Spy Hunter for the SMS. Kinda fun, in a bizarre sort of way. I stink at it,
though, so my review will end prematurely.
Start out with a motorcycle, upgrade to a car, and then to a flying car and the game turn into a shooter more like PowerStrike than anything else, but with bombs too. This game would have been great had the music not been so terribly grating on my ears.
A last-generation game for the SMS. Good graphics, but not a whole lot there to really
keep you glued. The plot is corny (save the ozone layer?!?) and there isn't much variety. Play
R-Type instead and thank me for saving you the time. It is extremely rare, though.
A good translation of the pulse-pounding arcade classic. Easy until level
12, at which point you need to start paying attention. To avoid the missiles
after level 11, fly level until the missile is just about to hit you, and
then quickly move up or down. If anybody can beat the final flying fortress
on level 18, congrats, you are a bigger man than me. For an arcade-perfect
experience, go for the Saturn version.
Afterburner is the reason I bought an SMS, and the port of the game that sealed me into gaming forever. Compared to other 8-bit games of this kind, it is certainly excellent. I was personally always a little disappointed with the conversion, specifically that there was no AFTERBURNER in the game, meaning that you didn't have the throttle control of the arcade version.
The third in the series. Solve puzzles in the castle and then go to the
to play Sega games. Sega never lacked self-promotion, that is for sure. The
itself is pretty good, and I passed the quiz without cheating, so it made me
feel like a real Sega fanatic.
The first and best of the Alex Kidd games. This game is dead-on, and smokes
Mario. Lots of areas to explore, and all sorts of cool gadgets to use while
there. Don't miss this one.
I'd compare this with Super Mario Brothers. I remember having a difficult time finishing this game but it was incredible and full of surprises. Very innovative and fun at that time and still is to this day. Definitely one of the classics in my book.
Yep, you guessed it: Alex Kidd meets Shinobi. The graphics are typical Alex
Kidd, and the music is EXACTLY the same as Shinobi. It is a neat premise,
works well. This is the game that is so rare that I had begun to think that
never really existed, and the Internet community was playing some sick joke
me by saying it did. Oh well, if you get the chance to snag a copy, do it.
I don't know what Sega was thinking with this one. Yuck. The graphics are
but the game is so sickeningly cute that it is virtually intolerable to
There is voice, though.
Yuck. Yuck. And yuck. The ALFster makes a video game appearance, although
the term "game" is pretty charitable considering how awful it is. Can you
collision detection? The street levels give the illusion of depth-of-field,
however the sprite collision detection does not. Hmmm. Kinda rare, and
worth playing just to laugh at.
This game is cool. Top down shooting at its best. Suspenseful and violent,
blowing away aliens has never been so much fun. It is missing the smooth scrolling
of the arcade version, but you don't miss it. Now if Sega had only made ALF
one of the aliens you could blow up.
This is probably one of the few games in which the 8-bit famicom (NES) was the superior version since it was more faithful to the arcade in overall gameplay and graphics. I believe it even incorporated a two player [simultaneous] mode unlike the Sega version.
Alien Syndrome is a very intense game, with unique level designs and enemies and great boss fights. It pretty well plays like Ikari Warriors, but it's in enclosed areas, very unique and well done game. The NES game actually mirrors the arcade's level design and enemy closer than this SMS version does. For one reason or another the SMS version of Alien Syndrome (1987) has the levels split up into different screens that switch in the same way Zelda did on the NES, but the colors, sprite sizes and music are superior in this version. The NES version (1989) has all of the level at once, with smooth scrolling between areas, the same enemies that the arcade game has, and 2-player simulataneous gameplay to the SMS versions take turns 2-player gameplay..
I had this one - screenshots look great, but it's very choppy (a really
low frame-rate), and the monsters just break up into their individual
sprites when you destroy them, which I thought was lame.
Bad side scroller. A joke of a game that was released around the same time as it's big brother on Genesis, which makes it look all the worse. Would've been better if it played faster, as the graphics are actually pretty decent.
The animation of the main character in this game is a little bit choppy, but the scrolling, sprite size, number of sprites and colors in this game are actually quite good. The gameplay is fairly well replicated from the arcade version, with the most notable exception being the Bear level, and that the game is slightly slower than the arcade version. Since it came out a year before the Genesis version did in the US, I found it a must have.
Endless vertical space shooter. Fight bosses with diabolical names. The
are good, especially for a first generation game. One of my favorite
for the SMS, highly recommended.
This is a bad game. There, I said it. Poor top-down action in which you can'
move diagonally, but you wish you could. I played this for about 7 seconds
so, before I got the urge to throw it out the window at the neighbor's dog.
not rare, it's not good, so it's only for collectors going for completeness.
An awesome first-gen side-scrolling beat-em-up. Exploding the post-apocolyptic
forces of evil with your bare hands never felt so good. There are cool mini-bosses
in the in middle of the rounds (like those absolutely dastardly fat guys with
the swords and stars on level 4) and cool Street Fighter-esque boss fights.
I rule at this game, and my supremacy has never been challenged.
Very fun and memorable. Perhaps comparable to Nintendo's Spartan X (Kung fu) game but this one was much better in terms of graphics and gameplay. It was relatively long and challenging.
This is an excellent side scrolling beat-em up in the same vein as Kung Fu on the NES. It's actually Fist of the North Star in Japan. The levels have an impressive number of sprites, parallax and colors on screen. Each level has several unique mid bosses and the end boss switches to a view where your characters are almost a quarter of the screen in size, and you actually have to quage your attacks and defensive moves to win. Very very good game.
Top-down vertical shooter on two planes. This is the one 3D game I do not
The should've done After Burner 3D or something like that instead. This game
a spiritual ancestor on the Virtual Boy called Vertical Force. But it is a
game, automatically making it worth having.
Vertical shooter much like 1942 only better. Lots of power-ups to be had and
some huge bosses. Notable for being one of the few third party games. I
finished this game back in 1989 or so. I can't remember if that is special
It's boxing, and it's not good. I prefer Rocky, as it feels more solid,
that means. This game is exceptional only for it's absurd rarity, which I
attribute to lack of sales because of it's lackluster gameplay.
The popular Epyx mult-event game makes it's way to the SMS. A solid version
good graphics, nothing else worth mentioning. If you like cheesy '80's
this is your game.
Even after reading the instructions, I still can't figure out why your
is running around trying to spell his name. I was never big on the whole
thing, so this game suffers in my eyes even more. In a nutshell, bland
You can play poker with fake money, which is cool, until you win a lot and
to shake the cash out of you SMS so you can make your mortgage payment. And
last time I was at a casino, I don't recall ever hitting big on the pinball
D r. Luveno
Surprisingly good side scroller. Conveys the cartoon atmosphere in which the
game is based on. Fun, but it didn't keep my attention past the first level
the sound is incredibly annoying. Play with the volume down. Better yet,
the Genesis version. I kinda wish some of these last gen games never came
This game was already old when it was released on the SMS. It is fun, if
not a little hard, especially for players that like to go in with guns-a-blazing
(like me). I can remember the almost impossible to execute level select, but
I don 't remember exactly how to do it. Does this game have an ending?
It's difficult to describe this game to somebody who hasn't played it. You fly a helicopter over hostile terrain to the left or right on the screen, and have to land to let hostages board your helicopter. All the while targets in the foreground and background are firing on you. I'd say this is definitely one of the best games the system has to offer.
More proof after Fantasy Zone that Sega Enterprises has employees with
drug habits. I can't think of any other game that bowls of rice are enemies
need to be shot from the sky. Because they are flying, and you know bowls of
rice do that, especially the evil kind. Premise aside, it is OK, with big
graphics which make the game harder than it should be.
Sega's answer to Tetris. The thing about Columns is that you can play a
game for an infinate length of time, or at least until you get sick of it
turn it off.
I finished this game, too, back in 1989. I remember being really impressed
the graphics. And they still hold up. Kinda reminds me of Technocop on the
Genesis, except much better.
Think of this as Gangster Alley for people who don't own light phasers. Or a
cross between Dick Tracy and Dynamite Duke. Either way, it stinks.
Think of this as Dead Angle with the Dynamite Duke part taken out. I don't
it, it's no good, and that's probably why it is as rare as it is.
One of the games that let you rub it into the NES lover crowd. Two player
simultaneous action, and the levels actually are patterned after the arcade
game. I actually beat it once without losing a single guy.
A port of one of the most popular arcade games at that time. Better graphics than the Nintendo version with two player simultaneously which made it more faithful to the arcade. It lacked the extras of battle mode the NES version though.
This is a 2-player simultaneous version of the famous arcade game. Overall this is the most accurate translation, but many people like the Nes version's changes. Personally, I couldn't get into Double Dragon the same way without a friend fighting along with me.
A non-translation of the oft-forgetten arcade game of the same name. SMS
Enduro Racer eschews the behind-the-bike view for an admittedly cool ¾ perspective.
Unusually good graphics for an early game and a level select cheat for the
lesser gamers make this a worthy title.
Enduro Racer could be compared crudly to Excite Bike on the NES, except that it's 3/4 overhead view, involves racing for speed to earn powerups, and aside from them both having jumps is nothing like Excite Bike. Enduro Racer is a very good racer for the 8-bit days, and gets extremely fast when your bike is fully customized, you'll literally fly over parts of the levels you formerly had to weave through. Excellent game.
Blecch. I surely hope the 8-bit era isn't remembered only for the
of crappy side-scrollers that were released. Too many enemies make forward
progress nearly impossible in this lackluster translation of a lackluster
game. Pass on it.
The much-maligned SMS flight sim. It actually is impressive if you consider
the scope of what the game is trying to accomplish. Most gamers don't have
the patience, though, including me.
One of the first flight simulators in consoles. I enjoyed this game a lot.
One of the classic SMS titles. Great action, great graphics, and great fun.
game was designed by demented people on controlled substances. Just get it.
challenging, but it can be beat much easier if you stock up on heavy bombs.
The sequel. Bigger and better graphics this time around compromise gameplay,
as you often end up running out of space to dodge the enemy. Not as fun as
the original, but quite the collectors item.
Great shooter with great gameplay and music. Highly recommended.
Pac-Man on the SMS. Single-handedly shows that Sega knows how to abuse their
mascots better than anybody else in the biz. No thanks, I'll pass.
Everybody else says this game is better than After Burner. Bah! It is too
and choppy to be any fun, but it does come in a cool silver box, so it looks
good on the shelf.
Get two phasers, and sit down and blow away the original gangsters. Shoot
your hat on the game over screen to have another chance if you die (and you
One of the most hilarious gun games I've ever played and seen. A must have if you ever owned the light phaser.
This is a surprisingly catchy game. Kill Dracula before he steals your
jewels (no kidding). Sounds like enough motivation for me. Catching an arrow
the head is always good for a laugh, but I imagine it kind of hurts.
Buy ghostbusting gear and have at it. Prepare to play the first part of the
for about 22 million times before you figure out how to get your guys past
bouncing marshmallow man. Then be prepared to play another 22 million times
figure out how to beat Gozer. I'm exagerating, but it does have it's
moments. More fun if you are old enough to remember the movie and seeing Ray
Parker Jr. on MTV every two minutes.
A very good version of the game, has every element (scalled down) from the
arcade version, I think. Just as hard, too!
Watered-down port of the Genesis game. Still one of the best last-gen SMS
games, graphically and otherwise. Kinda hard to find, too.
This game would be OK if humans had three hands. I guess Sega was trying to
games for the cheapskates who bought the base SMS without the light phaser
this game sorely needs it. It's common and not much fun. Pass.
Good graphics, but Sega reached beyond their grasp with this one. If you've
ever played the arcade or Genesis versions, this game just won't do it for
you. Way too choppy, and you are stuck with the lame barbarian. Everyone knows
the dwarf and Amazon are better, but you have to do without here.
Golden Axe came out after the Genesis version in the States, which kind of gives it an impossible standard to live up to. I liked this game because I thought the art style more closely mirrored the arcade game in some ways, over the Genesis version, and because parts of the levels that were not in the Genesis game are in this version. Other than that, Golden Axe has choppy animation, decent music, good colors, and no slow down, and even though you have to use the Barbarian, you can choose between which magic type you use.
Sega shamelessly copies Zelda. At least they did a good job. Less cutesy and
more stylish than the game it imitates. Great action/role-playing
is also pretty rare, so seize the opportunity to get a copy if it arises.
A cool action RPG that doesn't copy Zelda. Awesome graphics and neat gameplay
variation. Highly recommended.
Golvellius is one of those games that I hated, but got so wrapped up in that I actually beat it. It's actually a very well made game, with side scrolling aspects and overhead gameplay that kind of reminds me of Zelda 2, but you have to fight in the overhead scenes too. Golvellius is definitely its own game, and I probably would have liked it much better if the music had been as easy on my ears as Zelda's was.
Sega's first-gen foray into baseball. It's good, but calling it "great" is
a bit of a stretch. But it's baseball, so enjoy. Not nearly as good as the
stellar Reggie Jackson Baseball.
Great Baseball is a very playable baseball game that I played tons of hours on back in the day. If you're looking for the SMS's good sports title, this is one of them.
Pew. This stinks. The ball is bigger than the players. The voice in this
so horrible, it's hysterical. If you absolutely need basketball on your SMS,
for the import Basketball Nightmare.
Not as good as Walter Payton or Joe Montana. Spend a lot of time wondering
you called the play you intended too.
The lone golf game in the US. Very average for a golf game, and horrible if
hate golf games.
Requires the Sports Pad. Would be good if your players moved fifty times
Too slow to be fun. It's shame, too, because with proper use of the Sports
it could've be excellent.
Nothing deep about this one. If you like soccer, you'll cry over how badly
misrepresented in this game. If you don't like soccer, you'll simply pass an
never play it.
Volleyball games don't make good video games. This one is no exception.
A 2-player Volleyball game with six sprites per team on screen at once, with no flickering or slowdown, and quick and smooth scrolling to go along with that. For those that don't know, as far as 8-bit Volleyball games go, this is pretty significant. To accompany the good graphics that show off the SMS's strength in processing muscle, the gameplay is pretty well done as well. The two rows of three sprites for each team control very much like a foosball table until the ball gets near them, then you take over control of the player nearest to the ball.
A good translation of the arcade classic. Endless motorcycle racing action.
If you can get in the zone, you can blow many hours on this one for a Zen-like
I have to admit, that aside from the ultra smooth scrolling of this game, I never did really like Hang On. It actually is an excellent racer, with great graphics, unique gameplay, and so much more going for it.
Better than Great Football, but that isn't saying much. Stick with Walter
Football and thank me later.
A neat side scroller that is typical of the heavily Japanese influenced games
that pervaded the SMS. Good graphics and challenging gameplay make this one
I would compare Kenseiden to the first Castlevania more than anything else. This is a very well done game, with actually all of the same gameplay elements of the first Castlevania, except that you're a samurai and fight the demons, skeletons and flying heads with a sword instead of a whip. Kenseiden is a good but very difficult action platformer.
I played this game for about five minutes before I got bored and nearly died
from it. If you like graphic adventures, you'll get enjoyment from this. Comes
from Parker Bros., so it's one of the harder-to-find titles.
I played the heck out of the PC version of this game when I was stranded at a relative's as a kid. The SMS game is identical as far as I can tell, but since I got stuck in the PC version while trying to navigate a stairway to the clouds with the quirky controls, I never saw the whole game.
Kind of like Kenseiden with more cartoony graphics. I enjoyed this game more
than I should have, as I really can't think of anything outstanding about
Worthy of your time because I said so.
Take Golvellius and make it a pure side scroller and this what you get. I
Sega missed the mark on what they were trying to accomplish, though. Maybe I
should spend some more time with it and my opinion will change.
The title says it all. Every system gets a game like this. Nice graphics,
phaser games rule.
There's not really a whole lot to say about this one, it's better than Safari Hunt, and presents a nice challenge along with nice graphics and the same music as Safari hunt.
SWEET!!! Think Gauntlet with one player, in the future, and in mind-blowing
3D. Some criticize this game for playing too slow, but that is plain nuts.
Aside from the excellent 3D effect, the graphics themselves are very, very
good and colorful. When on the highest level of any stage, jump and dig on
the 3D effect. Head gets big, head gets small, head gets big, head gets small.
Maze Hunter 3D presents one of the better uses of the 3D glasses in an overhead view game. Great music, challenge and effects make this game a must have for anyone lucky enough to have the awesome Sega Scope glasses.
Good SMS effort, but yet another Genesis port that really shouldn't have
done. I'll skip all of the jokes about Jacko and the kiddies, so consider
yourself lucky. Don't get me wrong, it is a good game, but I have a hard
getting into the post-Genesis era of SMS games.
Despite contrary belief, one does not need the map to beat this game. What
one requires is a great deal of patience. Typical RPG fare, nice graphics
help things along considerably. If you've played this game on Massage, you
will realize that it would've been awesome if the US SMS had the MIDI chip
I don't know why but this game rarely gets the recognition I think it deserves. Came out almost the same time as Phantasy Star and was perhaps quickly overshadowed. I was really immersed in this world. Nice plot with loads of riddles and some of the most memorable tunes to this day.
Miracle Warriors is a very good RPG with a very different approach to the graphical representation of the world map. It's not for everybody, but what non-standard RPG is?
Light phaser == cool. 3D glasses == really cool. This game uses both. Guess
what? It's awesome. Expect to duck ICBM's as they go whipping right for your
forehead. I find it a bit hard, and have never finished it, but right after
Space Harrier 3D, this one makes it's way into my SMS cart slot whenever I
break out ye ole 3D glasses. Intense, intense, intense.
Let me put it this way, I walked into a store that had an SMS and a NES playable on two seperate screens. The NES had something or other, Mario, Rad Mobile, whatever, I'd seen most of it at friend's houses, and the Master System had this game, with 3D glasses hooked up to the system. The 3D effect created by this game is flat out stunning, and the reason I walked out with an SMS that day, though I actually never did buy the glasses during the system's lifetime.
I won't bother explaining the game, because if you don't know, you've been
of the loop just a bit too long. Competent compared to other video
of the board game (animations, etc.) It's OK when you want to play and you
no friends around. However, I detest all video versions of Monopoly, because
computers players are either morons or they won't deal with you, period. And
can't cheat, either.
Bland platform game, but a good port of it at least. I don't understand why
games are ported to newer systems with no updates. It doesn't make sense.
This game is stoopid. Think Vigilante, except absolutely no fun whatsoever.
This is another quirky little game, much like Kenseiden in terms of appeal.
Top-down action kind of like Rambo (which in turn was like Ikari Warriors).
Some people swear by it, I still like Rambo better.
Almost unlike any other game at that time.
I love Out Run in the arcade. I love having the arcade-perfect port on my
Saturn. And I loved the SMS version for many years. Sure, the graphics aren'
t the best, but there are serviceable, and the flavor of the arcade is kept
intact with the tracks being the same and all. And Splash Wave is the best,
don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
Outrun is somewhat of a mixed bag. The animated sprite changes that simulate scaling is fairly smooth, but the road animation is nowhere near as smooth as Hang On's, and there is flicker at points as well, though it's not anything that happens even replicatibly. This game would compare most to Rad Mobile on the NES, and it's difficult to say which is better, even though Rad Mobile is a rip off of Outrun. Outrun has more colorful graphics, has way better music, and the notoriety of being the copied, rather than the copy.
Out Run in 3D. Like Space Harrier 3D, it is more than a remake - new
new music, etc. Unfortunately they butchered the controls. It just feels
An awesome collectible, though. Good luck getting a copy!
This game isn't fun as you don't get properly rewarded for chucking papers
the non-subscribers like I think you should. Not to mention the game gets
exceptionally cheap in how it kills you at times. And then the music, egad.
This is better than I thought it would be. Darts is the best of the bunch,
the billiards table has is immune to the laws of physics thus making the
level a little on the low side, charitably speaking.
Fun little puzzler. The object is to get your egg to the bottom on the
without breaking it. I think the penguin should've waited until he got to
bottom and THEN layed the egg, but that's just me.
The pentultimate RPG of the 8 and 16 bit era. Smart, stylish, classy, and
immersive. Some newcomers to the SMS might not "get it" but us old-timers
will always remember. Every generation of hardware has one truly special game,
and for the 8-bitters, this is it.
Phantasy Star is the first console RPG in the US, and also happens to be one of the best of all time.
Awesome graphics and 3D effects diluted by questionable play mechanics
If this was a phaser game it would've ruled. As it is, you have to control a
crosshair with the control pad and shoot everything. Don't get me wrong, it
still is a very good game, and it's 3D. But it hurts to think what could've
Vertical shooter. Known as Aleste in Japan. Also known as not any fun in
my book. I'll take Bomber Raid any day of the week over this.
Super-deformed characters duke it out in the squared circle. Actually quite
fun if you can play with a friend. For you wrestling freaks out there (you
know who you are), there are no 'official' characters so you'll be disappointed.
But get over it and go grapple in the Mexican League!
Tired gameplay even by 8-bit standards. Entire formula was kick opponent
until they are stunned then perform grapple at your leisure. NES Pro
Wrestling ruled all of 8-Bit wrestling to a frightening degree.
Pro Wrestling should be compared directly to Pro Wrestling on the NES. The NES version is just a better game all around, with much easier control, and generally speaking much more entertaining.
I think this is supposed to be Sega's answer to Super Mario 3. It's a pretty
good game with some interesting bonus games to play. Worth a look.
Port of the arcade game of the same name. Two players can go and shoot stuff
and get keys to progress to the next level. It's more fun than it sounds,
but fans of the arcade version will appreciate this one the most.
Ah at last, the game that I got first for my shiney new SMS. Quartet is an excellent game that can't be compared to anything. Collect Keys, energy, and jet packs over five levels with unique enemy swarms and boss fights. It's two player simultaneous, and difficult enough that I have never known anybody who could play it all the way to the end with me. Much to my dismay, as I've always wanted to know if the 2-player ending had two huge sprites walking across the screen, since the 1-player ending has one.
This is Ikari Warriors. Puts the NES to shame. Some people knock this game,
don't understand why. The graphics are good, the action is good, the game.
good. Even more fun with two players.
This is Operation Wolf. Puts the NES to shame. I like phaser games, and this
doesn't disappoint. Get it.
Puts the NES to shame (see a trend here?). One of my favorites. Grab a friend
and have at it. The graphics are absolutely great, and the fun really can't
be topped. Beat the snot out of each other if you get bored eating people.
Rampage man, be a giant beasty, climb buldings and smash them till they collapse, all the while eating women and toilets. This version is the best home version of the day as well.
You are Conan, except they call you Rastan. Fun sword-swinging action. I
like this game, it's atmospheric. Way better than it's sequel on Genesis.
I'm not certain if Rastan pioneered a genre, but I can't think of an earlier game that cuts loose the ole' barbarian sword hacking platformer genre like this one does. This game is most similar to Legendary Axe on the TG16, which came out years later obviously. Great game with great level designs, wall jumps, upward and downward attacks, and upgradable weapons.
Racing with RC cars. Fast-paced and fun, you don't get time to ever set the
controller down. The parts shop guy is the guy who wrote the game. I know
because he told me. Recommended.
My favorite baseball game of all time. Great graphics and a blast to play. I
still get a kick out of watching the ball scale in and out on pop flies.
Probably the only baseball game where to Milwaukee Brewers are any good.
Innovative phaser game in which you have to protect a medic on a mine cart
assault by the bad guys. This game is enhanced by it's excellent graphics
twist on the phaser genre. My highest recommendation.
Better than Buster Douglas, that is for sure. You can't beat Drago unless
get a 7 on the punching bag, which I have NEVER been able to do, but my
did once. Only three boxers to fight, then it is over. The graphics are
and beating the heck out of Apollo Creed and Mr. T, err I mean Clubber Lang
fun, so it isn't all bad.
Pretty cool, very nice graphics, slows down but this is to be expected of
a shooter. A good version of the game.
Another "Eat your heart out, Nintendo" type of game. Awesome side-scrolling shooter. Very faithful the arcade, this game has excellent graphics, sound, and gameplay. I can't beat it without cheating, but some people claim to be able too.
R-type is the shooter that got me into shooters. Great music, great graphics, huge bosses, great level designs, bad flicker and slowdown at points. R-type is really second to none.
Very basic, but I used to play this the most on my SMS.
Mah-jong. Bor-ing. If you want something more intellectual and less action
oriented, play Columns or Casino games. This is not fun.
Be the ninja. I do like the power bar system better than the one-hit-and-you-are-dead
system of the arcade. The cool bonus stages are here intact. There is fun
to be had here, get this game.
I was somewhat dissapointed in the conversion of Shinobi to the SMS. Especially now that I know how Shadow Dancer turned out in Europe, this game just could have been much better. Only one music track for every level, and without the Japanese SMS's synth chip that one song doesn't even sound all that great, no parallax and even some extreme slowdown in the last level really kinda dragged this one down in my eyes. Nevertheless it's still Shinobi, and still extremely unique, and well done for a game from 1987.
Pretty self-explainatory. A fun phaser game that has noticably very good
graphics. Some stages get real hard real fast, though.
One of the blue-labeled US games. It's hockey. Nothing outstanding. I wish
would've copied Ice Hockey from the NES instead of doing this.
Yep, the blue rodent made an appearance on the SMS here in the US. Think the
Genesis version with worse graphics and sound. These Genesis ports are
hard to play after seeing them on Genesis. I know that isn't fair, but it is
Impressive port of the arcade game. This game still holds up well against
time. I won't go into details, but it a forward scrolling shooter will stunning
art design and pacing. Get it.
When I bought a Master System and this game I was in the rare position of having not seen any other version of it prior to this. Space Harrier for SMS is a very well made game, the ground is somewhat smooth, or very smooth scrolling if you compare it to other SMS games, there are lots of sprites that have pretty good scaling animation, I always loved the music of this game, and the levels where a ceiling comes down and creates an enclosed level with scrolling ceiling and floors are just amazing to see in action. I'd say that this is a better conversion than After Burner was, simply because all of the gameplay is intact, and nothing is missing from the levels.
Not only did Sega take Space Harrier and put it in 3D, they made a wholly
new game of it instead of taking the easy road and just copying the original.
The 3D effect is EXCELLENT. Get this game, as it is one of the few where everything
just comes together.
If there was ever an item to own an SMS for, Space Harrier 3D should be it. Even without 3D this game sports upgraded graphics, better animation, better scrolling, and better sound. It even attempts to simulate the arcade's technique of making it look like you're getting higher off the ground, so that you're not limited to just one screen to scroll around on like you were in the first Space Harrier on Master System. Then there's the 3D. 3D glasses make this game a freaking technical marvel. The far background looks like your TV screen is ten feet deep, your character looks like he's where the screen should be, and everything in between, including the scrolling ground looks like it's in between. Amazing technique, way before its time, and an amazing game as well.
Ever play Mystic Defender on the Genesis? This is it's predecessor. A
side-scroller with RPG overtones and cool manga cut scenes. A worthy
I got this game and put in my SMS just to make sure it worked. And that is
It's Great Football that requires the Sports Pad. Actually more fun to play
without the Pad, as you can move very, very quickly, albeit only in
I tried to play this but I didn't understand what I was doing. Supposedly
good with two players. Draw your own conclusions.
Basically you find weapons and booby trap rooms in anticipation of the
other player coming through. A little planning will let you set up some
nasty combinations. Boring without someone else to torture thoguh. Think
Deception without the story or the clever level design.
Yet another Genesis port. Small characters, bland action. Would've been
in my eyes had it been a first-gen game.
Still another Genesis port, and a bad one at that. Driving with no sense of
speed, zero-handling, and totally crappy graphics. For collectors only.
Turn down the music. Then be prepared to play a boring game. Too
but it comes on a card!
Really two games in one: forward scrolling like Afterburner and top-down
shooting like Astro Warrior. The graphics are pretty good. I wish Thunderblade
would get a modern update.
I actually bought the Genesis version before this one because I thought that version would be better. However, the Genesis game has buildings that scroll to the screen very choppy, but also actually scroll back and forth between sprites at time, making it just look broken. I think this version of Thunder Blade is better, just because it pushes the hardware more than the Genesis version does. Fight as a Helicopter in overhead view levels where helicopters and jets attack you in the air, while tanks that you can bomb fire on you from below, and fight in simulated 3D with buildings on either side of you, tanks below and helicopters and jets above. Great boss fights as well.
Another great isometric overhead view shooter in the vein of Ikari Warriors. Travel through time
destroying dinosaurs, nazis and more. Time Soldiers sports great graphics and fast gameplay, a must
have for any shootem up fan.
Adventure Island brought home with some massive graphical overhauls to create Wonderboy. Great
graphics, difficult to master gameplay that lets you coast to a stop when you need to stop on a dime.
The music is what really killed this one for me, gads that repetative string still gets caught in my
head to this day.
The original overhead shooter with 3D gameplay redone from a behind the
ship view, with 3D glasses to complete the effect. Very nice game, if not
for novelty purposes alone. I haven't played the original extensively, so
I can't comment if anything was lost in the transition to full 3D.
Definitely one of the classics. Very original with unforgettable
Zillion is flat out one of the best games ever made for any system to this day. Take Elevator Action or Metroid as an example of what type of gameplay you've got. Zillion is really a series of corridors and rooms. In the corridors is usually tons of enemies to destroy, and in the rooms are more of them, and a computer, several canisters that you have to destroy to get the passcode for that room out of, and a locked or hidden door. Shoot the canisters and look inside to find a letter in the alien language, memorize which letters are hidden in the canisters (not in any particular order) and go to the computer and enter them in.
You're given a limited number of ID cards to feed into the computer, so making mistakes when entering these passcodes is not advised, as the computer will eat your card and you can end your game prematurely. The computers are also useful for turning off electrical or sensor barriers, turning off motorized walkways or laser cannons and more. You'll also dramatically upgrade your weapon into a fireball launching cannon and your jumping ability and running ability along the way.
Zillion is a great highly detailed game for its time that could have used a full fledged sequel in the same style, with more intricate graphical details and possibly some rooms that offer traditional platforming, and more boss fights. Though, that last boss fight is nothing short of epic.
Less of a sequel to the first game, and more of another game based on the action anime, Zillion
2 offers a unique twist on shooters and action/platformers. Zillion 2 can be split into two modes,
shooter levels that start with you on a motorcycle, and end with you transformed into a flying mech of
some sort, and platforming levels that play most like Castlevania in that there are walking enemies and
flying bobbing enemies to avoid or kill. Each of the platforming levels ends in a unique boss fight.
The graphics in this game are top notch, the gameplay is clean and allows full control, and the music
and sound are also quite smooth. Very good game that got passed on by a lot of people for not being
a sequel in spirit to Zillion 1. This was one of the earliest game I can remember liking, even though
when I bought it I was hoping for more of the first game, not a completely different game.