Ecco the Dolphin had his original adventure ported to PC during the mid ’90s, and that version received a nice facelift via some fans over at the website Caverns of Hope. Enhancements made by Sega for the Windows ’95 edition, along with new features and fixes by Caverns of Hope, make this the definitive version of the game to play.
Altered Beast is an arcade and Genesis classic, but the Master System version is woefully inferior. Horrible graphics and sound, reduced stages and gameplay elements, and poor control make this one beast that deserves to be put down. Do yourself a favor and get the superior Genesis version instead.
Chuck Rock was fun on the Genesis and Sega CD, but the Master System port left a good deal of that charm back in the stone age. Poor visuals and uninspired gameplay make this the low entry on the franchise’s evolutionary scale, and it plays like a real fossil compared to other platformers. Move on to something else before we run out of puns.
Phantasy Star IV is a bona fide Genesis classic, and people are still finding all kinds of new ways to play it. After so many years, it’s great to see interesting hacks done to improve everything from the font to the difficulty level, even alter a major plot twist! We’ve checked a few of them out, so get ready to return to the Algol Star System!
Ken Horowitz will soon release a comprehensive history of Sega of America’s game development history. Compiled from interviews with almost 100 developers and Sega alumni, it has detailed information on every one of SOA’s internal studios and almost 40 games. This is a must-have for Sega fans everywhere!