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Top Gun for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) - A Crappy Video Game We Love

Updated on August 15, 2014
They can make any game look cool with the cover art. Top Gun actually was a cool game, but it had many fatal flaws ingrained into it. It's hard to say whether it's a good game or a bad game, but it's still very playable.
They can make any game look cool with the cover art. Top Gun actually was a cool game, but it had many fatal flaws ingrained into it. It's hard to say whether it's a good game or a bad game, but it's still very playable.

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The original Top Gun for the NES is a pretty cool game, but not exactly the coolest. It introduced a lot of kids to the shoot ‘em up flight simulator genre, me included. I still remember trying to land the plane before going to school in the first grade. I don’t think I ever got very far in this game.

It’s kind of amusing that they slapped the Top Gun name on this video game, since it has very little to do with the actual movie. Couldn’t they have at least slapped a pixilated Tom Cruise in there somewhere? Nah, that would have involved the minimum amount of effort. The whole game is only four levels long, too. In the first mission you kick a whole bunch of ass, and then land the plane. Then you destroy an aircraft carrier in level 2, an enemy base in level 3, and finally… a Space Shuttle? Seriously?

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Top Gun on the NES - Full Game

There's your final boss. The Space Shuttle. Yeah. Don't let them fly into space for peaceful scientific exploration, man! Rocket them back to the stone age, bro!
There's your final boss. The Space Shuttle. Yeah. Don't let them fly into space for peaceful scientific exploration, man! Rocket them back to the stone age, bro!

The only country in the world that ever had Space Shuttles in service was the United States. The Soviet Union made one, called the Buran, but it only completed a single unmanned test flight. So this means that the object of Top Gun the video game is for the United States Air Force to destroy a NASA Space Shuttle. Yes, this makes logical sense. Good job, game designers!

Oh boy, those were some hard four levels too, let me tell you. While it’s easy to say that this game is crap today, it was very unique back then. It felt so cool and realistic to be flying in the clouds, shooting down lots of planes. You even had to evade missiles (though the missles looked like bob-omb from Mario 2). There was no music during gameplay, which either made the game seem more real or just cheaply made. That depends on how you look at it. It was just you and the engines, baybe.

The missles kind of look like Bob-omb flying at you. These Missiles sure are slow, too. Shouldn't they fly at you super fast since they are rocketing towards you while you fly at them? Logic, you know?
The missles kind of look like Bob-omb flying at you. These Missiles sure are slow, too. Shouldn't they fly at you super fast since they are rocketing towards you while you fly at them? Logic, you know?

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The famous landing sequence, popularized by the AVGN. It's not as hard as he makes it sound. You just match altitude and speed with what it says. For a kid though, that wasn't obvious since it tells you what to do even when you match alt and speed.
The famous landing sequence, popularized by the AVGN. It's not as hard as he makes it sound. You just match altitude and speed with what it says. For a kid though, that wasn't obvious since it tells you what to do even when you match alt and speed.

A Cheap Game Full of Memories

Yeah, the game was cheaply made. The graphics were very simple, and it was short as all crap. Yet, this game was pretty cool. It was a fresh and new experience, and it sold more than 2 million copies.

But the game handed your ass to you repeatedly. Suddenly this game began to suck like crap. Landing the plane as a kid was frustrating, but nowadays it seems easy in comparison. Why did they have to put that landing sequence in there, and also the mid-air fuel refill sequence? Those parts really detract from the overall game play.

Top Gun is worth a look for the nostalgia factor alone, but other than that it's not a must play game. I love it due to memories, mostly.

Top Gun 2 was a lot better, but I believe the Bob-ombs (I mean missles) could hit you from even further away! Thanks, Konami. Just take a dump all over my face.

If I didn't have a soft sport for this game due to my childhood, I would definitely say it's a big wad of sticky, smelly turd. But I loved it so much as a kid, even though I sucked at it. So... grudgingly.. it's still a decent game. I guess.

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