There is no doubt that the Nintendo Entertainment System was a runaway success for Nintendo. It still influences gaming, even today, almost 30 years after it died off commercially. Take today’s game, Solomon’s Key 2 Fire ‘n Ice, a title that is a NES original by Tecmo (who were better known at this time for their football games). Now, thanks to homebrew developer known as hukka, Solomon’s Key 2 has been ported to the Commodore Amiga platform.
For those not familiar with Solomon’s Key 2, you are tasked with using ice magic in a 2D side scrolling action puzzle world. Your goal is to put our fires in the levels so that you can advance. Sounds simple and it hearkens on the nostalgia strings if you have played much Lode Runner in your day.
What hukka has done is recreate the NES game using off the shelf software such as Notepad++, Windows 7 and a Lenovo T400 laptop. The game code is apparently 463 KB compiled down to a hair over 100 KB program file.
Just like the Nintendo NES based Tecmo original, there is a level editor in the Commodore Amiga version. There are a few things missing though so don’t think this is the perfect port of this little known sequel. The Castle levels that featured lava floors, scrolling and moving enemies are not in this port. There are other minor omissions in the animation and sound areas but that is to be expected. These fan ports are usually not perfect but still find a way to possess the charm of the source material.
The full story from the Nintendo Entertainment System version’s manual is available in the scrolling text when you start Solomon’s Key 2 Fire ‘n Ice. This port features both keyboard and controller support.