Taz appeared on just about every Sega console during the early ’90s. Some were better than others, but the often-overlooked Master System version remains one deserving of some attention. It’s not the best of the brand, but what’s there is enough to keep you interested all the way through.
Pachinko has always been popular in Japan, enough so to get its own Mega Drive game! Soft Vision’s Pachinko Kuunyan took the concept and refined it to work on console, and the result is a surprisingly playable title that most gamers have unfortunately never heard of.
While not inherently a bad game, it suffers from a wide range of problems that combine to keep the good captain from reaching his full potential. There are some good ideas here, but sadly no amount of heart can make Captain Planet’s Genesis adventure a good one.
One of the best Mega Drive titles that stayed in Japan, Twinkle Tale was chock full of blazing action and dazzling visuals. It may not be the best in its class (a recent fan translation and upgrade improves the experience), and it’s damn expensive, but it’s definitely a great way to spend an afternoon.
The Genesis hosts a slew of 3D military simulators, giving players the chance to pilot tanks, planes, and helicopters in flat-shaded, polygonal battlegrounds. Electronic Arts’ LHX Attack Chopper is one that has a decent game experience to offer if you can get past the slow pace and learning curve.