Release Date: 1992
Asterix and Obelix have never really made a splash in the USA so you might have missed out on their first, and only, arcade foray. For those unfamiliar with them, the Gaul duo are from a French comedy comic series where they take on the oppression of the Roman Empire, butting heads with Julius Cesar on several occasions. They were popular enough for Konami to turn their arcade beat’em-up magic towards the pair. What Konami gets right from the very begining is the life of the characters and their world. Its light, colorful, and comedic; they did a fantastic job to keep the same style from the series that will surely put a smile on your face. The game even adds in a couple of platform like segments to divy things up a bit. What Konami got right for themselves and wrong for all of those pumping quarters into this would be the boss difficulty. If you are playing just about any arcade beat’em-up, the expectation is that you are going to die a whole lot while you feed the machine again and again and again. This takes things to another level, especially with an ending that will pit you against multiple bosses, back to back to back, etc. Throughout the game your happy smile from the game world will transform into a frown as you curse the creators in your favorite string of curse words. The last stage is the worst for this, but the entire game really suffers the same fate. The world of Asterix and Obelix will keep you playing through the end, but just be warned it will potentially cost more than most other games of this kind.