Launched in Europe in 1992, Noah’s Ark was one of many only a few religion-themed video games to formally hit the Nintendo Leisure System. Taking part in as Noah, you journey the world gathering animals on your ark in locations like historical Rome, Egypt and China. It was a reasonably simple 8-bit platformer with one pretty essential (and annoying) twist: water mechanically rises as you traverse the degrees, and the upper the water degree will get, the more durable the sport is.
It’s positively a relic of its time, with its robust Mega Man and Ghosts ‘n Goblins vibes. But if you reside in America you probably never played it, thanks to Nintendo of America’s then ban on in-game spiritual references. Nintendo wasn’t fairly as restrictive in Europe although, and writer Konami had success getting the sport launched in that market with the ‘Original Nintendo Seal of Quality’.
The good news is that if you’ve ever harboured a need to play Noah’s Ark, it’s on Steam proper now. It appears like a reasonably simple port with no bells and whistles: it vigilantly maintains its outdated 4:3 facet ratio, and there’s not a lot proof of some other enhancements or adjustments, save the field artwork now adorning the edges of the 4:3 gameplay window.
It’s most likely not an entire lot of enjoyable, however it’s an fascinating time capsule, being one of many solely spiritual video games launched commercially for the NES. Nintendo of America’s insurance policies had been so restrictive that it inadvertently spawned an underground marketplace for unlicensed spiritual video games, most notably these developed by Knowledge Tree of Tremendous 3D Noah’s Ark fame. Coincidentally, the 2015 PC reissue of that recreation is revealed by Piko Interactive, the identical writer who brings us Noah’s Ark in 2021.