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Alien Brigade – By Atari

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 Haunting Starring Polterguy, The – By Electronic Arts

You are one rebellious teenager who just enjoys skateboarding no matter what. Unfortunately, your love for skateboards ends up costing you your life since the board you got from Vito Sardini’s company was defective and caused a deadly accident. Ah, but that rebellious spirit of yours doesn’t come to an end so easily. You have now come back as a ghost, as a Polterguy, and terrorize the Sardini family so you can have your revenge! As Polterguy you will chase the Sardini family into four different homes and you will do whatever it takes to scare them until they run away. In these homes you can possess many objects to create terror-inducing effects for Vito and his family. In order to possess and control objects, though, you must have ectoplasm. If you run out, you will be taken to the Underworld so you can collect falling ectoplasm. Unfortunately, the Underworld is not very friendly as zombie arms, bats, and other creatures try to harm Polterguy and stop him from collecting the ectoplasm. The Haunting is a surprisingly fun game for the Genesis/MD, probably because you get to play a “bad guy” that scares off a family. Chasing each of the characters out of the house is quite amusing, particularly when you see their different reactions to what is happening. Your “possession” of objects also provides for situations that are funny, gory, gruesome, or just plain absurd. Objects will have “Fright’ems,” or glowing stars that let you know what object you can possess. Gameplay in the houses is enjoyable but the Underworld part gets repetitive. It is also the only part of the game where Polterguy can be hurt and where the game may end. If you want to enjoy a comedy/horror game, look no further!

Review by TrekMD

8/10

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 Hellfire - By Seismic

Our galaxy has been at peace for the past 1000 years but now, in the year 2998, the Black Nebula has begun a fierce attack. The Galactic Federation no longer has any military technology and the only possible source of weaponry has been captured by the Super Mech inside the Black Nebula. When all seems lost, Captain Lancer of the aircraft carrier Sylphide, devices a plan to break through the Black Nebula’s defenses. Lancer will use the CNCS1 fighter and its powerful HELLFIRE weapon to defeat the enemy and recapture the Federation’s power unit. The CNCS1 comes equipped with guns that can fire forward, backward, up, down, and diagonally. You must use these weapons strategically if you are to succeed. As you attack the enemy, be sure to pick up power-ups to gain even more firepower such as missiles, twin and triple lasers, and super twin and triple lasers. Hellfire is a horizontal scrolling shooter that has everyone you may want in this type of game: quick action, great control, plenty of enemies, tons of power-ups, and stages with plenty of variety. The game graphics look cool, even they are not very sophisticated. The CNCS1 itself looks excellent with its rotating weapons and the colour-coding of the weapons fire is helpful to know how your guns will shoot. Pink fires horizontally forward, yellow fires backward, green shoots up and down simultaneously, and blue fires horizontally in four directions at once. The HELLFIRE blast destroys everything in sight but you have to collect energy capsules to be able to use it. The game also does well in the music and sound effects department. Overall this is an excellent title and one I highly recommend.

Review by TrekMD

9/10

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 Home Alone – By Sega

“I can’t help but feel that we forgot something.” Yep, you forgot Kevin, your eight-year-old son! In 1990, Home Alone was a big hit comedy for the Christmas season and one that found itself adapted as a video game for various systems, including the Sega’s 16-bit console. As in the movie, Kevin must deal with the Wet Bandits but, unlike the movie, he has to protect various homes from his neighbourhood. These are five different houses that Kevin can visit by using his motorized sled. Kevin must set traps and build weapons, just like he did in the movie, to scare off the Bandits before they flood the homes. You do this by inflicting pain on the Bandits until they just give up and leave whatever house they are in. Of course, you must avoid getting captured by the Bandits, though they only hang you on the wall so they can use the time to steal from the houses. You can easily escape, though, and keep bugging them until they relent. Home Alone is a game that has a bad reputation because there are many poor versions for various systems. The Genesis/MD version, however, is quite fun. You do have to learn how to move about to get the homes in time to stop the Bandits but once you figure that out, it is fun to mess up with the Bandits. The game has nice graphics with well animated characters and the Bandits themselves look and act great. There is certainly plenty of Christmas in the game as the homes are decorated and there are Christmas trees all over the neighbourhood. Game sounds and music are really good as well. Overall, the game captures the spirit of the movie well and is definitely worth checking out.

Review by TrekMD

8/10

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 Home Alone 2 – By Sega

After the success of Home Alone, it’s no surprise that a sequel was released two years later. This time, Kevin was not left behind at the house. Instead, he found himself in New York while his family was in Florida and guess who was also in New York? Yep, the Wet Bandits. Of course, the story was adapted to games and the Genesis/MD was not left out. In this game, things are different than on the original title. Here we have a side scrolling platformer that find Kevin in different parts of New York where he must deal with many “enemies” that are out to get him. Kevin has weapons (things he can throw) at any of the humans who are out to get him but he can also make new weapons witth parts that he finds throughout. As if that weren’t enough, the Bandits also make an appearance and they will do their best to grab Kevin and shake him to death. Unfortunately, the Bandits are not really that threatening and you can dispatch them even with the standard weapons at your disposal. The special weapons only make it easier to get rid of the Bandits. You can, of course, also set traps for the Bandits (it wouldn’t be a Home Alone game if you couldn’t!), including one to electrocute them! While Home Alone 2 does capture the essence of the movie, the game itself isn’t as fun. The graphics are a bit generic and the sound and music are not as good as on the original game. The action also isn’t quite as enjoyable.

Review by TrekMD

5/10

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  James Pond II: Condename Robocod- By Electronic Arts

In this sequel to the original James Pond, we see events take place shortly after the end of that game and the defeat of Dr. Maybe. Except it seems Dr. Maybe has survived and has taken refuge in none other than Santa Claus’s toy factory in the North Pole! Dr. Maybe has trapped Santa’s helpers and has twisted them for his own evil purposes. They now are his assistants and they are planting bombs disguised as penguins throughout the factories. They will detonate in 48 hours if you don’t put an end to Dr. Maybe’s plans. To assist you in your mission, you are outfitted with a special Robosuit that gives you special powers. Because of this suit you are referred to as Robocod! With the suite you can stretch yourself and smash meanies. Robocod must move through different sections of the factory (areas with sports items, stuffed toys, candies, mechanical toys, bathtub toys, board games, etc.) to complete his mission and rescue Santa and his helpers. James Pond II happens to be quite the fun game. Despite the Christmas theme, it can be played anytime as the music in it, while festive, is not true Christmas music. The graphics are brightly coloured and the characters are all well defined and animated. You can play the game linearly or you can try to find some of the special passages that let you move ahead. There are various bonus items to be found and some even give you the ability to fly, which is helpful. In case you are wondering, yes there are bosses that you’ll have to defeat as well. Don’t assume that the big teddy bear is going to be friendly!

Review by TrekMD

8/10

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  Jungle Strike - By Electronic Arts

When you successfully completed your Desert Strike missions, you caused the death of General Kilbaba, the enemy of peace. Unfortunately, peace is yet to arrive since Kilbaba has a son, a son who is hellbent on getting revenge for his father’s death. But this young Kilbaba finds himself exiled as the people of his country purged anyone supporting Kilbaba in the past. Despite his exile, Kilbaba was able to get his father’s nuclear weapons so he only needs an interested party. Enter notorious South American Drug Lord Carlos Ortega who has become frustrated with the US efforts to stop his drug trafficking. These two decided to join forces and it is up to you and your Comanche attack helicopter to stop them. Jungle Strike is a direct sequel of Desert Strike but moves the setting to the jungles of South America and even to Washington DC. As in the original, you have campaigns that you must complete if you are to succeed in your mission. This time there are eight campaigns and you’ll need your helicopter as well as other vehicles to complete them. In addition to your Comanche, you’ll have access to a hovercraft, a stealth fighter, and a motorcycle. These are used in specific scenarios and add variety to the game. While keeping the same gameplay as Desert Strike, Jungle Strike feels a bit long and tedious to play. That doesn’t mean it is a bad game, just not one that will appeal to everyone. If you are a fan of Desert Strike and would like a more expanded version of the game, this sequel will do the trick for you.

Review by TrekMD

8/10

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  Jurassic Park - By Sega

Welcome, to Jurassic Park! When I first heard that line in the movie of the same title, I have to admit that I felt very much like the character of Alan Grant at the sight of what looked like a real, living apatosaurus. So, I had really high expectations from a game based on this excellent movie. Things start off just fine as a T. Rex screams the word “Sega!” at the boot screen and then you are taken to the menu screen where you have the choice of playing as either Dr. Alan Grant or a velociraptor. As Dr. Grant your goal is to reach the Visitor’s Center to save the tourists while avoiding the many dinosaurs and dangers along the way. You’re equipped with tranquillizer darts, a stun gun, and concussion grenades. As the Raptor, your goal is to fight for food with other dinos and foil the attacks from humans, to reach the Visitor’s Center, reach the dock, and get on a boat to escape the island. Though the game is a tie-in to the movie, it takes certain elements from the novel such as the use of Procompsognathus and the Jungle River. The game has nicely detailed graphics and lush backgrounds but the animation can be a little choppy. The game itself is cool as you travel through different areas of the island facing the different dinosaurs but it suffers from control issues. This is true whether you play as Grant or the Raptor. The music on the game isn’t based on the movie’s score and is fair, at best. Overall, this version of the game is just OK given its faults.

Review by TrekMD

6/10

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  King of the Monsters 2 - By Takara

Alien Super Monsters have invaded the planet! Three monster warriors must fight these alien creatures to retain control of the planet. Super Geon, Atomic Guy, and Cyber Woo will not let these invaders take control. Earth is theirs and no alien and no humans will take it away. They will stomp cities and destroy anything and everything in their path while handling the alien invaders. But these aliens are more powerful than anything the trio had faced before. These aliens have Flaming Breath, Aerial Spins, and Radioactive Blasts. Only skilled fighting will help the monsters of Earth survive. The fights will take place in seven different parts of the world: an American City, a French City, the Grand Canyon, a Desert, the Sea Bed, a Volcano, and a Hideout. King of the Monsters 2 is a fighting game in a style similar to Mortal Kombat except here the fighters are monsters. With nine monsters in total, there’s plenty of these weird creatures to choose from. The graphics look very good and the monsters have lots of detail. Some of these creatures are very, very weird to look at with multiple heads, eyeballs everywhere, etc. You have the ability to punch, kick, and jump as well as special moves and attacks. You can choose to play against the computer or against a friend, with the latter being more fun. The game does have some cool musical tracks that work well and the sound effects are also done well. This game is certainly a fun monster-fest, though it is not a spectacular title.

Review by TrekMD

7/10

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  Klax - By Tengen

Klax began as a computer game in 1989 which was created using AmigaBASIC by Dave Akers. Atari released the game to the arcades in 1990 and soon released home versions of the game, including a version for the Genesis/MD. The goal of the game is to set up three or more coloured tiles in diagonal, vertical, or horizontal rows so they disappear from the playing field. The tiles fall from conveyer with five rows and you control a paddle at the bottom of this conveyer that you use to organize the tiles in the bin below. The paddle can hold up to five different tiles, which is an important strategic aspect of the game . A total of 10 different coloured tiles appear and there’s even a wild tile that will work as any colour. Failing to catch any of the incoming tiles means the tile will fall to its “death” and you’ll get a hit in your drop metre. You only have a set number of “deaths” allowed before the game is over. The tiles fall in various waves and each wave has a set goal. Combining three tiles is called a KLAX, so the goal is presented as the number of KLAXs, the number of points, or the number of tiles you must get per wave. For example, you may be given a goal of getting five diagonal KLAXs in a Diagonal Wave. In addition to the standard three-tile KLAXs, you can create KLAXs with more tiles for bonus points. You are allowed to start the game at different skill levels, which give you bonus points if successfully completed. The graphics looks really good and the sound effects are excellent. Of course, it is the gameplay what traps you. Klax is a must have title for the Genesis/MD!

Review by TrekMD

9/10

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