One of the best strategy/RPGs you’ve never played, Vixen 357 is developed by the same people who brought us Langrisser, Gleylancer, and Target Earth. That’s some pedigree, and if you like your action with mechs, then Masaya has got you covered. The language barrier is a bit troublesome, but it’s definitely worth the effort. And that intro! Oh my!
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It often seems that for every good game that got released for the Genesis, a half dozen remained behind in Japan. That might not be too far off the mark either, as there are some excellent titles that gamers are forced to import or emulate. Though Sega-16 doesn’t normally encourage emulation unless for archival and documentation purposes, there is one area that has become invaluable to gamers: fan translations. Many previously Japanese-only titles are being enjoyed by audiences the world over because they are finally playable to non-Japanese speakers, and there are currently several groups translating games. One of the recently completed titles that is definitely worth checking out is Langrisser II 2, the sequel to the excellent Warsong. If you enjoyed the first, then this one should absolutely be on your “to do” list.
Puzzle games come in all shapes and sizes. Some are more complex than others, but often the simplest puzzlers can be the most fun. One of the lesser known members of the genre on the Genesis is Shove It! The Warehouse Game, which basically boils down to a dude in a warehouse pushing boxes for cash. It’s not very deep on story, and it can even be downright repetitive sometimes, but the game actually grows on you after a while.
There are good maze games, and there are bad maze games. Ms. Pac-Man is a a good example of the genre done right. At the opposite end of the spectrum is Trampoline Terror!, which has to be one of the worst on the Genesis. It’s actually appropriate that this is a maze game, as the developers seem to have been lost throughout the entire development cycle.