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Is Top Hunter any good?
Absolutely! Very fun to come back to! Absolutely! Very fun to come back to! 40%[6 Votes]
Its very good! With some minor flaws Its very good! With some minor flaws 20%[3 Votes]
Meh, its average at best Meh, its average at best 13%[2 Votes]
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Top Hunter discussion
eccentric cat
NOTE: This was a previous Game of the week discussion thread!

Hello! Time for Game of the Week!

I don't have much to say about this one, since I've never played it... Let's hear what you guys have to say. ^^;

Top Hunter

Players: 2
Genre: Platform
Size: 110 Megs
Released on: AES, MVS, NeoGeo CD, Wii Virtual Console, SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1 (PS2, PSP, Wii)

Brief Description:

Top Hunter: is a side scrolling arcade platform game developed by SNK for the Neo Geo in 1994. 3 buttons are used in this game. Pull the joystick left or right to move in that direction. Pull the down to crouch. Tap Button A to do a single punch. Press Button A to do a elongated punch. When adjacent to an object press Button A to pick it up. If the object can be thrown, press Button A again to throw it. Button A also fires weapons you may hold. Pull the joystick up and press Button A to do an upward punch. Press Button B to jump up. Press Button C to jump to and from the back and front planes. Jump into a battle mech to use it. Push in the direction of a wall to topple it over. The battle mech can punch diagonally as well as straight and upwards. The first player can only play as Roddy while the second plays only as Cathy.



Top Hunter Review by Kazuya_UK

Review Quotes:

Kazuya_UK Wrote:
... Overall this game is decent, although very average. It can be fun for a while especially in two player mode, but it does get boring very fast. The game is also very easy and will not take you very long to complete. However, if you really want to play a platform game, you could do worse than try this.

Other Media:

Nothing as of yet... Sorry! :\

Highscore Challenge:

Yup, we have a challenge going on! Good luck!


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Edited by eccentric cat on 27. September 2009 08:12
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i think it's very good with some minor flaws. i think the graphics are great, gameplay is fun and even a bit humorous, but the only thing that makes it a bit difficult is the plane switching aspect. it becomes a bit confusing to jump back and forth between planes and sometimes you are blocked from doing so. its hard to tell when its necessary to make the jump!

other than that, great game! i've only played the NGCD version of it however.
Edited by Genjuro on 20. September 2009 09:18
Very fun game! When I first tried it I only planned on taking it for a test run but I couldn't stop playing until I beat it. I absolutely love the plan switching feature and think it would be an excellent addition to other side scrollers. While I know the game isn't perfect I think it could have been the start to a hit franchise had SNK ever developed a sequel.

Also, Roddy and Cathy should have been in NeoGeo Battle Colosseum. Smile
I have had this on NGCD for over 10 years and still think graphics are great I was certainly very impressed at the time as the games is from about 95 I think. Its no the most exciting game in the world but its fun and well worth getting if you see it at a price you consider reasonable. With reference to my opinion of Cyberlip I agree its a game that probably deserved a sequel.
Now this is my type of game! I don't care for fighters, but it's these massively impressive 2D games that got me into the Neo Geo. Me and my girlfriend spent a night beating this game. The 2 player mode is excellent, and makes the plane switching more enjoyable. The NGCD has unlimited continues, so playing with a beginner is a blast as they don't have to try and keep up. I don't know why this game doesn't get more praise, its gorgeous and the controls are perfect. A winning combination!
Mr Vengeance
Its certainly pretty unique on the Neo Geo. Had it come out on say the SNES would we all be singing its praises so much? It might have disappeared without trace, but still, there's fun to be had with it, but I think its far from the best games on the system.
That's one heck of a super platformer. It was very anticipating on my first play wondering what I was going to get next from planet to planet at then at last Captain Klakton's Mothership. If Roddy and Cathy were selectable characters instead of Roddy for P1 and Cathy for P2, the game would have been better to play, even though both characters' abilities are not to very different. The Battle Machines you ride on are handy but it gets a bit irritating when you bump off it, the moment you knock into something hostile. I have preference to the arcade/AES music as opposed to the Neo-Geo CD music.

The best bit is that you can perform moves very like Ryo Sakazaki whilst you play. Perhaps that's what you get when you cross a scrolling platformer with a fighting game.

Of the five Pirate Masterminds, my favourite is Misty and Dr. Burn. I don't like the look of pig ugly Big Man.
Never played this but have seen videos on youtube. Will pick this up if I get a chance.
Mr Vengeance wrote:
Its certainly pretty unique on the Neo Geo. Had it come out on say the SNES would we all be singing its praises so much? It might have disappeared without trace, but still, there's fun to be had with it, but I think its far from the best games on the system.

That's a good question. I think what makes Top Hunter so great is the excellent graphics which really aren't possible on any other platform of the era. Second, the controls are excellent, and better than most games, up there with Metal Slug. I'm not sure if that's because of the game, or the excellent Neo Geo controllers (whether that be the stick or pad).

As a whole, I think Top Hunter embodies what the Neo Geo is all about, flashy graphics, superior sound, responsive controls, and an excellent multi player experience. Best game on the system? No. Excellent game? Absolutely. Possible on the SNES? Not a chance.
I never know how to approach this game. I mean, we all wish the neo had a more robust library with a larger variety of titles but the quarter munching platformer just boggles me. Should I be super critical or forgiving?
If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there.
I have not played this yet but I will. Looking for it to both AES and MVS as I got a shockbox to the MVS version
The Duce
I've been really enjoying Top Hunter recently so just felt like bumping this thread. Hope to see a few more people post their thoughts about this game.

What an amazing game Top Hunter is! The graphics are beautiful. If you wanted to show off what the Neo Geo hardware is capable of to someone who wasn't familiar with the games this would be a good example to show them. Being able to switch between two planes is a very original idea and although confusing at first, works well. Being able to ride a mech, use many different special moves, play bonus stages and achieve five different endings adds variety and the replay value is high. I like the enemy designs and humour in the game. I would rate Top Hunter 9/10. Very fun game that's a must for any Neo Geo collection.
I can only agree, it's a great game!
To me, it looks like a game that could have been released for Sega Saturn, and I mean that in a very positive way.

Replay value is always hard to determine. It always comes down to what kind of games you like, doesn't it?
I can imagine some people thinking they're done with this title when they've completed it once. Just like someone else just credit feeds through a shooter and consider they have beaten the game.
Personally I wouldn't give titles like Resident Evil a high replay value, to me they are finished when completed once, but I know a lot of people that wouldn't agree and finds pleasure in playing them through several times, to find a secret item or completing it in shorter time etc.

But if you like games like Top Hunter, then yes it has high replay value, just like you pointed out Merlin.
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