Famicom Impressions: Pooyan

Famicom Impressions

Out of the last couple of Famicom games I picked up, this was the most playable, until the 2nd stage at least…. This is the Famicom Impression of Pooyan プーヤン (HFC-PO) released by Konami in 1985. An arcade-like platform game. It was I think an arcade game before it was ported to console.

You can really tell the difference between games released in the more than 10 year span of the Famicom’s lifetime. This one is from 1985, and the Dragon Ball Z game I made an impression of yesterday is from 1993. Just compare the graphics! And this is Konami, which has given us amazing things such as Castlevania, TMNT, Parodius, Contra, Crisis Force and many more..  most of these games are from the very late 80’s to the early 90’s though.

Pooyan - Famicom

So basically the game is about shooting the balloons that hold the wolves so that they fall to their death instead of climbing up the ladder to eat you and your family alive. Fairly easy concept, but there’s loads of wolves coming down simulateously, and eventually they get different colored balloons, some will shoot back at you so you have to dodge as well. Once I got to stage two though I got stuck. HOW THE HELL DO YOU SHOOT THE BALLOON OF THE PINK WOLF?!?!? As you can see in the video below the pink wolves block every single arrow I shoot at them! >_< Since I couldn’t kill them 5 new enemies spawned every time I let one slip, and there was always a new pink one there! It was destined to fail..

Pooyan - Pink Wolf Sucks!

Apart from that no Japanese language is needed to play this game, it’s not the best game on the Famicom, but certainly not the worst, however I’m fairly sure it’s the worst Konami game every made >-<

Here’s the video of my firtst attempt:

3 thoughts on “Famicom Impressions: Pooyan

    • He only got two pink wolves! And he managed to shoot the second one. Every time I died though 5 new wolfs came each time and each time I missed the pink one! He was impossible to shoot down!

      • I can vaguely recall watching some gal in an arcade waaaaay back in the day crushing this game, but finally dying a few stages in. I stepped up, put in a coin and didn’t even clear that level, lol…

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