Everybody raised in the 1980s must (by law) have warm fuzzy positive memories about The Goonies, a classic film about a group of children who go on a real life pirate treasure hunt in the various caves and traps beneath their damp hometown. There were a handful of games based on the film back in the days of the MSX and Nintendo Entertainment System, and luckily for us Hardcore Gaming 101 has taken a look back at the collection.
Like many older action-adventure titles, The Goonies 2 is a bit obtuse when it comes to figuring out what to do next. Thankfully, you're given a map on the status screen, but it's awfully vague. Additionally, the Warp Zones tend to bounce you all over both maps, so it's hard to keep track of where you are. However, you can find transceiver which will help pinpoint the location of certain hostages. Much like the other Goonies games, you begin in the restaurant from the movie and move your way into the basement, but you later explore caves, put on some diving equipment to explore an underwater area, and fight Eskimos in an arctic cavern. While the variety of terrain is nice, if nonsensical, it feels even further removed from the Goonies movie.
As a kid I never had The Goonies 2 game, but I had neighbor that did. I borrowed it, wondering why a) I'd never played the first Goonies game (answer: it wasn't released in the USA for home consoles) and b) why I'd never seen the actual Goonies 2 film (answer: they never made one). The game was so incredibly baffling that I never made any real progress. I spent most of my time in the game switching from the "Front" part of the map to the "Back" part and back again in a lost daze, occasionally stopping to punch the old man in the tunnels just to see him say "Ouch! What do you do?" It was all worth it one evening, however, when I came across the legendary Konami Man in one of the tunnels. His words of wisdom to all us neighborhood kids gathered in the room in front of the TV? "It's fun to play The Goonies 2!". If you say so, Konami Man.