ARIEL THE LITTLE MERMAID
Fairly inoffensive 'explore and find the objects' gameplay
coupled with reasonable graphics, but why is it so incredibly
easy? Because it's a kids game, that's why.
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.
An uninspired beat 'em up which seems to go on -indeed- forever.
graphics and boring level design don't help much either. It
ain't rubbish but it's just kinda dull. Not really the first
Game Gear action game you should pick up, no sir.
Nowhere near as good looking as the Lynx version but Batman
Returns has a clever multiple route system, some good grapple
hook action and a couple of catchy tunes. I liked it, even
while I'm not exactly a Batman fan.
I didn't like it on the Master System and I still don't like
it on the Game Gear.
The gameplay's basic, it doesn't have any in-game sound and
with the Game Gear having an incredible load of platform games
available for it you don't really need this one. Now on the
CHUCK ROCK 2: Son of Chuck
..this game is pretty good. Better level design, better graphics
and more fun.
You could argue for ages if Columns was 'as good as Tetris'
but the facts remains that Columns is very enjoyable puzzle
game and the game that defined the Game Gear and showcased
it as a good platform for puzzle games.
This is the kind of the game the Game Gear was made for. Devilish
is an enjoyable pinball/arkanoid action crossover featuring
tunnels, creatures, power-ups and bosses. Shame there's only
eight levels, but it's still highly entertaining.
This port by Eurocom is very well done, with some
excellent graphics and nearly all the action packed levels
of the original. One of the best action games on the Game
Gear. Could've used some a password system, perhaps.
ECCO THE DOLPHIN
Apart from the fact that it misses the quality soundtrack
(especially the beautiful one that made Mega-CD version so
memorable), this is a port is done with care.
There's plenty of levels (including the City of Forever
and The Machine and a lot of animation made it in.
A puzzle game in which you flick switches to direct objects
to the right persons.
The gameplay is too simplistic and the levels too samey to
be really enjoyable.
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.
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.
MARKOS MAGIC FOOTBALL
A platform game featuring a kid with his soccer ball. Some
great graphics (which really don't look much different than
the ones in the Megadrive version) and tough but somewhat
MORTAL KOMBAT II
This was the best portable Mortal Kombat game for
ages only beaten by recent
versions on the GBA and DS. Despite have only eight characters
and two backgrounds, this is a mighty fine port by Probe.
Would've gotten full marks
if they crammed in another background.
MORTAL KOMBAT III
Something went wrong here and I'm still not sure why. Loads
of stuff was included
(Nine playable characters, five backgrounds, Babalities, Arcade
codes..) but somehow the gameplay just doesn't feel right
and there's no in-game music which really creates an empty
atmosphere. This could've been the portable version to end
them all but sadly it wasn't meant to be.
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
ROBOCOP vs TERMINATOR
RvT is one of the best action games available on the Game
Gear. Loads of action-a-plenty levels, tasty weapons and multiple
hidden bits to be found. The tunes are horribly catchy too..
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
An okay-ish puzzle game in which you have to 'walk over all
tiles' to complete the level. I won't take long to complete
the 99 levels with all the passwords and continues on offer,
though. There's better puzzle games for the 'gear.
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG
Eight-bit gamers were finally able to play as tails in this
Sonic 2 follow-up. Its levels are pretty good (better than
the ones in Sonic 2 imo) and feature some good boss fights,
but they're all too short and the game itself is way, way
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG
More or less the Master System game on a portable format.
However, they slightly changed the view to it closes up to
the action (and works better on the small Game Gear screen).
Just as good as the excellent Master System version. Full
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG
The same 'screen' trick they used in the first game now backfires
as 90% of all people found it impossible to beat the first
boss (thanks to the zoomed action which didn't show the incoming
projectiles untill the very last second). The levels levels
are poorly laid out and offer little of interest. Not the
sequel one would hoped for and a far cry (in terms of quality)
from the Megadrive game.
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.
TINTIN IN TIBET
One of the last ever Game Gear releases and it shows. Some
greatly detailed graphics, tough levels and varied gameplay.
The password system is a bit of a mystery though. (You'll
need to progress waaay into the game to gain any).