Little Red Hood

Hello everybody! Today I’m going to write about Little Red Hood, a pirate original developed by Sachen. It was released on the Famicom by Sachen themselves, and it was later released on the NES by HES Interactive.

Unfortunately, these single-game versions are very expensive. Despite the game’s very low-quality gameplay (which I will get to soon), people gladly pay hundreds of dollars for it. Thus, I have to play it on a multicart. To be specific, I’m using this CoolBoy 400-in-1.

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CoolBoy 400-in-1 Real Game cartridge

So! Let’s get to the game. There are two different versions. One with a Taiwanese title screen, and another with an English one. I have the English one on that multicart.

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Little Red Hood title screen

Little Red Hood is (in)famous for its low quality. And yeah, it’s not super good. But it isn’t, as some people call it, the worst NES/Famicom game of all time. Out of all the ones I’ve played, that title would go to Egg Contest.

Yeah, generally speaking, if people say a game is the worst video game ever, or even just on a certain system, they’re usually wrong. E.T. on the Atari 2600? Not really super bad. Pac-Man on the Atari 2600? Same there. Although to be fair Little Red Hood is in my opinion worse than both of those games.

Unfortunately (or maybe to your relief) I can’t get any more screenshots of this game on my CRT TV, because right now my Famicom isn’t hooked up to it right now, and everybody else is watching a movie on the other TV, and it’s really late, so I will be forced to use an emulator to take these screenshots. 😦

Oh and while I’m on an emulator I may as well show you the Taiwanese title screen.

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Well, whatever. When you press start, you will be taken to the first level.

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As you can see, there are are a bunch of trees, a door, bad guys, and rocks. Plus there is “Little Red Hood” herself. No, not Little Red Riding Hood. Little Red Hood. Although the ending cutscene seems to imply it was supposed to be Little Red Riding Hood. I haven’t ever beaten this game though so I can’t show you a picture. Plus, you may not want spoilers.

Well, what’s the point of this game?

Well, first you have to avoid the zombie things, snakes, and other enemies. Also at random times a staircase will appear in the ground. There is literally nothing you can do to trigger this. It’s pretty random.

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Normally when you go in you can just find some money, plus some health replenishers, and sometimes a key.

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So! How do you go to the next level?

Well, Little Red Hood has to first enter the staircase and find the key. Sometimes it isn’t there though, so if you don’t find it you have to come back out and wait for the staircase to show up again and see if it shows up then. It’s just random.

When you acquire the keys, kick the trees over and over again until fruit falls out of them. Whether the fruit falls out is (again) totally random.

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If you get a random unspecified amount of fruit, then the next time you go down the staircase you will advance to the next level.

Well, most of the levels are like that. One or two have slightly different ways to get the key, and some require you to go and get things from the store before the key shows up.

The store! What’s that? Shouldn’t I have mentioned that by now? No? Why not? Because it’s basically pointless. You go into them by going in those doors. All the stores have the same items, even the ones that are right next to each other. All the items you can get from the store you can find underneath rocks.

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Oh, and yeah, you can get things from under rocks. What stuff? Well, potions that replenish your health, a weapon that attacks the zombies, and some other item I forget. You can get this in the stores too.

The stuff you can’t get in the stores that you can get under rocks are extra bad guys, and you can find money, and a dog that will attack enemies for you.

And that’s about it.

Oh, and did I mention that enemies respawn IMMEDIATELY after they are killed? There’s literally no time before they respawn. So it’s not as much killing them as teleporting them to another part of the screen.

…And that’s it. The end. Bye! I’ll write more later.

P.S. there’s also a bonus game sort of where you fly with a balloon and collect money, but I’m not sure exactly what triggers it. It seems to be totally random.

 

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