A playthrough of Acclaim’s 1990 racing game for the NES, Bigfoot.
Does anyone else remember that old show Video Power with that guy Johnny Arcade as the host? The one that featured old Acclaim game characters? That was my first exposure to this game – I wonder how many of you have similar memories?
I thought it was a pretty solid game. As a kid the controls totally confuzzled me, and it took me forever to figure out how to play the side-viewed races (really, why do you have to alternate hitting left and right to accelerate?), but once I had figured it out, the game was a fun, if somewhat short lived and easy, little bit of entertainment.
You travel across country in your ridiculously huge monster truck, racing against other ridiculously huge trucks. Each leg begins with an overhead race in which you battle it out for power-ups and cash, all while trying to destroy the other truck. Once that’s done, you upgrade your vehicle with your winnings and head into a competition round where you smash rows of cars, drag heavy stuff, or drive up steep hills, all while trying to avoid damaging the parts of your Bigfoot.
It’s all pretty simple and the game is quite short, but I enjoyed it. Barring outliers like Back to the Future, it’s about typical of Beam’s quality for the NES. It looks pretty good, the controls work well (once you understand how they work), and it of course includes the obligatory half-naked women posing in front of your truck. But why does the music sound like it just came from a hoedown?
No cheats were used during the recording of this video.
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