Forgotten Old Games – James Bond 007

Hi. It’s me again, bringing you the old titles that we hold close to our hearts, specially when it’s a portable you could carry in your shirt pocket, like today’s game! We’re talking about James Bond 007 for the Nintendo Gameboy. Released in 1998, one year after the famous 007: Goldeneye for the N64 came out. It’s not a FPS of course, but a good action/adventure game for an awesome 8-bit console. The plot, straight from the manual, says: “An arms smuggling ring threatens to create a new world order. The peace and security of the entire planet is at stake. MI6 sent agent 008 into Turkey to dismantle the operation. Soon thereafter, all contact was lost with 008. M makes a decision to send their best agent, James Bond, to investigate the whereabouts of 008. As Bond carries out this latest order, he becomes entangled in his deadliest mission yet.”
I’d say it’s an average secret agent story haha. But well let’s see how the game plays!

You can have up to 3 save games.

As you can see, just after pressing the start button, you’re presented with a game selection screen, where you can choose which of the 3 saves you want to use/start. At this screen you can erase and copy save games as well.

If it wears a bamboo hat, it's a chinese!

The first level is on china, and there you can see the basic game screen as well. Below the game screen there’s icons showing what you have equipped for button B, A and your  energy bar.

The basic controls are:
D-Pad – Moves character
A/ B – Varies on what’s equipped
Select – Opens Sub-screen
Start – Opens Save Screen

On the sub-screen you can assign equipments or actions to B and A buttons. The basic ones are  blocking and punching.
The energy bar shows your character’s health. To heal, you must use med kits or bandages.

In order to progress through stages, you’ll have to find some key items and solve misteries. You may have to talk to some people, defeat enemies, or search every corner of the stages to find them. So, if you’re stuck, be sure to talk to everyone and check everything.

The graphics are simple. Despite being a 1998 game, you must remember that the Gameboy itself is a 1988 hardware! There wansn’t really much they could do about it.
As for the songs, they’re repetitive, just like any 8-bit game. No I’m not saying 8-bit songs are bad, but some, like this game aren’t really catchy or even cool. So there’s not much to say about it.

Once you get to the cassino, you can play 3 mini-games: Baccarat, Blackjack and Red Dog! They’re required to some missions, but you can play them for fun as well.
That’s it for now. If you own a gameboy I’d recommend you try this one, it can keep you entertained for quite some time, specially if you, like me, love Blackjack haha!
See you next time!

 

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