6. The Three-Eyed One (Mitsume ga Tōru)
Now this is a really obscure game. I had never even heard of it until my friend Heidi over at retrovideogaming mentioned it to me. It’s so tricky to find I had to get my copy as a pirate cart! But luckily it is totally worth looking for.
Mitsume ga Toru started off as a manga created by Osamu Tezuka. That name might sound kind of familiar to you and that’s because he is the creator of Astro Boy. In 1992 it was developed into a Famicom game by Natsume staring Hosuke Sharaku, the last of the Three-Eyed Men. Well to me he still looks like a boy! Hosuke’s friend Wata Chiyoko is kidnapped by prince Godaru who rode in to destroy the city of Gomorrah the ancient tank. If this sounds a little confusing to you the manga itself is based on Sharaku investigating actual historical ruins like Easter Island to help solve mysteries about them. He also studies the ancient ruins that were left by his ancestors for him. For this game you just have to worry about rescuing your friend.
This game contains five distinct levels all of which have a boss at the end. Five levels doesn’t really sound like much but the game is challenging enough you won’t fly through it in an hour. At least I can’t fly through it that fast! You travel through areas like the city, jungle, desert, a level on a motorboat and to an abandoned ship. So there definitely is some originality to the levels!
In some ways this game is like your typical jump and shoot type game, but your weapon called “The Red Condor” switches it up. There are 3 types of bullets for the Condor besides your default front facing shot, so you will have to be sure to purchase them from the store when you can. Each type of bullet has its own advantages and disadvantages so you will have to practice with each one so you have an idea which will work best in each situation. This will be the key to your success. You can waste a lot of time (like I did) trying to figure out how to get up a tall obstacle when you can use a special bullet that creates platforms for you to jump up. So make sure you pick up as many red coins as possible so you can be fully stocked with ammo.
The environments and characters are really brightly colored and cheery. Along with the catchy music this game is really fun to play. I went into this game not knowing the story or Japanese and I still haven’t had any issues playing, I’m on stage 3 by the way. So check out the screenshots and if it looks like something you would enjoy be sure to hunt down a copy whether it be an official copy or a pirate cart like mine!
Right now on eBay.com there is a copy listed for $65.99