Back in the early days of video gaming, licensed properties didn’t have to be mere platformers or shooters with characters shoveled in – the Short Circuit Commodore 64 title was an puzzle solving adventure game, for example. While The Goonies games never quite captured the appeal of the movie, all of them offered some interesting gameplay mechanics, with plenty of secrets to uncover. And while the American computer versions did a better job of tying in with the movies than Konami’s interpretation, the Japanese company did well enough to emulate the adventurous experience of the movie, while creating titles far more in depth than your average 8-bit game.
Like most older computer games, The Goonies is brutally unforgiving. Some of the puzzles can get infuriating, especially the ones when you’re dodging bats, and the slippery controls don’t help. Getting one of the Goonies killed requires that you start each screen over – once you run out of lives, you need to start the whole game from scratch.
The Commodore 64 and Atari 800 versions are basically the same, with only minor differences in sound and color. The Apple II version is also very similar, aside from a slight horizontal crop due to the lower resolution. The Spectrum version has completely different (and inferior) graphics, along with much worse sound.