ALEX KIDD IN MIRACLE WORLD
The game that really defined the Master System. Loads of levels,
varied gameplay and a good challenge. By far the best
Alex Kidd game released.
While the Megadrive version of Altered beast wasn't too great
to begin with, this version really is terrible. The gameplay
is very slow, the graphics pretty poor and it's far too
short and dull to entertain you much. Don't bother.
With graphics of excellent quality, over 40 very varied levels
and a 2 player mode, you would wonder how SEGA fitted it all
on the cart. While Alex Kidd and Sonic were the games most
people raved about Asterix is just as good if not better!
Possibly the most impressive and accomplished Master System
BACK TO THE FUTURE II
Back to the future II is one of the worst Master System games
ever released. The sound and graphics are terrible and
the gameplay really doesn't make any sense either. The
best bit is a sliding puzzle -halfway through the game-, go
Not really a game you would play these days. The gameplay
is reasonable but slightly spoilt by the 2 button Master
System pad. The levels don't change much either, but
then again this is a 32k game we're talking about. Overall
The 16-bit game was limited but good fun. The game can be
said about this release.It sadly lost its 2 player mode but
the gameplay remained intact. A couple more levels wouldn't
have hurt, though.
Containing various card games, a slot machine and a (rubbish)
pinball machine, Casino Games was fairly well done. The graphics
are pretty detailed and the CPU poker players are a nice touch.
Can you find the hidden lizard movie?
CASTLE OF ILLUSION
A great Disney classic featuring beautiful backgrounds, ingenious
bosses and plenty of secret rooms and bonus bits. The music
also suits the game perfectly. Certainly one of the best Master
System Disney releases.
While the Megadrive version wasn't that good to begin with,
Master System owners really got the sh*t end of the stick
here. Lousy graphics, sluggish gameplay and very uninspired
level design. If you want some decent prehistoric action get..
CHUCK ROCK 2: SON OF CHUCK
..this one. Chuck Rock 2 improved its lousy prequel in every
Better graphics, speedier gameplay and level design which
is a whole lot better. Not up there with the likes of
Asterix or Sonic, but a nice game overall.
Yes, it does have a multiplayer mode (unlike the NES one)
but it's still very average.The special moves are a pain to
perform, the gameplay sluggish and the sprites basic looking
and flickery. The final boss tune in the game is pretty cool,
but that's about it.
Ten levels of motocross racing which consist of dodging cars,
piles of stones, tree trunks and whatnot. It's just a
shame it's too short (it only contains five levels repeated
twice as opposed to the Japanese Mark III version
which had ten of them) and the sound pretty poor.
Graphics that make your eyes hurt, screechy tunes and rock-hard
gameplay. Not the ingredients for an all-time classic, but
Fantasy Zone remains a playable shooter with plenty of big
bosses, cool weaponry and challenging levels.
FANTASY ZONE II
More of the same? Well yes, but the
bosses are even better, the graphics more detailed and
the challenge even bigger. Get this game!
A disappoing port of the classic arcade game. Dropping the
multiplayer mode and two of the three characters is just a
little too much. It would have been forgivable if the gameplay
to scratch, but the sluggish gameplay and glitchy sprites
don't help much either. Get the Megadrive/Genesis version
and don't bother with this one.
GOLDEN AXE WARRIOR
One of my favorite Master System games ever. Sure, it is a
Zelda rip-off but a good one at that. Ten castles
complete with meaty guardians together with plenty of sub-quests, hidden
places, weaponry and items make for an overall far above average
Hmm, not too sure here. The gameplay is kinda dull, the level
design isn't too great and it ain't that good looking
either. Get one of the Mickey Mouse games instead.
Despite the slow (and I mean SLOW) movement of the character
you play as, this game really is one to look out for.
Loads of levels, rock-hard gameplay, ace bosses and multiple
routes! One of the best hack 'n' slash games on the Master
Lemmings was ported to loads of different hardware platforms
and most the ports were pretty damn good. Thankfully,
this Master System version doesn't disappoint either. Apart
from slightly rougher graphics and a lower lemming count the
game remained very much in-tact. Nice one!
A fair pac-man spin-off in which the little guy is
able to jump over the ghosts. Nothing terribly exciting, but
Billiards, Darts and world-bingo(!?) are bundled in this pack.
It's a shame all of them are very mediocre. Billiards
is fairly fun but basic, Darts is far too tricky and who wants to
play bingo without real prizes, anyway? Get Casino games
In the arcades Pit Fighter may have impressed some (like me,
strangely) but as an eight bit Master System game it just
doesn't cut it. Puny sprites and lame gameplay.
PUTT & PUTTER
A very playable miniature golf game which just lacks another
36 holes.The courses are varied enough and fun, but it's
just that there should've been more of it all.
Rampage; the game that was ported to about a million different
hardware platforms..most of which were crap. This port ain't
too hot either, but it certainly is a lot better than the
NES version. The problem here is (as with most Rampage games)
is the gameplay,
which just gets tedious far too quick.
It's a bit of mystery to me how they messed up this release,
five years after Double Dragon! The gameplay
is sluggish, controls sloppy and the game somehow just doesn't
feel right. Looks alright, but that's its only saving grace.
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG
What a lovely game we have here. Released a couple of months
after the Megadrive version and programmed with the Master
System hardware in mind. Amazing 8-bit graphics, Yuzo
Koshiro tunes (!) and bonus rounds that are arguably
better than the Megadrive ones.
One of the best Master System games released.
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2
Sonic 2 is let down by the lack of Tails, some uninspired
and poorly laid out zones and the stupidly hard first boss.
New elements such as the hang-glider add to the gameplay but
overall it just ain't as good as the first game.
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG CHAOS
Released more or less as 'Sonic 3 for the 8-bit systems',
but Sonic Chaos doesn't even come close to the quality of
that game. Another couple of gameplay elements and power-ups
were added, but the yet again the game was let down by the
somewhat poor zones (which are all far too short) and the
extremely easy gathering of 1-ups and continues.
One of the better SEGA CARD releases, this. Some fair shooting
action accompanied with catchy tunes. Not too bad, really.
TOM & JERRY: THE MOVIE
Instead of a regular platform game, Tom & Jerry is a highly
annoying 'chase em up' in which Tom chases Jerry through tedious
scenarios. Could've been fun, but really isn't.
Just two levels in this sidescrolling shooter. A couple of
power-ups help somewhat but it's not really worth much
of your time or money.
WONDERBOY III: THE DRAGONS
What can I say? Arguably the best action RPG for the Master
System and a game you would be wise to try. Huge areas
to explore, plenty of bosses and excellent gameplay. A classic.