Wednesday 8 March 2023

The Smurfs (Sega Master System review)

Developer: Bit Managers
Publisher: Infogrames
Released: 1995

The Smurfs is a platformer that was also released on the Sega Game Gear in 1995.

+ Level design never rests on one idea for too long, both in terms of gameplay styles and visual settings.

+ Includes a couple of extra levels compared to the NES version (1994), as well as a replacement first boss.

+ Catchy music tracks that range from upbeat to more serious / sombre depending on the stage setting.

- However, with only 12 brief stages and three pedestrian boss fights, it won't be long before you see the credits.

- Despite the cutesy exterior, the action is surprisingly tough from the outset and the difficulty curve is almost back-to-front.

- Game engine feels like it's constantly struggling to keep up, which results in some awful screen tearing.

- The collision detection is wonky and you'll likely lose many lives by falling straight through platform objects.

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