BAKU BAKU ANIMAL
The lovable Saturn game also found its way to the Game Gear
and not bad it is too. The game lacks most of the catchy tunes
that made the Saturn version so enjoyable and it only really
contains one mode (apart from a 2-player link-up) but overall
this an amusing puzzler.
CASTLE OF ILLUSION starring
Apart from a couple of small art and level design changes
this is identical to the excellent Master System game. Well
designed levels, plenty of challenge and
lovely tunes. One of the best around.
GG. SHINOBI, the
Boy, do I love this game. This Shinobi game was written especially
for the Game Gear and it shows. Excellent laid-out levels,
smart bosses and an overall great difficulty level which is
hard but fair. One of the most accomplished Game Gear games
For such an early Game Gear game (1991) this is pretty good
effort. Three difficulty settings, a mission select and a
clever upgrade system after each successful mission. Link-up
too! Shame the scenery is so incredibly basic.
Impressive shoot 'em considering the Game Gear hardware. Doesn't
come close to the 16-bit version but still packs some enjoyable
gameplay. It won't be easy finding an affordable copy, though.
Despite the mixed reviews, Halley Wars is one of the better
Game Gear shooters
available. There's plenty of ways to power up your ship and
the bosses are good fun. The last level is rather on the cheap
(=unfair) side, though.
KUNI CHAN GAME NO TENGOKU
Four mini games that almost all fail to make the grade. Not
worth bothering with, even with the obscure Castle of
KUNI CHAN GAME NO TENGOKU 2
More of the same except the mini-games actually are more fun.
Some jigsaw puzzles, a 'slice the lampions while bouncing
on a trampoline' game (!), a (flawed) bowling game and a go-kart
racing bit. This actually might be worth a try.
Decent version of the classic game. Also includes a multiplayer
mode. Games like Pengo and Columns would
be even better options, though.
PANZER DRAGOON MINI
Some would call the effort of bringing the Panzer Dragoon
game over to the Game Gear 'a brave attempt'. Well, there's
nothing brave about this lifeless pile of crap. Rubbish animation,
bosses that don't require ANY thought, plain and uninteresting
backgrounds and some of its music is abysmal. The Game Gear
port of Space Harrier craps over this from a very
big height...and that came out five years earlier..
One of my personal Game Gear favorites, this. The gameplay
is rather addictive with loads of ways to improve your scores
and it's a great game to 'pick up and play' for a couple of
Eleven levels might not be as much as the Megadrive or Master
System versions but this is arguably
the best version of those three. Better defined graphics than
Master system version, better sound and an added password
system which really helps to keep the frustration down, while
keeping it a meaty challenge. Lovely.
A golf game that's as flawed as it's enjoyable. The game is
easy to pick up and features some catchy tunes. Sadly, it
only contains one course and most of the
holes could've been more challenging. Would've scored full
marks if only it had more content..
TANTO-R (Puzzle & Action)
The sort of game the Game Gear was made for. Loads of addictive
mini-games and just as good as the Saturn version. Get this
Reasonable platform game that doesn't really do anything new.
There's plenty of better games out there.