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Alien Brigade – By Atari

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  T2: The Arcade Game - By Acclaim

Terminator 2: Judgment Day was released to movie theatres in 1991 and it was an immediate success. The move inspired the development of various video games, including a shooter arcade game that has events taking place both in Skynet’s 2029 future and “present day” Los Angeles. The player takes the role of a reprogrammed T-800 Terminator who must first assist the resistance infiltrate Skynet’s headquarters and then must save a young John Connor from the T-1000 Terminator in modern LA. The game was adapted to some systems like the SNES and the Genesis/MD and was designed to take advantage of the light guns both systems had. The Genesis/MD version plays with both the Menacer Gun and the joypad, though it is more fun with the Menacer. Upon adapting the game to home systems, the title was altered to just T2: The Arcade Game to avoid confusion with other games based on the movie. The game has pretty much non-stop action as the player shoots endoskeletons with and without flesh (it’s fun seeing the flesh being torn away), flying machines, and other weapons sent by Skynet. Your gun does have limited ammo but finding more is rather easy. Besides the “shock trooper” Terminators you’ll deal with, there are bosses that must be destroyed as well. You’ll be facing a huge tank robot and an aerial hunter. The former takes tons of hits to destroy and the latter is a PITA to deal with because you’re trying to also protect a pick up truck. T2: The Arcade game is a good translation of the arcade original with cool graphics, decent animation, and good sound effects.

Review by TrekMD

7/10

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  Taz-Mania - By Sega

Inspired by the cartoon series Taz-Mania, the folks from Recreational Brainware developed a platformer game for the Sega Genesis/MD. In the game you’ll take control Hugh Tazmanian Devil in his search for the Lost Valley and its Giant Bird. You see, he told the story of the giant seabirds to his three children, Taz, Mollly and Jake. These giant birds can lay eggs that could feed a family of Tazmanian devils for an entire year. Obsessed with the story, Taz sets out to find the giant birds so he can make a huge omelet and eat it. Taz travels through different areas, including a desert, a frozen tundra, and a jungle while avoiding various enemies along the way. Taz can jump on his enemies to defeat them or he can use his spinning tornado to defeat them. For more powerful enemies, eating chilli peppers will grant Taz with the ability to breathe fire or he can eat a star to become temporarily invincible. The spinning tornado is not only effective against enemies but also allows Taz to essentially eat anything he finds along the way - both good and bad! Good stuff to eat includes food, extra lives, or even game continues. Bad stuff to eat includes bombs and week killer. Though Taz could use these against his enemies, they do harm him so it is best to avoid them. Taz-Mania is a somewhat generic platformer for the Genesis/MD. The game graphics and music really do work just like an animated episode, which is cool. The control, though, is not as “tight” as it should be. Despite some weaknesses, the game is fun for what it is.

Review by TrekMD

6/10

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  Thunder Force III - By Sega

The third in the Thunder Force series, is set 100 years after the original Thunder force and immediately after the events in Thunder Force II. The war between the Galaxy Union and the Empre of Lone has been going on for 100 years and the Union isn’t doing so well. The Union’s forces are diminishing under the constant attack of the Empire and, to make matters worse, the Empire has been able to hide its planet from detection by using a Hexa-Cloaking-System on its main base and the five planets of Hydra, Gorgon, Seiren, Haides, and Ellis. The system is also protected by a Remove Intercepting System, the Killparos, capable of neutralizing any capital ships. Only a small vessel can infiltrate the Empire’s defences and this is where the starfighter Fire Leo 3 Styx and you come in. You must pilot the Styx into the five planets to destroy their cloaking devices so you can infiltrate the Empire’s HQ and destroy Cha Os, the ORN emperor itself. Thunder Force III is a side-scrolling shooter on the Genesis/MD that is really fantastic. As you might guess, the five planets represent the five levels you must play through before you enter the final stage to face the emperor. Each of these worlds has names that suggest the type of environment you’ll find: volcanoes, underground, jungle, snow, and underwater. Each stage has unique features to those environments such as air bubbles that push your ship up in the underwater stage. The levels can be played non-linear, so you can select which world you want to tackle next but only when you beat all five do you face the emperor. The game graphics are excellent, the game control is precise, and the music is just superb. Another must-have title!

Review by TrekMD

9/10

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  TMNT: The Hyperstone Heist - By Konami

Here we have the first game based on the TMNT to enter the Genesis/MD library, The Hyperstone Heist. This game is inspired by the Turtle’s second arcade title, Turtles in Time but it is not a direct port of that title. This title has fewer levels that the arcade title, though the levels have been made longer to compensate for this. The story has April O’Neil reporting from Ellis Island when there is a sudden flash of light. Much to her surprise (and that of her audience), Manhattan Island starts shrinking! It is at this point that Shredder takes control of the airwaves to announce to the world that he has obtained a treasure from Dimension X, the Hyperstone. Is the power of the Hyperstone what has allowed Shredder to shrink Manhattan and it is with this power that he will take over the world. Of course, the TMNT will not let Shredder get away with this plan. The Turtles have to survive five different stages in order to reach Shredder: New York City, A Mysterious Ghost Ship, Shredder’s Hideout, The Gauntlet, and The Final Shell Shock. Through these levels the Turtles will fight all sorts of ninjas until they reach the final boss. The bosses are characters from the TV show who work with Shredder such as Rocksteady and Baxter Stockman. Eliminating these guys is not an easy task! Hyperstone can be played by one or two players simultaneously and you’re allowed to choose which Turtle you want to be. The game graphics are good as is the music but the voice samples sound garbled. Nonetheless, this is a fun side-scrolling beat ‘em up that fans of the TMNT will enjoy. Kawabonga!

Review by TrekMD

9/10

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  Toki: Going Ape Spit

Toki is a shoot ‘em up platformer that was first released in 1989 to the arcades. The game has the player control a slow-moving ape through various areas as he searches for an evil wizard who has trapped his love. You see, Toki the ape used to be human until the wizard transformed him into an ape. Toki’s main weapon is the ability to spit energy balls at his enemies. Toki was adapted to various computers and home systems but when the time came to adapt it to the Genesis/MD, Sega made modifications to the game and created a version unique to the system with a slightly different back story. Here a genetic engineer, Dr. Andrew Stark, hs created a castle where he can live with the technology he loves. A young man called Toki was with his girlfriend, Wanda, when the castle comes out of the ground and Stark takes the opportunity to capture Wanda while turning Toki into an ape. Though initially confused, Toki realizes he must save Wanda. To do so he must cross a jungle, cale rocks, climg vines and swim the depth of the sea while avoiding the many creatures that inhabit these places. Toki has to use his spit attacks to defend himself as the touch of any of these creatures is deadly. Never mind the spikes that can be found anywhere in the levels! Toki is a bit of a peculiar platformer but it is quite the fun title to play. The graphics look good, the character animation is nicely done, and the music is cool. Even if you’ve played other versions of Toki, it is worth getting this one as it has additional levels to play through.

Review by TrekMD

8/10

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  Toxic Crusaders - By Sega

Toxic Crusaders was an animated series based on The Toxic Avenger films. In the series, Toxie leads a trio of superheroes in order to combat pollution. This was a theme common during this era with other shows tackling similar themes such as Captain Planet and the Planeteers. Just like this latter show, Toxic Crusaders inspired various video games that used the characters from the show and one version was made for the Genesis/MD. The game can be played by one or two players and offers the choice of three characters: Toxie, Junkyard, and No-Zone. Each of these characters has a different special attack that can be used. The game itself plays as a side-scrolling beat ‘em up where you will find plenty of enemies to deal with, everything with the protection of the environment as the main theme. Unfortunately, because you are dealing with pollution and toxic waste, the various environments in which you play are rather unforgiving and lead to plenty of cheap deaths. This can become frustrating for many players and will detract from the gameplay. Visually the game is very bright! The colour palette used has intense hues that, I’m guessing, are meant to be a take on the cartoon (I never watched the show). There is music that plays in the background that is just OK but the sound effects leave much to be desired. Overall, this game is average in terms of gameplay and overall quality but it is one that fans of the show may enjoy.

Review by TrekMD

5/10

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  Toy Story - By Disney Interactive

In 1995 the folks from Disney and Pixar released a movie about toys that come alive when you humans can see them. Toys that only want to be played with by the children who own them. This movie was Toy Story and it became one of the best animated films ever made. Inspired by the movie, the folks at Disney Interactive created a game that follows the same story. You play the role of Woody through five different levels of play, each level with several stages that must be completed to advance to the next level. Beating each level advances you through the story. You start off in Andy’s Room (which is split into two levels and has a cool part where you race on the RC car), followed by Pizza Planet, Sid’s Room and then Another Road Picture. Each of these levels offer increasing challenge and variety that keep things interesting. It should be noted, however, that this game is quite difficult to master. So, don’t assume that because this is a game “for kids” that it will be an easy one to play. You end up suffering gratuitous hits that cost you health and sometimes you even have to intentionally get hit to pass through certain section. You can pick up Gold Stars for extra health as well as Tin Stars that add up to give you health, lives, or continues. Find a cowboy hat and earn an extra life! The game has nice graphics with good animation and both the music and sound effects are well done. Overall this is a good game but the level of difficulty with turn off some players.

Review by TrekMD

6/10

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 Truxton - By Toplan

Truxton is a vertical scrolling shoot ‘em up originally developed by Toaplan in 1988 and published for the Mega Drive in 1989. It is known as Tatsujin in Japan. The Gidans have attacked a Borogon transport ship, the Belery, leaving the cargo of secret weapons stranded in the far reaches of space. You are ace pilot Tom the Bomb (seriously…) and you have volunteered to take the responsibility of recovering the cargo and defending the planet of Borogo. Using the Super Fighter, which has weapons so powerful the military are afraid of testing them, you fly off in search of the Gidans to teach them that it’s not polite to steal! The visuals are set out as if in a standard rotated arcade setup. This creates a border to the right of play which indicates power levels, lives, score, etc. You start with a feeble 3 way shot and initially it feels like you’re destined to repeatedly move left and right shooting the same old enemies. However, things start to get more interesting as you gradually increase your power level and speed via collectables. The enemies also become a lot more varied with memorable attack patterns enabling you to get that little bit further through the 8 levels at each attempt. The game does present quite a challenge but the three difficulty settings help tailor this. The ship becomes quite nippy when you achieve full speed status and it is tempting to remain at a lower speed for ease of control, however, you get extra points from collectables when at full speed so it’s kind of like risk and reward in that sense. You have the choice in game to use single or rapid fire and a pretty nifty looking limited use smart bomb. Truxton is a cracking game that will keep high score chasers occupied for a while. It’s worth tracking down if you’re a fan of arcade shooters.

Review by JoeMusashi

8/10

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  Uwol: Quest for Money - By The Mojon Twins

Uwol: Quest for Money was first released by the Mojon Twins for the Sinclair Spectrum but the game was soon adapted to other systems, including the Genesis/MegaDrive. The follows the story of Uwol, a fellow who has gathered tons of precious prizes following in the steps of his classic video game heroes. He has a fire that doesn’t burn, a proton piston, three knickers from Gremla, a Sword of Power and other exotic items. Uwol learns that a mysterious and eccentric millionaire, a former thief, is hiding a fortune in gold coins at this old manor, Storm Palace. Uwol decides that he’s going to follow in the steps of Goodie, his idol, and go into Storm Palace to steal the coins. The cellar of Storm Palace is quite deep, however, and full of dangers so it won’t be a piece of cake for Uwol to collect the gold coins. He must collect at least 255 gold coins for his mission to be considered a success. Vampay, Franky, and Wolfy wait for you in each of the manor’s rooms and try to keep you from collecting the coins. If you are not fast enough and the timer reaches zero, Fanty enters the room and he will not stop until he has caught you! The manor rooms are arranged in a pyramid shape and you move through them by standing on arrows at the bottom of each room. If you get to the bottom of the pyramid without collecting all 255 coins, you’ll go back to the top and you’ll need to find a different route so you can collect the remaining coins. Uwol: Quest for Money has bright graphics, nicely animated characters, and a rather catchy tune that plays through. This game may appear simple but don’t underestimate its challenge.

Review by TrekMD

7/10

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 Vectorman – By BlueSky Software

It is the year 2049. Mankind has begun colonizing other planets and has left Earth behind. Behind but not forgotten. In order to clean the polluted mess humans have made of the planet, mechanical orbots have been left behind. The orbots come in all sorts of types and they are controlled through a network by a master orbot called Raster. Unfortunately, a defective orbot finds a nuclear missile and accidentally attaches it to Raster who immediately has a major glitch and become an evil dictator called Warhead. Warhead decides that what needs to be removed from the planet are any humans who decide to return to their home and it starts making preparation to eradicate them. Unknown to Warhead, he does not have control to all orbots. An orbot called Vectorman was in space during the reprogramming and, as he returns to Earth, he discovers nothing but chaos. Vectorman decides order must be restored and starts his mission to stop Warhead. You, of course, control Vectorman on his mission in this fantastic platform shooter. Vectorman has excellent 3D rendered graphics, cool designs, and a titular character that is unique and well designed. As you travel through the various zones, you’ll have to look for secret passages and collect power ups by destroying TV’s found all over. These power ups give Vectorman the temporary ability to transform into other shapes (drill, hand grenade, fish-like robot) or have greater firepower. At the end of each stage, Vectorman must face bosses that can be a pain to deal with. Besides the fun gameplay and great graphics, there’s a really great musical score to complete the package. This game is not to be missed!

Review by TrekMD

9/10

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 Vectorman 2 – By Sega

Some heroes just don’t get a break! Immediately after saving Earth and defeating Warhead, VectorMan is one more on a routine barge excursion. Routine until a mysterious missile hits VectorMan’s ship and critically damages it forcing him to freefall back to Earth. Once on the surface, VectorMan finds himself on the outskirts of what appears to be an abandoned Research Facility. Except, it is not abandoned! Hordes of mutant insects are flourishing in this facility and they appear to be under the control of some unknown intelligence that is using these mutant insects to damage the planet. It falls to VectorMan to save the Earth once more. If you enjoyed the first VectorMan title, you are sure to enjoy this second outing. As in the first game, VectorMan can change shapes but in this game the “morphs” are level specific (except the Tornado morph). The morphs include the following: helicopter, skates, tornado, and tank. In addition to these, he can assimilate characteristics of his enemies if he picks up the assimilation icons released when these are destroyed. This means that VectorMan can use a shield, gain a stinger like a scorpion, charge like a rhino beetle, punch like a tick, or use a fireball like a fire ant. During the assimilations, VectorMan is invincible but these only last for a short time. VectorMan 2 has beautiful graphics, great sound effects, and a nice musical score. Overall this is a very good follow up to the original.

Review by TrekMD

8/10

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