Ardy Lightfoot

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Ardy Lightfoot
Ardy Lightfoot
North American cover art
Developer(s) ASCII Entertainment[1]
Publisher(s) ASCII Entertainment (JP), Titus Software (US)[1]
Director(s) Masami Hashimoto
Producer(s) Takeshi Kaneda
Programmer(s) Takami Inoue
Artist(s) Takashi Tory
Composer(s) Akiko Hashimoto
Katsuhiro Hatano[2]
Platform(s) Super NES
Release date(s)
  • JP November 26, 1993 (1993-11-26)[1]
  • NA February 1994[1]
  • EU October 31, 1994 (1994-10-31)[1]
Genre(s) 2D action platformer
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution 8-megabit cartridge

Ardy Lightfoot (アルディライトフット?)[3] is a platform video game released on the Super Nintendo in 1993 in Japan and 1994 in the west. It was developed by ASCII and published by Titus in North America.

Story and gameplay[edit]

A typical in-game screenshot of Ardy Lightfoot, taken from its first level.

Ardy Lightfoot is an anthropomorphic creature resembling a cat. He is accompanied by his best friend, a blue creature named Pec, who can be used as a weapon, or can take the role of various other helpful devices like a hot air balloon or rock wall destroyer. If Ardy is hit by an enemy, Pec will disappear, and can only be retrieved by finding a chest. If Ardy is without his best friend, he can still attack by bouncing on his tail. He can also protect himself temporarily by hiding behind a clear mirror.

In the story of the game, the sacred rainbow has shattered into seven crystal pieces, and it's up to Ardy to obtain them all. Whoever collects all seven crystal pieces will receive a wish. The evil King Visconti has already gotten one crystal piece, and he is searching for the other pieces. To this end he sends out his followers including Beecroft, Catry and many others. Ardy is assisted by friends along the way, like the unnamed elder, Nina, and a mysterious adventurer named Don Jacoby.

Regional differences[edit]

When Titus published Ardy Lightfoot for North American audiences, several changes were introduced. These included numerous sprites, such as Ardy's "waiting" pose, being removed; tied up and crying animals being removed from the background on the forest level; and in level 6, "Eaten!", Catry's gruesome death by acid was written out of the plot; instead of being reduced to a pile of bones, she is merely knocked unconscious.

The in-game map during nighttime.

Reception[edit]

Electronic Gaming Monthly praised the game for its huge levels, numerous character abilities, and impressive bosses, but warned prospective buyers that a great deal of patience is required due to the game's extremely high difficulty. They scored it a 7.2 out of 10.[4] GamePro gave it a positive review as well, citing the varied gameplay and cartoony and colorful graphics.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Release information". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2010-07-01. 
  2. ^ "Composer information". SNES Music. Retrieved 2012-07-22. 
  3. ^ "Japanese title information". SuperFamicom.org. Retrieved 2012-07-22. 
  4. ^ "Review Crew: Ardy Light Foot". Electronic Gaming Monthly (65) (EGM Media, LLC). December 1994. p. 40. 
  5. ^ "ProReview: Ardy Lightfoot". GamePro (66) (IDG). January 1995. p. 78. 

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