November 01, 1991 at 05:00 AM EST
We gave it an A-

How can Capcom keep coming up with new atrocities to perpetrate on poor little Mega Man? In this latest installment, Mega Man: Dr. Wily’s Revenge, (the first for the Game Boy), the spunky superhero gets slashed by sentient buzz saws, impaled on plunging icicles, and pushed off ledges by evil, grinning beach balls. (Fortunately, the violence is more implied than real; whenever Mega Man buys it, he explodes in a nebulous poof.) What makes this game especially attractive to adults is that you can begin your quest on any one of four stages, thus avoiding that linear, start-over-again-from-scratch quality that only 12-year-olds find hypnotic. A-

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