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Game #4982
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Hard Hat 2: War Ensemble    View all Top Dogs in this genreCollection: 3U Games
Action   Platformer

Rating: 8.75 (12 votes)

Hard Hat 2: War Ensemble box cover

Hard Hat 2: War Ensemble screenshot
Hard Hat and Hard Hat 2 are excellent 2D platformers based on robot from CAPCOM's popular Mega Man (Rockman in Asia) franchise. In the author's words, "...the game is a single player game where you play as a Met[, an enemy robot] in the NES Classic Mega Man. Hard Hat is PO'd ar Dr. Wily for always treating him like dirt and decideds to go fight against him with Mega Man. His timing could not have been better because Mega Man had just suffered a crushing defeat against Metal Man. Be warned, Hard Hat is VERY hard."

Both games will delight Mega Man fans with authentic, addictive gameplay from the NES series, coupled with new storylines and "boss" monsters. Although graphics are "ripped" from original games, they are superbly arranged to create new levels that are much harder than the originals. Fortunately, Hard Hat can gain new weapons and abilities much like Mega Man does - typically after defeating each boss.

Although it looks and plays just like Mega Man, be warned that both games are very difficult. The enemies are far more numerous, and Hard Hat takes more damage than Mega Man (probably because he is so much smaller). If you consider yourself a joystick expert, though, you will definitely have much more fun than frustration with these two classics. I have a few minor gripes: there are too few enemy types per level, and there should be many 'save points' in each level to help out incompetent fans like me. But all in all, both games deserve to be considered part of Mega Man's canon, and are must-haves for every fan of the franchise. Highly recommended.

Reviewed by: Underdogs

Designer: Unknown
Developer: Damaged Games
Publisher: Freeware
Year: 2004
Software Copyright: Damaged Games
Theme: Science Fiction, Anime
Multiplayer:  
None that we know of
System Requirements: Windows XP
Where to get it:
Related Links: http://hardhat.damagedgames.com/">Official site
Links:    
If you like this game, try: Hard Hat: The Rebellion, Mega Man, T4 Funeral

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