Box art for the Japanese version
El Viento (エル・ヴィエント? Eru Viento, from Spanish meaning "The Wind") is a platform game developed and published by Wolf Team for the Sega Genesis game console in 1991. It is the second in a trilogy of games, which includes Earnest Evans and Anett Futatabi.
The game shares the same fictional universe with Earnest Evans, and happens several years later. It also features many references to H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos. The game take place in the New York City during the late 1920s, when cult leader Henry, the gangster Al Capone (Vincente DeMarcoto in the American localization), and a sorceress named Restiana plot to awaken the ancient and malevolent god Hastur. There are some people that have descended from Hastur's ancient bloodline, one of which is the young Peruvian sorceress, Annet Myer. With some assistance from Earnest Evans, Annet attempts to stop the cult from resurrecting Hastur using the very spells of this bloodline.
El Viento was given mixed but mostly positive reviews, including being rated 93% by Joystick in France, and 66% by Super Play and 68% by Video Games in Germany. Damain Butt from Sega Pro gave it a score 89%: "With super fast graphics and brutal gameplay, El Viento will take your breath away." On the other hand, Entertainment Weekly gave it only a D-, opining that "only the game's amusing historical anachronisms-like denim-clad blond bikers wielding scimitars-save it from rating as a total failure."
Retrospectively, Rodger Swan from Sega-15 gave this "great and challenging action game" an 8 out of 10 in spite of being at times "Far" too difficult, stating: "It may not have as pretty graphics or music as the Valis titles, but it has some really fast game play that gets players in the mood for action. This is a game that I encourage all action fans to pick up, and fans of Valis will appreciate the sense of speed!" According to Kurt Katala of Hardcore Gaming 101, "overall, it's a bit of a sloppy game, with haphazard action and iffy level design, but the fast pace and overall craziness make this worth looking into, especially since it's one of Wolf Team's better titles."
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