Solomon’s Key is checkmated by Chess Master (commentary)

Solomon’s Key is without question my absolute favorite old school game. I was introduced to Solomon’s Key as an 8-year-old in the late 1980’s, around the same time I began playing chess. I enjoy the game so much that I decided to stream it at while providing commentary. Solomon’s Key is generally recognized as one of the most difficult games ever to appear on the NES. Quite often the game can be found on “Top 10 Hardest NES Games” lists, or at the very least be spoken of by a great many who think it ought to have made the most difficult games list. While this platform puzzle game for the Nintendo Entertainment System is not as well known as others, those who have first hand experience playing it can attest to its great difficulty. My objective during the livestream was to not only beat the game with 1-life, but also to obtain what is considered the highest possible Game Deviation Value (GDV) of an 84. The GDV basically represents how well you have completed the game. Additionally, and aside from a few items in rooms 35 & 48, every single item that benefited the score/# of lives were gathered, all hidden rooms were revealed along with every trick, and the best ending possible was obtained. This was my 1st attempt at my objective which was tried on September 12th, 2015.

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