>by: Aron Deppert
Somewhere near Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1994, a 13 year old boy got very interested in a show called Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Sure, he was he a little older than their average viewer, but that didn’t stop him from yelling “IT’S MORPHIN’ TIME” when the Rangers transformed into their high kickin’ and fast punchin’ alter egos.
That little boy was me. Stop laughing.
Soon after the show was launched, a game with the same title came out for multiple platforms. The one I obtained was for SNES, and it was a side-scrolling arcade style beat-em-up game. You could pick any Ranger you wanted, and they started out the level in their un-morphed forms with only fists and feet to protect themselves from the onslaught of Rita Repulsa’s henchmen, the Putties.
Jason likes working out his triceps by busting some Putty skulls.
By the halfway mark, IT’S MORPHIN’ TIME! You are then given your power weapon and your sweet Spandex suit. I typically opted for the Pink Ranger, because her bow mows down Putties from a safe distance. Plus, her skirted uniform was always the more appealing one. Unfortunately, each Power Ranger in the game shared the same sprite, just a different color palate. This left the two girl Rangers looking like grossly muscled, androgynous monstrosities.
Looks like Kimberly has been spending a little too much time at the gym.
At the end of each level you got to fight a boss that was pretty easy. Where this game really shined is at the end of each stage, when you got to take the helm of the Megazord and bash the living heck out of a super-sized monster. All together, these game elements shaped up to create a 90’s pop culture gem that’s worth playing, even if just for nostalgia’s sake.
Image credit: gamefaqs.com, screenshots