Released In: 1991
You are The Master, a benevolent deity who presides over the world. Unfortunately, the world has fallen on tough times. Monster lairs have sprung up all over the land, and the people look to you for help and guidance. As the one true god, your mission is clear: banish the evil monsters for your world and help the people rebuild their world. ActRaiser is one part SimCity, one part hack n' slash, and five kinds of fun. Also, the music kicks ass.
Syd Lexia: This was the second SNES game I ever played and it remains of one my favorites. I was never able to beat Professional Mode, but I came pretty close. Maybe it's time to give it another try.
I do have one gripe, but it's about the game's publisher and not the game itself. Enix published some of my favorite Super Nintendo games, but they didn't bother to bring one of the best games they made themselves to America: Dragon Quest V. Shame on you, Enix. And yes, I know the game would have been called Dragon Warrior V over here.
Valdronius: ActRaiser was really two games in one; It was part platformer and part city-building. While I don't feel that either part was exceptional in and of itself, combining the two made for an interesting gaming experience. Each area of the world involved a level of platform play to clear the area of enough monsters so that people could live there, followed by a city sim where you had to protect the people from evil flying monsters while you guide them to the monster lairs in order to seal them off. Once that's done, you have to go through another platform level to defeat the head monster of the area, so that the village can fully thrive. I really enjoyed the concept that your life in the platformer sections was dependant on your global population.
Murdar Machene: This game really "raises" an "act".
Douche McCallister: Enix’s top game ranks in at #13. If they had brought over the Dragon Warrior series they definitely would have gotten higher, but nay, they said, screw America. So instead here's ActRaiser, as seen on Nick Arcade. The Wizard's Challenge today is 1500 points in Fillmore, Act 1... whoa, where did that come from? Anyway, take one part sim, one part sidescroller, and you get one helluva game.