Mega Drive O-R

Alien Brigade – By Atari

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  Oh Mummy- By 1985 Alternativo

Oh Mummy was first released as a computer game for the Amstrad CPC home computers by Gem Sotware. In the game the player has to unveil the treasures that are hidden in the levels while avoiding the various mummies that protect these. The playing field is covered with “boxes” that the player must walk around (your footsteps are left behind as you walk) in order to open these. While all the boxes may be opened, your goal is to find the key and a tombstone in order to complete the level. Of course, when you open a box you may also find scrolls, mummies, a tomb, or nothing. Scrolls are helpful as they let you destroy one of the mummies in the level; however, finding a mummy can be a headache as that mummy will follow the player into the next level. As you’d expect with this type of game, as you advance through the levels, things get faster and more difficult. The Genesis/MD version of Oh Mummy, which was released in 2012 in cart form and is now available as a free download, can be considered an unofficial update of the original CPC game (though the original game is also included). This updated version adds more sophisticated graphics, replaces the boxes with sarcophagi, includes new level designs, and adds better sound effects and music. That’s not enough? Well, how about the story mode that is also included and the addition of bosses that you have to fight before moving into the next level? Scrolls now also can freeze you in place or reverse your controls. Oh Mummy is a superb puzzle game with addicting gameplay that you’re sure to enjoy on your Genesis/MD. Since you can get it for free now, there’s no reason not to try out out.

Review by TrekMD

9/10

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  Out Run - By Sega

Out Run was released to the arcades by Sega in 1986 and it became a hit in no time. The game even won the Golden Joystick Award for Game of the Year. The game is a third-person racing game where the player drives a Ferrari Testarossa through various courses while avoiding traffic and trying to get the best time. The game uses a low behind-the-car perspective which was not the norm when it was released. The roads not only have their twists and turns but they also have hills and dips, which add to the challenge. Once the player ends a race, a choice between two different stages (left for “easy” and right for difficult). The latter means that the game is non-linear in nature which adds to the fun. Given the success of the game in the arcades, it is no surprise that Sega would port it to their home consoles but it is the Genesis/MD version that takes the cake. This version is as close to the arcade as possible with superb graphics, sound, music, and control. The sense of speed is well done and the scenery you drive through looks fantastic. There’s plenty of colour, lots of detail, and excellent animation. The music tracks that made the game so fun to play are here on this Genesis/MD version and they sound just as good as in the arcade. At the end of the race, there is an animation of the driver and his friend accepting the trophy, which is pretty cool as you see interaction between the characters. Also, like on the arcade, a “road map” is shown letting you know the tracks you followed. Out Run is another must-have for the Genesis/MD.

Review by TrekMD

9/10

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 Pac-Attack – By Namco

What do you get by mixing Pac-Man and Columns into one game? Pac-Attack, of course! Released in 1993, Pac-Attack combines these two franchises into a rather unique game. The action starts on a board similar to that of Columns where blocks that consist of Ghosts, Gold Bricks, Pac-Man, and a Fairy fall to the bottom of the screen. The goal is to clear the blocks and prevent them from filling the entire board. A line of blocks is cleared only when filled with Gold Bricks. Blocks with Ghosts can only be cleared when Pac-Man appears. Pac-Man will drop and eat any ghosts that appear in the direction he is facing. As ghosts are eaten, a metre for the Fairy starts filling up. Once this metre fills up, a Fairy appears that will clear all ghosts in the eight rows beneath her. This changes the board by clearing any excess ghosts and completing lines that further clear the blocks in the board. The action continues until the board becomes full and pieces can no longer fall. Pac-Attack has three modes of play for the player to choose from: Normal, Puzzle, and Versus. Normal mode is more the classic type of gameplay. In Puzzle mode you are given a limited number of Pac-Men to be used to clear the Ghosts on the screen. Versus mode is perhaps the most fun as you can play against a friend simultaneously. In this mode, the Ghosts will be clones of Blinky and Sue (in the other modes only Blinky clones appear). Pac-Attack (Pac-Panic in Europe) is an excellent puzzle game for the Genesis/MD that any fan of Pac-Man and Columns should have.

Review by TrekMD

9/10

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 Phelios – By Namco

If you are into Greek mythology, Phelios is definitely the game for you. The goddess Artemis has been captured by the best-god Typhon, ruler of darkness, and it is up to yet another god, Apollo, to save her. Apollo will face many dangers in order to reach his beloved but he is ready. Apollo grabs his sword of light, leaps on the winged horse, Pegasus, and sets to the skies to search for Artemis. Apollo must traverse seven different worlds in order to reach Artemis. In each of these worlds, he must face various enemies that will stop at nothing to prevent him from succeeding. Thankfully, the other gods take pity on Apollo and they send him gifts that he can catch and that grant new abilities. These gifts include a second sword, speed ups, sweeping beams of fire, homing beams, and extra lives among others. Phelios is a vertical scrolling shooter that may feel generic to many players. What makes the game cool is all the Greek mythology icons that make an appearance. You will face Medusa, Sirens, Cerberus, and other well known creatures of myth. The game reminds me of Clash of the Titans and I have to wonder if that movie somehow inspired the creation of this game. Control is easy as all the buttons on the controller are used to fire, though holding down any of the buttons will supercharge your weapon and unleash far deadlier bolts of energy. There is no limit to how often this is done, which is helpful particularly when facing bosses. Overall a fun shooter that anyone should enjoy.

Review by TrekMD

7/10

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  Pier Solar and the Great Architects - By Watermelon

Hoston wakes up to find his father ill in bed. Only a special herb that grows deep in the forest nearby can cure him but there are dangers in the forest. Despite being warned, Hoston with his friends Alina and Edessot, head into the forest to find the herb. Reaching a weird garden, the herb is found and the town’s captain reaches them to take the herb to Rudy, Hoston’s father. Rudy gets well in a day but then they discover that Alina has run away. Hoston, Edessot, and Rudy must find her. When they do, the run into a Goaman (a centaur) and an armored warrior named Ironhart. This is when the group learns of Pier Solar and the Architects and this is where the adventure starts. Pier Solar is an extensive RPG game for the Genesis/MD that fans of RPG’s are sure to enjoy. The game allows the player to use a “gather” system in which skills and magic can be shared between characters. This is something that makes the game a bit easier and will be helpful to those not used to this type of game. Pier Solar has some really beautiful graphics and some good music but the latter gets even better if you own a Sega/Mega CD and you have the enhanced soundtrack to play along with your Pier Solar cartridge. The score is just beautiful and there are even some additional sound effects included with the CD. Pier Solar is very well done and an excellent RPG for the Genesis/MD. Fans of the genre should definitely enjoy this game.

Review by TrekMD

9/10

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  Pinocchio - By Disney Interactive

When you wish upon a star... You become Geppetto’s wooden son, Pinocchio and only you can do what it takes to become a real boy. Be sure to choose the path of truth, bravery, and selflessness for your with to become a reality. Disney’s Pinocchio is a game based on the story from their famous 1940's movie in which you must play through events of the movie in order to earn the badges needed to become a flesh and blood boy. The story is divided into nine different levels of the game where you play as either Pinocchio or Jiminy Cricket. Each level has its own set of challenges for the characters to complete. Along the levels you will find various items that you need to pick up to earn lives or skills. These objects include Pinocchio’s Hats, the Blue Fairy’s Wand, Book Pages, and Pinocchio’s School Books. While Pinocchio may start off as your typical platformer, the game is anything but. Each level has different things for you to do (platforming, beat’ em up, memory games, flying using balloons, ride roller coasters, and even navigating in a boat. The game has some really colourful and detailed graphics that look like they were taken straight from the movie. Character animation is very well done as well. The music from the movie is also here and the tunes are played as a theme for each of the levels. Control works like charm and, though the game is relatively short, it does have three skill levels to choose from. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised with Pinocchio!

Review by TrekMD

8/10

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 Psycho Pinball – By Codemasters

Over the years there have been many attempts to bring Pinball to consoles to simulate the thrill of man versus physics and geometry that makes Pinball so much fun and frustrating at the same time. Some of those attempts were dire, but some really managed to pull off the trick, and bring the thrill of the Pinball table to the digital world. Psycho Pinball by Codemasters is one of the examples which gets it right. Pinball comes in many themes and this is echoed in the four themed tables brought to the Mega Drive/Genesis by Codemasters. The titular table, Psycho, is a multi screen funfair themed table with targets which, when hit, will lead you to the other tables each of which can also be played separately. The other 3 tables are Wild West (work it out), Trick or Treat (a Halloween vibe), and Abyss (undersea adventures) which are all single screen tables. Additionally each table offers minigames for hitting target objects in a sequence to unlock them. Now that we know what it's all about, it's time to weigh up the important factors which make or break the game. Starting with the graphics, all the tables are beautifully depicted on screen, although sometimes it feels as if it would be nice to see a little more of the table at one time, but that doesn't stop it from being playable as the screen scrolls up and down smoothly and quickly. The movement of the balls is also smooth and rapid and gives the feel of a real Pinball machine with good real life physics mimicry. The flippers react well to input, although the tilt feature involves using a button and left and right joypad movement which can make things tricky as you also use the left joypad to move the left flipper. Sounds are also well implemented, with fitting background music to accompany each table. To sum it all up, Psycho Pinball delivers a more than passable Pinball experience to your Mega Drive that is fun, fast and furious.

Review by dougtitchmarsh

8/10

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 Pulseman - By Game Freak

In the year 1999 a mathematic biologist called Dr. Shakuei Yoshiyama created a female artificial life form called C-Life inside a computer system. The good doctor fell in love with C-Life and he entered the computer world to be with her. Their love resulted in the birth of a half-human half-C-Life child capable of jumping between both worlds. This child was known as Pulseman. Jump to the year 2015 and an evil scientist called Waruyama is trying to take over the world with his “Galaxy Gang.” Only one can stand against Doc Waruyama’s ambitions, Pulseman! With the assistance of his partner, Beatrice, Pulseman starts his mission to save the world. Pulseman is a unique platformer developed towards the end of the Genesis/MD lifecycle by Game Freak, the same company that went on to make Pokemon, Final Fantasy, and Dragon Quest. The game was originally released only in Japan, though it was available in the US through the Sega Channel. Pulseman has seven stages that take you to different locations in the world such as the Indian Forest, Las Vegas, and the Alaska Range. These stages have graphics that are appropriate to those areas but one of the must fun ones is Techno Park because it plays at Galaxy Gang’s headquarters, which are located in an arcade! Controlling Pulseman is the key to learning this game (and it doesn’t take long to learn), particularly in your handling of the Volteccer. The Volteccer transforms Pulseman into an energy ball that can bounce of walls and travel through electric wires. The graphics and sound in this game are exceptional, which fits with it being a late release. Colour, level design, and character animation are superb and the music is excellent. I highly recommend you get your hands on this one!

Review by TrekMD

10/10

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  QuackShot - By Sega

Donald Duck is my most favourite Disney character, so when I saw QuackShot I knew I had to have it. So, was it worth my money? Let’s find out. The story of the game finds Donald flipping through some old books at Scrooge’s house where he suddenly finds a message from King Garuzia, the old-time ruler of the Great Duck Kingdom. The messages says that the King has hidden a treasure and there is a map to find out. Donald, thinking he can become richer than Uncle Scrooge decides to go after the treasure. Unbeknownst to him, though, Big Bad Pete and his gang have heard Donald and they’ll try to steal the treasure from him. Using a map screen, you choose your destination. Initially you can only select between Duckburg, Mexico, or Transylvania but, as Donald explores more, other areas in the map open up like the Viking ship or South Pole. What keeps things even more interesting is that you may need objects from other areas to complete certain tasks and the game lets you move between areas so you can get what you need. Donald has to face Pete and his gang and for this he has various weapons: yellow, red, or green plungers, a popcorn shooter and a bubblegum shooter. Each of these have different qualities necessary for Donald’s survival. QuackShot has some pretty nice graphics with good character animation and colour. The music is also well done and catchy. Though the game is not difficult to learn and play, it is quite fun. I love it when Donald loses his temper because that means you can use his Quack Attack. How very Donald!

Review by TrekMD

8/10

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 Raiden Trad - By Micronet

It is the year 2090. Aliens are attacking the Earth but he world is presenting a united front and fighting back fiercely. By analysing the wreckage of downed enemy fighters, Earth scientists have been able to reverse engineer the technology in order to create the ultimate weapon against our enemies. This ultimate weapon is the supersonic fighter called Raiden. Not just anyone can pilot this advanced fighting craft but you have the skills needed to command the Raiden and take the fate of the world in your hands. Raiden Trad is another game in the Raiden family and it is an excellent vertical shooter for the Genesis/MD. Controlling the Raiden is smooth and you have very effective weapons to use against your enemies. You have either a narrow laser or a wide shot laser to use but you can also pick up nuclear missiles and homing missiles. There are also bombs, which are quite destructive, that can be picked up. You’ll have to travel through eight different stages that take you over lakes and mountains, ruined cities, the ocean, ancient ruins, an enemy fortress still under construction, a floating continent, the enemy base’s airspace, and the enemy fortress itself. Power ups are available to be picked up that will enhance your firepower to a maximum level. Raiden Trad has some pretty good graphics and decent sound effects but it excels in the music department. The score is fantastic and helps you keep the beat needed to play the game. Continues are available to help you advance further in the game. Overall, Raiden Trad is another excellent title for the Genesis/MD.

Review by TrekMD

9/10

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 Rambo III – By Sega

Colonel Trautman has a new mission in Afghanistan, helping the Mujahedeen freedom fighters against a repressive Russian invasion. He aims to assemble an elite team to accompany him, and John Rambo is top of the list. Found living an idyllic life in a Thai monastery, Rambo declines the advances of Trautman, stating that war has to finish for him sometime. The mission soon turns to disaster as Trautman is captured by the Russians, led by Colonel Zaysen. When military official Griggs informs Rambo of his mentors capture, he has no option but to go in…Alone! The action in Rambo III loosely follows the film plot. It starts with an attempt to infiltrate the Russian fort then on to destroying artillery units and weapon caches before reaching the 6th and final level and rescuing Trautman. Boss battles occur at the end of levels 1, 3, 5 and 6 and take on a different viewpoint. Rambo is equipped with a knife, a machine gun with unlimited ammo, explosive arrows and time bombs. Each of these are particularly useful at various stages. A useful trait when using the machine gun is that, when stood still, Rambo will spray his bullets slightly. Pretty neat. The perspective throughout the game is kind of half way between top down and side on, a bit like Mercs or Ikari Warriors, and manages to fit a lot of action on the screen. The graphics are ok but the fact that the game is set in the sparse landscape of Afghanistan means the developers have had to be a little more imaginative in other areas. One point to note about this game is that’s its hard! Rambo will die with a single hit and there’s plenty to try and dodge. It is fun to keep trying though and enemy positions can be memorised. There is a rewarding longevity in short bursts with Rambo III as it’s a good dose of hectic action. I’d recommend it if you’re a fan of the genre.

Review by JoeMusashi

7/10

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 Revenge of Shinobi, The – By Sega

The Revenge of Shinobi, released as The Super Shinobi in Japan, is the second game in the popular Shinobi series to feature the familiar protagonist, Joe Musashi. The Zeed criminal organisation has reformed what remained after the events of Joe Musashi’s previous efforts in the first Shinobi game. The gang are back, and as the much sinister sounding Neo Zeed. As part of their plot for revenge they have attacked the Oboro Clan, killed Joe’s master and kidnapped his wife, Noako. The aim is simple. Track down the perpetrators, deal out some punishment and rescue your wife. Tackling the Neo Zeed thugs takes Joe through 8 districts, each split into two distinct levels followed by a district guardian. These include such varied settings as a waterfall, a cargo jet and a skyscraper with lasers on it! You are armed with a sword and a limited number of shurikens to begin with but more can be collected throughout (although it is possible to enable infinite shurikens). You also have a choice of 4 types of ninja magic at your disposal, albeit limited to once per level. Right from the very start the gameplay is magnetic and the controls feel fluid and smooth. A great introduction to the game is the double jump which can also be used to sling a fan of shurikens towards the enemy. The graphics are colourful and have plenty of detail in the characters and surroundings. Depending on the game revision the district guardians are portrayed by some familiar faces from popular culture, however, some of these were later edited due to licencing issues. The music is another master class from the incredibly talented Yuzo Koshiro and adds to the legendary status of the game. The Revenge of Shinobi is an absolute joy to play through, even now, and in the opinion if this particular reviewer, this is not only one of the best games on the Mega Drive, it’s probably one of the best games ever released. Get it in your collection, you will not be disappointed.

Review by JoeMusashi

10/10

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  Ristar - By Sega

In a far away galaxy there is a solar system filled with planets rich in life with creatures both mysterious and wonderful. There has been peace for millennia but a space pirate called Greedy is about to change that. Using his evil space army, Greedy has taken control of all but one of the planets in the solar system. He has used his power to brainwash the leaders of every one of the planets to get them to follow his every command. The Planet Flora is the last planet that Greedy has to control. Its legendary hero was no match for Greedy and has fallen but there is hope. The hero’s son, Ristar, decides to step up and do what he can to put an end to Greedy’s plans. Ristar is one of the late titles for the Genesis/MD, something that shows in the quality of the game. This is a platformer but one that does not depend on the typical jump and kick mechanics. No, the hero here uses his stretchy arms to perform a variety of things such as grabbing, throwing, climbing ladders, climbing walls, descending platforms, hanging, swimming, and pulling. It is this game mechanic what sets Ristar apart and what makes the game unique. There are a total of seven levels you must survive, each of these levels offering a variety of environments and a mix of enemies that range from fish and lizards to dive-bombing birds. Each of the level names gives you a sense of what to expect (Scorch has volcanoes, Sonata has musical instruments, Freon is cold, etc.). Ristar has beautiful graphics that bright, colourful, nicely animated, and detailed. The music is quite upbeat and catchy. This is really an excellent title that is easy to recommend!

Review by TrekMD

9/10

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  Robocop vs The Terminator - By Virgin Entertainment

So, Sarah Connor gave birth to John Connor who in the future destroyed the Skynet supercomputer to save mankind, right? Wrong! When worlds collide and the realities of RoboCop and Terminator merge (don’t ask how) there is no Sarah or John Connor to worry about. In this new reality, the government decide to mould the Skynet defence system after RoboCop’s neural net. After all, RoboCop is the only successful link of human mind and machine. In the future, Skynet becomes self-aware and determines humans are the enemy. The human survivors decide to send one of their own, a woman named Flo, to destroy RoboCop and prevent Skynet from ever existing. Skynet sends Terminators to protect RoboCop but the cyborg has his own plans. He will travel to the future and eliminate the threat to humanity! If you are looking for a bloody shooter, look no further than RoboCop vs Terminator (RvT). Whie the gameplay here is pretty straightforward, the combination of these two sci fi franchises results in a game that is absolute fun to play. There are nine different levels you must conquer before the final level where you will face Skynet itself. Each level gives you a simple directive (“Avoid the bullets.” “Free the rebel commandos.”) of what your task will be. Things start of simple in the Trainer Level but quickly advance as you move from the streets of Detroit to the OCP Office Complex and the to the future itself. The graphics are superb with excellent animation and plenty of blood. Various special weapons are available to help you in your mission and, as you’d expect, a series of bosses await you at the end of each level. RvT is excellent fun that should not be missed!

Review by TrekMD

9/10

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