Sonic Spinball (1993)
The Museum description pokes fun at Dr. Robotnik’s “Pinball Defense System”. 😛
Spinball tries to combine pinball and platforming, with Sonic as the ball. That aspect makes enough sense, but it’s a difficult game; three lives, no continues. Some of the music is fine, but certain other tracks, like the one for the high score screen, are so cacophonous and industrial it makes some of the Silent Hill tracks seem like smooth jazz. It almost gives me a musical seizure.
Original Score: 2/5
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A colorful platformer from Sonic Team. You can definitely tell from the presentation. Ristar uses his extra-long arms to grab onto platforms, enemies, and health-ups. The game also shows you all of the planets you’ll go to between rounds.
Ristar is charming and cute. IDK if it was what Sonic Team was going for, but the game gives me Kirby vibes.
How did I guess that the lava world was going to be called Scorch? It’s a tough level.
I like this game a lot. It’s fun to watch enemies ricochet around the edges of the screen. A speedrun of this game would be great to watch.
Original Score: 3/5
Revised Score: 4/5
Ristar figurines can be randomly found from “gachapon” machines in Shenmue I and II. Will the starboy reappear in Shenmue III? Time will tell.
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Golden Axe (1989)
GA has some visual flair, but I’ve never really liked it. The enemies are so cheap. It’s not that the game is hard, it’s just annoying how enemies are constantly surrounding you for cheap shots.
Original Score: 2/5
Golden Axe Warrior (1991)
Someone named a country Firewood?
This is a Zelda ripoff. The graphics are cute, but the music is kinda annoying.
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Dynamite Headdy (1994)
From the Museum description: “Being a puppet is never easy. If you’re not tethered by a bunch of strings, some puppeteer has his hand where hands ought not to go.” O.O
Headdy has an archrival with the awesome name “Trouble Bruin”.
This platformer was developed by Treasure. It’s a colorful and quirky game with potential.
The second level is called Toys in the Hood. It seems that several of the level names are references to movies.
One of the powerups puts Headdy to sleep, a la the Sleep “ability” in some Kirby games.
This game is fun, but has a learning curve and no continues (but some lives).
Original Score: 3/5
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Beyond Oasis/The Story of Thor (1994)
The latter is a cooler title for this action-RPG with music by Yuzo Koshiro.
The box art is so completely non-indicative of the game. Even a group shot of the characters would have been better. What is this game supposed to be from the box?
The graphics are nice with a well-done intro that sets up the story.
The game uses a lot of sound effects from the Streets of Rage series.
This game seems to have potential, but I guess it didn’t impress me much back then because I only gave it a 2/5.
The game received a prequel on the Saturn called The Legend of Oasis. It was released in Europe and Japan. Maybe it did not receive a North American release due to the weirdness of Sega’s American branch and its terrible boss, Bernie Stolar. They did not want to release certain 2D games so that they could show off the system’s 3D capabilities.
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Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection
System: Xbox 360/PlayStation 3
Developer: Backbone Entertainment
Release Dates – NA: February 10, 2009
EU: February 20, 2009
AU: February 20, 2009 (PS3)
AU: February 26, 2009 (X360)
This classic collection lets you play over 40 Genesis, Master System, and arcade games from Sega. The features of the collection include the ability to save, load, and reset the games at any time; HD support; visual smoothing; interviews with some of the people behind certain games; a look at the game’s box art and cartridges; and a few pieces of trivia for most of the titles.
The format of these reviews is inspired by a retro collection review in the old Animerica magazines (I think it was a review for the Atari compilation for the PS1). The reviewer gave a quick blurb to most of the games. I’ve wanted to try something like that ever since.
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