Gumshoe. Nintendo (1988) Nintendo


Please keep in mind that this game is getting a 20% score boost for being such a novel idea.


Presented to you as a Ransom note when you start the game:

Mr. Stevenson is a detective whoreceives a ransom note from a mafia boss, King Dom. King Dom has kidnapped Stevenson’s daughter, Jennifer. Stevenson must collect five “Black Panther Diamonds” within 24 hours in order to see his daughter again.



The Game

Story established, you now control the game by shooting Stevenson. This makes him jump. It really is weird.

You are automatically running left to right, so your job is to either shoot the obstacles, or shoot Stevenson to get him to jump, and hopefully avoid the obstacles.



Problem is, it doesn’t work very well. Shooting Stevenson is a breeze, the problem is the gun doesn’t seem to work when trying to shoot the obstacles. I know my gun works, as it works perfectly on Duck Hunt and Hogan’s Alley. It makes completing the first level a freaking chore.

You collect ammo buy getting Stevenson to jump into the red balloons, if you miss a target you loose ammo, otherwise you keep bullets that hit the targets. It makes the collecting ammo pretty redundant as it is almost impossible to run out of ammo.


Gumshoe level 2 has you gumshoeing in the sky!


Gumshoe is hard, but that is because it doesn’t really work. One hit and you’re dead. Unless you find the powerup (shoot the birds).

The time limit doesn’t make any sense either, you’re given 6 minutes to complete a level, but you are forced to run. So each level takes 3 minutes tops. It’ll only take 10 seconds longer if you die. Abd since you only have a few lives and no continues, you’ll get game over before you run out of time.


I don’t like it when a game turns out to be a stinker. I don’t search poor games out, and I played this one because I don’t have many Light Gun Games left on my list. It is honestly the worst LG game I have played, I had no fun playing it.

If you can get the gun to work properly, it still isn’t a very good game, Gumshoe is worse than Lethal Enforcers but is marginally more playable than Mad Dog McCree.

The music isn’t bad, but it is a short loop. Rather than playing it, go watch a YouTube video of somebody else playing it.

Pros: novel idea

Cons: it doesn’t work for most people


Back in the day

It was shit in 1987, it is shit now.


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5 comments on “Gumshoe. Nintendo (1988) Nintendo
  1. Beal says:

    “It was shit in 1987. It is shit now”. This made me laugh more than it should have. Great review.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Particlebit says:

    lol I had never heard of this game but when you first mentioned you had to shoot to jump and eliminate obstacles, I could see what was going to happen.

    Liked by 1 person

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