Just as ruthless as it was on the NES!
The DOS version of this game, a port of the game from its home, the Nintendo Entertainment System, is just the same, hard, but not impossible, (though frustrating more often than not!) sidescroller game, one type of game that is genuinely going to test your endurance and your patience. Graphically, if you've played an NES title before, you're going to feel just home here too! It's a modular game, with a good amount of tiles and, for the most part, you're going to get a good idea of where you can go and where you cannot. One problem that plagued the original version of the game, the stairs, which require a bit of fiddling to get around them or to escalate or dismount them, holds here too! Other than that, it's the same monsters with the same patters of movement, which means that your positioning in the level is crucial, and you still have and can make great use of it: your whip! Yep, it's going to be a hard game, but it is certainly worth it, if you love the hardcore games of yore, the kind that the Angry Video Game Nerd would certainly love to go nuts about! A good download alternative is Giana Sisters, for a series that took the ideas of Super Mario, endowed them with some measure of originality and creates a (less difficult) yet still fun game.