below for more
Gorilla action ;D
The Penguin Buddy: Let’s you swim
passed water, if you jump on the
penguin she dashes forward and
destroys enemies in the water.

buddy gorilla 2buddy gorilla 1

 Hamelin Violin Hiki - Buddy Fish Hamelin Violin Hiki - Buddy Duck
The Fish Buddy: If you step on it it
will float upwards! If you press down
it will drop, but you can’t steer side-
ways unless the wind takes you there.
The Duck Buddy: Can swim over water
but also dive if you jump on her.
 Hamelin Violin Hiki - Buddy Monkey  Hamelin Violin Hiki - Buddy UFO2
The Monkey Buddy: Can climb walls!
You just tag along and shoot whatever
comes in your way ^_^
The UFO Buddy: Hovers around you
constantly and is good when you need
the girl to follow you (BECAUSE SHE
JUMP AT ALL!!) >_<
 Hamelin Violin Hiki - Buddy Monster  Hamelin Violin Hiki - Buddy Frisbee
The Monster Buddy: Is useless, but
you need it to get passed a road
block. A guy needs to see the monster
to let you pass to the next stage.
The Frisbee Buddy: You’re actually
not supposed to stand on her, just
throw her like a frisbee at enemies :)
 Hamelin Violin Hiki - Buddy Elephant2  Hamelin Violin Hiki - Buddy Bird
The Elephant Buddy: Can put out
fires if you jump on her! Pffrrrsshh!
The Bird Buddy: Can fly!! And you
can steer her! :D Be careful not to
fall off though >_<
 Hamelin Violin Hiki - Buddy Octopus Hamelin Violin Hiki - Buddy Bomb
The Octopus Buddy: Let’s you swim
under water! :D
The BOMB Buddy: You can throw her
and she goes BOOOOOM!* Works like
a charm on all following bosses :D
  Hamelin Violin Hiki - Buddy Bomb2
Here’s a closeup of your buddy
BOMB blowing up! ;D LOL

boss fightThe entire screen flickers when the BOMB is thrown ^_^

There are four world maps, each filled with several stages followed by a boss at the end.
Hamelin Violin Hiki - world1    Hamelin Violin Hiki - world2
Hamelin Violin Hiki - world3    Hamelin Violin Hiki - world4
Hamelin Violin Hiki - map

In the beginning of each world map there’s a village which you can re-enter at any time between stages on that map. Here you can talk to people, regain health at an inn and buy stuff! :D Like shields, extra time for stages, a better cape and also some of the stuff that your buddy can turn into, like the UFO (but you will find this one on a stage later) and the missile (I’m not sure if you can find this one, so I’d suggest buy to it!)
Hamelin Violin Hiki - village

During stages you can find stars, when you have found 4 stars you will get to a bonus stage where you can find an extra life and also get loads of coins!
Hamelin Violin Hiki - area clear

The stages are all very varied, and with pretty graphics ^_^
Hamelin Violin Hiki - Stage 1.1Hamelin Violin Hiki - stage lateHamelin Violin Hiki - stageHamelin Violin Hiki - world 1

The bosses were a lot of fun! And not too hard, we only had some problems with one, which was the second boss. But eventually we figured out how to beat this one too ^_^ You’re just supposed to throw your buddy straight upwards towards the boss’ platform and he’ll fall down so you can hit him :)

Here’s screenshots of all the bosses:
Hamelin Violin Hiki - boss 1Hamelin Violin Hiki - boss 1.1
First boss, not that difficult, keep throwing your buddy at his face :)

Hamelin Violin Hiki - Boss 2Hamelin Violin Hiki - boss 2.1
The second boss, we were stuck here for a while since it was hard to dodge all the snakes that kept spawning while also dodging his spiked he kept shooting in all directions >_< but shooting your buddy from below the platform worked like a charm :) The non-blurry screenshots were taken while we were figuring out what to do and thought the UFO was a good idea.. but just throwing the girl worked a lot better ;D

Hamelin Violin Hiki - boss 3
This is the third boss, some skeleton guy on a really weird horse that has no face!!! LOL He wasn’t too difficult if you had the missile. I came into the boss fight for the first time with only one heart of health and I managed to beat him, while taking photos with my iPhone!!  ^_^

Hamelin Violin Hiki - final boss stage
During the final boss this guy with a grand piano on his back came in and joined the fight. You met him previously in the village, but I didn’t quite get what he said, so during the entire battle I wasn’t really sure if he was on my side or not.. but it turned out that he was on my side when the credits started rolling ;D

final boss

During the entire game you got the feeling that the Violinist wasn’t all that nice. He was quite mean to the girl, throwing her around and she looked pissed most of the time. And also during some cutscenes between stages this is what you saw:
Hamelin Violin Hiki - cutscene1
Hamelin Violin Hiki - cutscene2

But in the end it seemed like they made friends after all ^_^ This was a great game, and totally worth the high price :D
Hamelin Violin Hiki - cutscene3-

Hamelin Violin Hiki - the end

4 thoughts on “Violinist of Hameln for Super Famicom

  1. Great post! This is one of my all-time favorite SFAM games, so I’m glad to see it has a few more fans out there. Yeah, that poor girl gets put through hell, right? MORAL: Follow cute guys around (in foppish costumes or not) and they turn out to be jerks who toss you around!

    OK, not really, lol – I do LOVE the use of classical music in the game, though…

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