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During the early days of the Sega Master System, most gamers played this game as their introduction to the system before anything else. (It was a pack-in game for the “then new” hardware of the time. The game was far from perfect, and it could get repetitive quickly, but this reboot looks to correct some of those issues while throwing on a fresh coat of paint!
Most of the changes made were needed and done very well, I’m happy to report. Also, the graphics look smooth and the music really shines the brightest overall!
Honestly, I really appreciated the updated soundtrack! It’s not a master class in modern gaming music, but you can honestly hear that the team put some love into the music by paying a great deal of resources into it!
The controls are just as you remember! You’ll feel right at home as soon as you get the controller in your hands. It’s satisfying!
Visually, it’s bright and cheerful! Exactly what you would want from an Alex Kidd game. They did well here also.
So… who is this game for? In short, if you enjoyed the originals, this will be a delightful experience for you. If you didn’t care for it 25+ years ago, you can still get some mileage out of the game if, and only if you enjoy old school platform games.
The price point is excellent, so it was a no-brainer for me! Definitely having fun with this one!
This game tends to have very mixed reviews and I can see why. This version is essentially a 1:1 copy of the original gameplay with updated graphics and some new content. Note that the original graphics are also selectable if you prefer them (like me :D). That being said, the gameplay is that of the 1986 game, and it certainly shows its age a bit. The movement can feel a bit clunky, the hitboxes are tiny, and you die in one hit. This all makes the game quite challenging and unforgiving at times.
They have attempted to remedy some of the shortcomings by adding options for infinite lives, but you might as well not play if you are gonna do that (Git Gud Bro!). That being said this is certainly a nostalgic remake for retro gamers, but players who are accustomed to modern gaming standards are likely to find it outdated and abrasive unless they are looking for a challenge.
This is one beautiful looking game. I’ve enjoyed the original, and this game for better or worse plays it really safe and keeps just about everything the original had while adding some boss fights, new levels, and the graphical overhaul. You can even switch between the modern and classic style graphics. The control is a little slippery, but that is exactly how it controlled in the Master System game.
Music is great, and there are some newly added tracks to help add to the experience.
This isn’t quite as good as the remaster of Dragon’s Trap (another Master System game), but it was clearly put together with love and respect for the original.
If you didn’t like the game before this remaster, it won’t change your mind, so save your money if you’re not a fan.
I’m happy to see this SEGA franchise return. With this Dragon’s Trap, and Streets of Rage 4, it’s a good time to be a SEGA fan, and I hope to see more franchises come back in the future!