You know either Exhumed or Powerslave? Well, this the same
game with yet another different name. Some Japanese text but
still a very nice shooter.
2DO ARUKOTOWA SANDOA-RHU
An excellent collection of crazy mini-games. Multiple gameplay
modes and a cheap price make this a worthy purchase.
Fairly playable soccer game by Gremlin interactive
(who also did games such as Blood Factory, Actua Golf & Hardcore 4x4). The game is let down by
sloppy A.I. and there's not much reason to pick it up with
games like Worldwide Soccer around, is there?
AMERICA OUDAN ULTRA
Call me sad but I like quiz games. Shame all the text in this
release is in Japanese. So if you don't read the language
there's no point in picking this up.
Planned for 1995 but ended up being a 1998 release! Baldy
land is a fair strategy game featuring little bald guys.Fair
graphics and sound and plenty of levels but the gameplay is
rather slow and gets kinda dull after a while.
There's a million of these graphical adventures around but
this ain't one of the best. Plain graphics and a very dull
battle system. Maybe there's more to meet the eye but I didn't
like it. At all.
The game we know as 'Loaded'. The graphical effects are pretty
good, as is the sound, but an hour into the game and the simplistic
'kill and collect' gameplay will become very tiresome indeed.
Fairly good fun in multiplayer, I guess.
A puzzle game in which you have to break down walls by selecting
bricks of the same colour. It sports loads of levels and a
multiplayer mode but there's better puzzle games out there.
'Three games in one!' you might say, but the shooters on this
pack are far too much alike and not very good anyway. The
extra artwork doesn't help much either.
Fortunately this pack is a lot better than the one above.
Three classic Capcom platform games (Ghouls n Goblins,
Ghouls n Ghosts & Super Ghouls n Ghosts)
and plenty of extras. If it wasn't for the extremely
frustrating gameplay, this pack would've scored full marks.
Another puzzle game that tries hard but really isn't all that
fun. The idea is you're a rotating clock-hand(!) and have
to attach yourself to dots on a grid to avoid hazards. It's
mildly entertaining but nothing really special.
COLUMNS ARCADE COLLECTION
This pack features four classic Columns games, perfectly ported
from the arcade. Thankfully the games featured are different
enough from each other to make them stand out on their own.
The best feature, though, is the way the game keeps track
of the total amount of jewels bursted, after which loads of
special features become unlocked. If you're a puzzle fan this
is a recommended buy!
As far as card battle games go this is one of the best out
there. Detailed graphics, a Yuzo Koshiro soundtrack
and both an excellent single and multiplayer (up to 4 players)
Originally released for the PC, this Geiger inspired
adventure isn't too bad. Because the game is subtitled instead
of dubbed you should be able to play this without much trouble.
Just don't forget there's better adventure games out there..
With slightly better graphics (and smaller borders) than the
PAL version, you might want to give it
a try. Naturally, it's not up to Sega Rally levels.
DAYTONA USA: C.C.E.
Yes I know the gameplay of
original was somewhat lost with this version, but it's still
playable enough and features plenty of extras (like a link-up
mode and analogue control support). A fine racing game.
Developers Ecole certainly 'made a name' for themselves
with this dreadful release. Terrible graphics, weird music
and almost non-existant gameplay. This game was voted as the
worst Japanese Saturn game ever by Japanese Saturn Magazine
readers and boy does it show.
Released in the west as 'Angel Devoid', a 1995 PC
game. Death mask is a boring FMV adventure with frustrating
gameplay and a plot you won't understand anyway. Give it a
Another 'PC to Saturn' game, this is the Japanese release
of 'Quarantine' (an old PC hit). It's basicly Crazy Taxi
with added violence. If you can get around the sloppy controls
it might be worth a quick look.
As I've said before on the PAL release; great atmosphere,
shame about the gameplay. Play it in the dark (with headphones
on) untill you meet the first monster (and all suspense is
DENPA SHOUNEN TEKI
A rather unusual game by Hudson sporting various
crazy mini-games. Most of them are far too simplistic to be
worth your time. A wasted opportunity.
A sloppy port of the PSX game, only saved by the reasonable
gameplay. Scrappy graphics and the lack of the link-up mode
(which made the PSX version so enjoyable) condemned this release.
An excellent piece of 'build your own shooter' software. An
incredible amount of options (including a 2D sprite editor,
a 3D object editor and music composer)
together with a neat interface and multiple built-in shooters!
A must for every creative individual out there.
DIGITAL PINBALL: Last
The Digital pinball series has its share of fans
but overall the game wasn't too well received. At the end
of the day it's just another pinball game and not as good
as Kaze's other game; Necronomicon.
With both European and American versions of this excellent
strategic adventure game available I'd give this one a miss.
Even while it's loads cheaper.
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS
Two Golden Axe style brawlers featuring plenty of
spells, warriors, elves and big monsters. The multiple routes,
sub-quests and shop system all add to the longevity. The loading
might be a little frequent but overall this pack oozes quality.
DX NIPPON TOKKYU
A board game in which you travel Japan. You visit famous tourist
spots, start various jobs and the like, but don't expect to
get much enjoyment out of it. (unless you read Japanese).
More or less the sequel to 'D'. It's an intense adventure
with plenty of gore. Some of the gameplay elements are pretty
clever but you'll need plenty of patience to sit through it.
F-1 LIVE INFORMATION
The first Formula one game on the Saturn so it wasn't up to
much graphically, but it's remarkably playable.
And as it's the only 'real' F1 racer on the Saturn you don't
have much choice anyway, I'm afraid.
Fighting Vipers was never really popular outside of Japan
but it remains a very playable Virtua Fighter spinoff.
This Japanese version can be picked up for next to nothing
and also features the Pepsiman character; score!
FIRE PRO WRESTLING S
Millions (well, almost) of wrestlers, buttloads of moves and
up to six wrestlers in the ring at once! The added edit mode
allows for even more wrestlers to be made. A wrestle fan's
FREE TALK STUDIO
In this game you are an interviewer at a radio station.You
have to keep your guests happy by asking the right questions
and kissing their virtual behinds where possible. All in Japanese,
so it's pretty much useless for anyone who isn't able to read
FUNKY HEAD BOXERS
A bizarre boxing game featuring boxers with box shaped heads
and funny face expressions. Would've been fun but the gameplay
is far too simplistic.
GALS PANIC SS
Combining the gameplay of QIX with anime drawings
(there's no nudity like in the arcade, mind),
this game is good fun. The multiple modes (including a multiplayer
one) give the game plenty of replay value, so if you can find
it for a good price..pick it up.
GAME BASIC FOR SEGA SATURN
Ahh..do you remember BASIC,
the classic programming language? This multi-disc package
contains a disc with an enhanced version of it, some Windows tools and a cable to transfer code from your Saturn to your
PC and vice versa. It also comes with multiple books (in Japanese,
sadly) and various sample programs and games. If you have
previous (Q)BASIC experience this is an interesting and very
GAME WARE 1
The Game Ware discs
contain demo's, commercials, information on music and movies
and some other bits and bobs. Nothing really outstanding but
the Ejihon Detective game saves this release from
GAME WARE 2
The second Game Ware is even less appealing with
only the demo of Layer Section that's worth some
of your time.
Gex never was one of the best platform games around, but it
remains a playable (if frustrating) game. Apart from a poster
this Japanese release has nothing over the PAL or USA versions..
GOIKEN MUYOU: Anarchy in the Nippon
The game designed by fans of Virtua Fighter and not
too bad it is either. It's somewhat let down by the text-heavy
interface and slightly sluggish gameplay.
Hilarious name aside, this futuristic race game hasn't got
too much going for it. The graphics are pretty poor and it
never excites much.
Arguably a better game than Shining Force III..if it only
was in English. 2 discs filled excellent
scenery, tons of fights and clever gameplay twists. If you
can get around the language barrier it's worth a shot.
An old but incredibly playable baseball sim.
Also available on the PAL and USA markets as World Series
Baseball, so see for yourself.
GREATEST NINE '98
With actual 3D players, more polished stadiums and a new pitching
system this might be the improvement you are looking for.
Personally I still prefer the original.
While GT24 may initially look like a poor man's Sega Touring
Car, it's actually more playable. Incredibly fast too.
It's still a disappointing conversion, though.
Not as good as its sequel but still plenty of blasting action
and a meaty challenge.
GUN GRIFFON II
With enhanced graphics,
a plethora of modes (including a four player link-up one!)
and big selection of mechs and vehicles Gun Griffon II
is the ultimate sequel. Make sure to use a twin-stick for
GUSSUN OYOYO S
An enjoyable Lemmings / Tetris crossover
in which you drop blocks to get the little guy to the exit.
Addictive and challenging.
Apart from the craptacular title, Henry
Explorers doesn't offer much else to laugh about. The
abysmal graphics and unconvincing monsters detract
from the (admittedly) reasonable gameplay. Could
and should've been a whole lot better, Konami!
HIDEO NOMO World Series Baseball
Simply the game 'World Series baseball'
with a Japanese box. Good game, pointless release.
Glitchy graphics and loads of pop-up but Hi Octane
remains playable enough, thanks to the fluid
controls and steady frame-rate. The
multiple gameplay modes are a nice touch as well. Not
up to Wipeout levels, though.
HISSATSU PACHINKO COLLECTION
A gambling game without the thrills of actually winning something.
Even the added 'story mode' doesn't keep this from being a
totally pointless release. Thanks but no thanks.
It might be link-cable compatible, but Hyper Reverthion
remains a poor Virtual-On clone. The gameplay is
not as fine-tuned and the arenas rather bland. Worth a quick
try if you've got a link-up setup at ready. You might want
to take a look at Steeldom (the much improved sequel)
J.LEAGUE PRO SOCCER CLUB WO
TSUKUROU !! 2
Much like the 'Premier Manager'
games, you manage your own football team by buying players,
making the perfect match line-up etc. Not bad, but buying
this over todays games like Football Mananger would
be pretty silly.
JEWEL BEM HUNTER LIME
Two discs filled with weird (but admittedly good quality)
anime, octopusses ('huh?'), guys in dresses (double 'huh?')
and a story you'll probably won't understand
anyway. If that all sounds like 'fun'
to you, go knock yourself out.
JIKKYU PAWERFUL PUYOYAKYU
This baseball game by Konami has its share of fans but as
far as I'm concerned this doesn't hold a candle to Greatest
Nine / World Series Baseball.
'A fun but short-lived
cartoonish sumo wrestle game' is what sums up this game. There's
a good selection of characters on offer and some clever touches
on some of the backgrounds but the gameplay is too simplistic
to really entertain for much more than a couple of days.
KONAMI ANTIQUES MSX COLLECTION
30 classic MSX games by Konami sounds like a good deal and
for once it actually is. It features plenty of classics (such
as Gradius, Hyper Olympics & Antartic
Adventure) and the emulation of them is rather excellent.
Create your own army of cartoonish units and let them enter
various battles. Seems like fun, but really isn't. Another
good idea down the drain. D'oh!
KYUTENKAI Fantasic Pinball
Tecnosoft probably had an off-day when creating this
pinball game, as it's hardly 'fantasic'. The graphics are
colourful and reasonably animated but the game features only
one real table with a couple of small sub-sections which simply doesn't cut it,
Excellent graphics (looking better than some Dreamcast shooters
I could mention) and the gameplay isn't shabby either.
Pure arcade blasting and I love it.
A surprisingly nice action adventure sporting an unusual graphics
style and plenty of hack 'n'
slash action. Not bad at all really and arguably better than SEGA's
LODE RUNNER: THE LEGEND RETURNS
The classic action game makes it to the Saturn and it's not
a bad version either. A big amount of rock-hard levels and
an excellent editor to create your own ones. Nice one.
Well here's something new; a digital interactive book. It's
a shame all the text is in Japanese because it seems like
a nice story. The soundtrack's pretty good as well, so at
least you'll be able to enjoy that.
MARVEL VS STREET FIGHTER
Another one of those excellent RAM boosted fighters by Capcom.
It has plenty of characters (including the classic Norimaru)
but you might want to take a look at X-men vs Street Fighter
or Vampire Saviour first.
MASTER OF MONSTERS Neo Generation
A basic but difficult strategy game that never excites much.
There's better out there. Japanese text heavy.
MASTERS AUGUSTA ED3. GOLF
Another golf sim running
on the 'Pebble Beach golf' engine. Unless you are a die-hard
golf fanatic (which is unlikely) you don't need this. Actually,
you shouldn't need this at all.
The classic made it to the Saturn and boy am I thankful for
that. All the action remains pretty much in-tact and apart
from some slowdown (especially in 2p mode) it's a mighty fine
Reasonably enjoyable platformer in the Bubble Bobble
/ Rainbow Islands / New Zealand story mould.
Plenty of levels and a two player mode, but the price lets
it down. Worth a try if you can find it cheap.
MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM: Gihren's
Basicly a fan disc with some animations and artwork. (I couldn't
find a single playable bit, feel free to proof me wrong).
I guess the fans will like it..
MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM: Sidestory II
A pretty good first person shooter featuring the Gundam Mechs.
Doesn't come close to Gun Griffon 2, though.
Another four player board game. Apart from the freaky cover
there's not much else of interest. Definitely NOT import friendly.
Miles better than the poor PSX port, but Myst has
had its time, don't
NBA JAM EXTREME
One might wonder why Acclaim released this
over-the-top basketball game in Japan. It's not terrible,
just very average.
NiGHTS INTO DREAMS
Doesn't offer any extras over the PAL or USA releases (apart
from some remixed soundtracks
with eight year old schoolgirls singing really badly), so
there's no real reason to pick this is up if you own a domestic
Made by Societa Daikanyama (a company
that did loads of adult titles, including The Yakyuken
special) this 'play the game and strip the chick' game
really is crazy. The minigames are bordering on the unplayable
and seem impossible to win. The nicely done interface and
fairly good looking girls don't save the day.
OKUDERA YASUHIKO NO SEKAI WO
MEZASE! (Soccer kids)
You gotta love these pointless Japanese releases.
A disc filled with footage of soccer players teaching children
how to perform certain moves. Collectors and nutcases only.
Hmm yes. Another soccer game that falls short. If you must
have a Saturn soccer game, simply get Victory Goal /
WWS. There's not much to recommend here to be honest.
An action adventure featuring three girls in freaky costumes.
Lame graphics and loads of Japanese text.
OUTLAWS OF THE LOST DYNASTY
Tired old beat 'em up with basic moves, very mediocre graphics
and tons of clichés. Get something from Capcom or SNK
An adventure game with a twist; you actually create your own
game by filling the map with slices containing forests, lakes
or towns. Enjoyable but nothing extremely exciting.
The game that started the popular franchise and it's not too
bad. The opening levels are kinda poor but the game gets a
lot better later on. Still not a patch on the later games,
PGA TOUR GOLF '97
E.A. released this game because of the great
popularity of their sports games in Japan. Actually, I haven't
got a clue why they bothered releasing this sub-par golf game
in Japan. My personal favorite quote 'collectors and nutcases
only' applies yet again.
Add 'agoria' to the title and you have an old PC
horror adventure released by Sierra. It comes on
eight (!) discs but quickly loses its appeal after you find
out that it was dubbed in Japanese. D'oh!
PHANTASY STAR COLLECTION
Four classic Phantasy Star games plus various tasty
extras fill this disc.
Such a shame all the text is in Japanese because this is an
A reasonable dungeon crawler ruined by its extremely slow
pace and large amounts of Japanese text to wade through.
PUYO PUYO SUN
Did it 'brighten up my day'? Yes it did, actually. Packed
with different modes and options and the classic Puyo
Puyo gameplay. A nice buy if you're into games like Columns
PUZZLE BOBBLE 2X
The game we know as 'Bust-a-move' over here.
Worth the money but why import it?
R?MJ THE MYSTERY HOSPITAL
The pre-rendered surroundings in this 'horror' adventure are
pretty moody, as are the visuals, but most of the story is
lost because of the language barrier. Would've made a pretty
cool release if only it was in English.
One of the poorest conversions available on the Saturn. The
original game never was very good anyway, but this conversion
really is very sad indeed. Terrible graphics, terrible gameplay,
RETURN TO ZORK
The classic PC adventure found its way to the Saturn. The
planned USA release fell through at the last minute so there's
only this Japanese release left. Unless you've played the
original version or don't mind missing all the story bits
you might want to take the risk. But I wouldn't, to be honest.
Or simply 'Ichidant-R' as
it's often called, is the second game in the 'Puzzle &
Action' series, featuring loads of mini games and (unlike
the first game) a four player mode! Cheap and extremely playable.
SAKURA WARS: STEAM RADIO SHOW
A very decent fan disc featuring
loads of footage of the Sakura Wars show, mini games
and plenty of other stuff every Sakura Wars fan would
love to see. But are you one?
SEGA AGES: Disney Collection
(Castle of Illusion
and Quackshot combo pack)
This pack features the two classic Megadrive
/ Genesis games but little else. It's
still more expensive than buying both games (or the Megadrive
combo cart for that matter), so Saturn freaks only need to
apply. Would've got full marks.. if
only World of Illusion was included, d'oh!
SEGA AGES: Memorial Selection
Six games but only four of them are worth bothering with.
Super Monaco GP (top down version), Sindbad mystery,
Doki Doki Penguin land and Ninja Princess
are pretty playable but the likes of Samurai and
Star Jacker? Urgh. Overall a pack that really isn't
all that good. Still kinda expensive too.
Someone on ebay advertised this as a 'hilarious party game'.
'A totally boring board game without any action whatsoever'
would've been a better description. Terrible.
SHIN THEME PARK
Theme Park with some new graphics and loads of Japanese
text. You don't need this, do you?
SIDE POCKET 2: Legend of Hustler
Data East might have done a fair share of crap games,
but Side Pocket always was one of their better franchises.
It's a very nicely done billiards sim, which is especially
good fun in multiplayer. It also sports an enjoyable trick
mode. If you like it, make sure you get Side Pocket 3
(with its 3D overhaul) next.
Think Space Invaders and add some fancy backdrops.
The gameplay remains as basic as ever and even the two player
mode stinks.Taito, how could you?!
Isometric action game with the usual ingredients. It doesn't
offer very exciting levels or new ideas but it's fairly playable.
Willy Wombat would be a better choice in my opinion.
Not sure why SEGA decided to reprogram the PSX game, probably
because Takara's team was so poor at Saturn programming.
Toshinden might have been a good game when it was
released at the PSX launch, but these days there's little
reason to play this with games like Soul Calibur around.
Well developed UNO game with plenty
of characters, modes and options. If you're familiar with
the UNO card game you shouldn't have any problems playing
this. A four player mode wouldn't have hurt,
A nice looking casino sim by Datt
(who?). Sadly misses games like video poker and the BGM is
incredibly annoying. Strangely
enough it was also released in the USA, so if you must
own a copy..
Amusingly dubbed 'Virtual Rubbish' by Sega
Power magazine. Is it that bad? Not really, but you
need quite some patience to be able
to get some enjoyment out of it.
WAKU WAKU 7
A weird fighting game with
crazy characters and over the top moves. Would've been a good
game if the gameplay wasn't so incredibly sluggish. The backgrounds
could've been a lot better as well, RAM-cart in mind.
WORLD EVOLUTION SOCCER
What the hell is this then? I never heart of it untill I picked
it up some years ago, and you might as well forget about this
abysmal release right away. It's got so many flaws, I haven't
got the space to list them all. The god-awful commentary will
crack you up, though.
YAKYUKEN SPECIAL, the
Twelve Japanese 'babes' feature in this strip-'rock-paper-scissors'
game. Gameplay-wise it's very, very basic but the 'strip'
theme may attract some. The cheating CPU and 'catchy yet totally
annoying' soundtrack keep this from being anything more than
a 'cult classic'.
ZAP! SNOWBOARDING TRIX
Despite what some people might say, this really is a rather
poor snowboarding game. Everything
looks ropey and it doesn't play that well either. Stick with
Steep Slope Sliders.