An attractive remake of “Hunchback.” Play as Quasimodo, cross a castle and rescue Esmerelda.
There once was a game called Hunchback. It was released in 1983. I’d never heard of it, and probably never would have until a remake turned up and was reviewed here a while back. This review is for a different remake, but of the same game.
Several differences separate the two versions, notably the graphics. This game looks fantastic (and with graphics ripped from Ghouls ‘n Ghosts, its hard not to) but the game suffers in nearly every other way.
It’s sad to say, but this game just isn’t really any fun. As great as it looks and as good as I want it to be, it is just ridiculously hard for no obvious reason. Jumping onto ropes is phenomenally hard and jumping off successfully is even harder. The saving grace of dying repeatedly on the second level is laughing at the Hunchback as he plummets like a stone and breaks into a string of (censored) curse words.
Although there is a great game here, it is hidden behind the overly blocky controls and ridiculous rope/jump mechanism. Watch out for the level where the arrows shoot you in the back and for the “game over” text which occasionally stays on screen when starting new games. Other levels are entertaining and the bell bonuses are nice, so there are enjoyables here, too. The final verdict rests with you.