Quick Hits is a daily segment at NCG that highlights games that may have been forgotten, will never be found, or otherwise deserve notice.
By the time the PSX/N64 era was already in full swing. I had begun to realize that there were probably some hidden classics I had missed out on, having only really hit the console games scene well into the 16-bit era. As such, I picked up an NES and and a box of games from a garage sale for 10 dollars–a good deal even at the time.
Among the games included was Solar Jetman: Hunt for the Golden Warpship.
This game quickly became one of my favorites. Each level was a different planet. Each planet had different gravity, which would affect your scout craft accordingly. To proceed through the game, you explore each planet’s cavernous depths, hunting for ship parts, and eventually enough fuel to progress to the next planet. The graphics were simple but evocative, and the soundtrack perfectly suited the exploration of these desolate worlds.
The controls were simple, but fun: use your thrusters to propel your craft in a direction indicated by your orientation, and your weapons to defend against alien threats. Move toward an item, and it would automatically be tethered to your craft, adding its weight and momentum to yours, enabling you to tow it back to your mothership for drop-off.
Copies are relatively easy to find, so if you’re a sucker for space adventure and classic NES games, consider picking it up if you get the chance.