Wednesday 7 September 2022

Laser Ghost (Sega Master System review)

Developer: Sega
Publisher: Sega
Released: 1991

Laser Ghost is a light-gun shooting game that supports the Sega Light Phaser.

+ Creepy environments, frightful enemies and spooky music are very reminiscent of Splatterhouse (1990, Turbografx-16).

+ Backgrounds feature some destructible scenery that can be blasted away to reveal heart containers and special shots.

- Difficulty is off-the-charts from the get-go, as enemies (with choppy animation) swarm towards you at alarming speed.

- Although the Light Phaser is accurate, the constant need to pull the trigger is extremely fatiguing, even by Stage 2.

- Using the Control Pad is even worse though, as you'll repeatedly wrestle with the crosshair as it automatically re-centres.

- Gameplay is shallow with predictable enemy patterns and in-level set-pieces that are repeated ad nauseum.

- Contains a rather unusual bug whereby if you pull the Light Phaser trigger at the title screen it will refuse to work!

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