Ardy Lightfoot (Super NES, 1994)

Ardy Lightfoot is a side-scrolling platform game that was released by Titus in the U.S. on the Super Nintendo in 1994. In many respects, it is like any other platform game of the time though it is a solid one. It received mostly positive reviews and graphics and sound were top notch.

In Ardy Lightfoot you control a fox. He also has a companion called Pec. I'm not really sure what kind of creature Pec is supposed to be...he's just sort of a blue blob. However, Pec can transform into various helpful things and can also be used as a weapon.

The story line involves a "sacred rainbow" that has been shattered into seven crystal pieces. You, as Ardy, must retrieve them all. Whoever gets all seven receives a wish and there is an evil King that has already found one of them. You will have to fight off his followers in order to retrieve the others and ultimately face King Visconti for the last piece.

There were some changes made between the Japanese release and the North American release. A bunch of sprites and animations were removed and it was censored to some degree. However, these changes don't significantly impact the game.

If you are a fan of platform games, then this is one you probably want to try. There is a caveat though. Despite the cartoony graphics, this really isn't a game designed for kids. This is mainly because of the difficulty. There are seven huge levels and they aren't easy. This game is only for patient players that are up for a challenge. Younger kids, in most cases, would probably only be frustrated.

If you do want to give it a try, you'll have to track down an original cartridge or make do with emulation. To the best of my knowledge, this game has never been re-released in any other form.

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