No, not the adorable Sasquatch that nobody can seem to photograph. Bigfoot is a muddy trek through some of the worst racing controls on the NES.
You steer a monster truck through top-down overhead and side-scrolling courses. The top-down courses are silly, but at least they work. You collect items throughout the course. Money allows you to upgrade your beast, nitrous gives you that extra push, a saw blade stops your opponent. Get money, don’t die, and cross the finish line. At best, your monster truck controls like a hyperactive five-year-old, but in light of all the muddiness, that seems about right.
Then come the side-scrolling races. Rather than pressing ‘A’ to accelerate, Bigfoot demands that you jam the D-pad left and right, back-and-forth, as quickly as you can. Can an NES D-pad hold up to such torture? The controller has one of the stiffest D-pads in existence, but even if it didn’t, the game just isn’t responsive to your inputs. Even if you upgrade your engine, tires, gearbox, and shocks to maximum strength, you’ll be hard-pressed to win.
As if that wasn’t challenging enough, Bigfoot also asks you to shift with ‘A’ while you’re going buck on the D-pad. No one should have to endure such abuse.
PUBLISHER: Acclaim DEVELOPER: Beam Software GENRE: Racing
RELEASE DATE: 08/1990 – (US), 01/24/91 – (EU)