Whomp 'Em

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Whomp 'Em
Saiyūki World 2: Tenjōkai no Majin
Whomp 'Em Coverart.png
North American cover art
Designer(s)Jirocho Nobu
Composer(s)Tsukasa Tawada
Platform(s)Nintendo Entertainment System
  • JP: December 7, 1990
  • NA: March 1991

Whomp 'Em, the North American version of the Japanese game Saiyūki World 2: Tenjōkai no Majin (西遊記ワールド2 天上界の魔神, lit. "Saiyūki World 2: Evil Spirit of Heaven") (1990), is a platform video game released on the NES in March 1991.[1]


The player can navigate to the top of this tower-like cliff using one of the totems.

Whomp 'Em is an action platformer, akin to many games at the time. It bares some similarities to the Mega Man and Mario series.[2]

After completing the first stage, the player can play the other six in any order. Each of the stages revolve around elements, such as fire and water. After each stage, the player gains a new weapon, much like in the original Mega Man series, which was extremely popular at the time. Both Whomp 'Em and the prior Saiyūki World (which was an adaptation of Wonder Boy in Monster Land) are based on the Journey to the West novel.

The title, "Whomp 'Em" is a pun, based on wampum, white beads used by Native American tribes primarily for trading.[citation needed]


The game was released in Japan for the Famicom on December 7, 1990.[3] The North American version of the game removed references to Journey to the West, by editing the game's sprite and graphics. The protagonist in the original was Sun Wukong, but is now a Native American, and the setting was changed to the Old West.[2]


Review scores
AllGame3.5/5 stars[4]
Famitsu23 / 40[5]

The North American video gaming magazine Nintendo Power gave Whomp 'Em an overall rating of 3.1 out of 5 in its May 1991 review.[6] Allgame editor Brett Alan Weiss praised the game, describing it as "a solid platform game with crisp, clear graphics, peppy music, excellent controls, and a heroic character".[4]


  1. ^ http://www.sydlexia.com/whompem.htm
  2. ^ a b "Hidden Gems: The Rest of the NES". 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2018-08-18.
  3. ^ "西遊記ワールドII 〜天上界の魔神〜 [ファミコン] / ファミ通.com". www.famitsu.com. Retrieved 2018-08-18.
  4. ^ a b Weiss, Brett Alan. "Whomp 'Em - Review". AllGame. All Media Network. Archived from the original on November 16, 2014. Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  5. ^ Famitsu staff (December 21, 1990). "クロスレビュー" [Cross Review]. Famicom Tsūshin (in Japanese). ASCII (117): 30.
  6. ^ Nintendo staff (May 1991). "Now Playing". Nintendo Power. Nintendo of America (24): 93. ISSN 1041-9551. OCLC 760783416.

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