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[[Image:Adventures of Bayou Billy, The - NES - USA.jpg|thumb|256x256px|North American box art.]]
 
[[Image:Adventures of Bayou Billy, The - NES - USA.jpg|thumb|256x256px|North American box art.]]
  
'''''The Adventures of Bayou Billy''''' is a multi-genre action game developed and published by [[Konami]] for the [[NES]] on 1988-08-12. The game uses three different game play system, beat-em-up, driving, and light gun shooting. In the game, Billy's girlfriend Annabelle has been kidnapped by a man named Gordon, so Billy must journey from his home in the Bayou to the city plantation of Gordon to rescue her.
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'''''The Adventures of Bayou Billy''''' is a [[multi-genre video games|multi-genre]] action game developed and published by [[Konami]] for the [[NES]] on 1988-08-12. The game uses three different game play systems: [[beat 'em up]], [[driving video game|driving]], and [[rail shooter|light gun shooting]]. In the game, Billy's girlfriend Annabelle has been kidnapped by a man named Gordon, so Billy must journey from his home in the Bayou to the city plantation of Gordon to rescue her.
  
I first played ''The Adventures of Bayou Billy'' around 1990 at my friend's house. At the time, I thought the game was pretty cool, but as my tastes in gaming have matured, I've come to loathe it. However, the original Japanese version isn't quite as bad.
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I first played ''The Adventures of Bayou Billy'' around 1990 at my friend's house. At the time, I thought the game was pretty cool, but as my tastes in gaming have matured, I've come to loathe it. However, the original Japanese version is a bit better.
  
 
==Status==
 
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==Review==
 
==Review==
* '''Overall:''' 3/10
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{{Video Game Review|3|3|4|6|3|38%|Famicom}}
* '''Best Version:''' Famicom
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{{Spoilers}}
  
 
===Good===
 
===Good===
 
* The cut-scenes are drawn quite nicely.
 
* The cut-scenes are drawn quite nicely.
 
* The intro and ending songs are both pretty good, and the rest of the music is adequate.
 
* The intro and ending songs are both pretty good, and the rest of the music is adequate.
* The game makes uses of some pretty impressive technical tricks. The warped fade in title screen is really impressive for the NES. The large scrolling text during the intro, and the voice saying "The Adventures of Bayou Billy" is surprisingly clear.
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* The game makes use of some pretty impressive technical tricks. The warped fade in title screen is really impressive for the NES. The large scrolling text during the intro, and the voice saying "The Adventures of Bayou Billy" is surprisingly clear.
 
* The background art in the city scenes are pretty good.
 
* The background art in the city scenes are pretty good.
  
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Adventures of Bayou Billy, The - NES - Japan.jpg|The Japanese box has Billy standing in a bayou flanked by an image of Gordo holding a knife to Annabelle. The art is decent, but it looks unfinished in the background. The lettering is good, but the green layout looks off.
 
Adventures of Bayou Billy, The - NES - Japan.jpg|The Japanese box has Billy standing in a bayou flanked by an image of Gordo holding a knife to Annabelle. The art is decent, but it looks unfinished in the background. The lettering is good, but the green layout looks off.
Adventures of Bayou Billy, The - NES - USA.jpg|The American and European box uses the gray Konami layout with different artwork. Billy is more rag-tag and Annabelle is more sleazy, but, overall, it's better art. The logo is really good.
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Adventures of Bayou Billy, The - NES - USA.jpg|The American and European box uses the gray Konami layout with different artwork by [[Tom duBois]]. Billy is more rag-tag and Annabelle is more sleazy, but, overall, it's better art. The logo is really good.
 
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===Video===
 
===Video===
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* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKiKOIUlJN8 youtube.com/watch?v=kKiKOIUlJN8] - Commercial.
 
* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUZcbojyLBs youtube.com/watch?v=CUZcbojyLBs] - American version longplay.
 
* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUZcbojyLBs youtube.com/watch?v=CUZcbojyLBs] - American version longplay.
 
* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MQyFNGrs5w youtube.com/watch?v=3MQyFNGrs5w] - Japanese version longplay.
 
* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MQyFNGrs5w youtube.com/watch?v=3MQyFNGrs5w] - Japanese version longplay.
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{{Link|MobyGames|https://www.mobygames.com/game/adventures-of-bayou-billy}}
 
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{{Link|Wikipedia|https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Adventures_of_Bayou_Billy}}
 
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{{Link|StrategyWiki|https://strategywiki.org/wiki/The_Adventures_of_Bayou_Billy}}
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{{Link|TCRF|https://tcrf.net/The_Adventures_of_Bayou_Billy}}
 
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Revision as of 14:08, 16 September 2019

North American box art.

The Adventures of Bayou Billy is a multi-genre action game developed and published by Konami for the NES on 1988-08-12. The game uses three different game play systems: beat 'em up, driving, and light gun shooting. In the game, Billy's girlfriend Annabelle has been kidnapped by a man named Gordon, so Billy must journey from his home in the Bayou to the city plantation of Gordon to rescue her.

I first played The Adventures of Bayou Billy around 1990 at my friend's house. At the time, I thought the game was pretty cool, but as my tastes in gaming have matured, I've come to loathe it. However, the original Japanese version is a bit better.

Status

I own this game, but I have not beaten it, and have no intention of trying.

Review

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3 3 4 6 3 38%

Best Version: Famicom

— This section contains spoilers! —

Good

  • The cut-scenes are drawn quite nicely.
  • The intro and ending songs are both pretty good, and the rest of the music is adequate.
  • The game makes use of some pretty impressive technical tricks. The warped fade in title screen is really impressive for the NES. The large scrolling text during the intro, and the voice saying "The Adventures of Bayou Billy" is surprisingly clear.
  • The background art in the city scenes are pretty good.

Bad

  • There are a lot of problems with the sprites in the game. The animation is very poor, and, without a flicker system in place, they frequently fail to draw properly.
  • The backgrounds in the bayou areas are poorly drawn. I think they look better in the original Japanese art.
  • The driving sections are uninspired and too repetitive.

Ugly

  • The American game is far too hard. Getting good at it requires you to find and exploit problems in the AI in the beat-em-up stage, and have extremely fast reflexes in the driving and shooting stages. Strangely, the Japanese release was noticeably easier.
  • The player control in the beat-em-up sections is terrible. The player doesn't respond well, enemies don't react to being punched or kicked properly, etc.
  • Like most multi-genre games, this one is pretty awful. Not enough work was put into each section so they're all pretty bad resulting in an inferior game. The beat-em-up section is worse than other beat-em-ups, and the driving section is worse than other driving games. The shooting section is actually superior to most shooting games, but that's not saying much.

Media

Box Art

Documentation

Maps

Video

Titles

Language Native Transliteration Translation
English The Adventures of Bayou Billy
Japanese マッド・シティ Maddo Shiti Mad City

Links

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