I’m playing Gargoyle’s Quest for the Gameboy at the moment and man is it challenging and fun. But challenging nontheless!
I wanted to note something about the cover art:
Just look at his stupid grin and thick eyebrows. Granted, I would be scared of any monster that looked like this one in real life, but as a drawing that’s meant to draw a gamer audience towards it, in some ways like poop draws forth flies, it fails in my opinion.
You might think I’m too harsh against the cover art but the truth is that I compare Firebrand (yes that’s his main name outside of Japan where his name is Red Arremer) on this boxart to what he should look like:
This is the awesome boxart for the second installment in the series: Gargoyle’s Quest II (also starring Firebrand on the cover). He’s supposed to be red. And frightening.
And here’s some more “substance” to my opinion from http://www.capcom-unity.com:
At most he’s yellow-ish, or maybe orange/gold or something in that line, but mostly centred around the color red. Not green.
And in the Gameboy game his sprite is even gray which would’ve been even more terrifying a color than green and Firebrand doesn’t even look as goofy as his cover art does in that game. I can’t see the thick eyebrows, huge staring eyes and the goofy smile on this sprite. I mean, just look how badass he looks in SNK VS. Capcom: Chaos! Man is he cool! And scary. Really scary.
They didn’t have a reason to make him green, as it wasn’t his debut game (but maybe tried to make him look like less of a demon to not scare off kids), since he was already red in the first Ghost N’ Goblins game (which I reeeeally dislike by the way!).
And here’s another badass picture in which this Firebrand looks like it could kick that Firebrands’ ass. I’m very sorry but I don’t remember where I got this picture from.
And last but not least an advert from http://www.gameboyee.orconhosting.net.nz which manages to look even more badass than the game cover which it presents in the same advert: