Thursday 14 September 2023

Psychic World (Sega Game Gear review)

Developer: Sanritsu
Publisher: Sega
Released: 1991

Psychic World is an action game that was first released on the MSX (1988) and then ported to the Sega Master System (1991).

+ Terrific level design (with multiple pathways to tackle certain areas) and the difficulty is more refined versus the SMS port.

+ Weapons are continually added to your arsenal and figuring out the best one to use is similar to the Mega Man series.

+ Environmental aspect of using power-ups to reach otherwise inaccessible areas adds a cool puzzle element.

+ Unlike the console version, the game pauses while you select an item, which is much needed in the heat of battle.

- There's no grace period of temporary invincibility when you take damage, so your life can quickly be depleted.

- No checkpoints throughout and when you're kicked back to the start of the level your life isn't replenished.

- Missing several stages from the MSX original, and even some levels in the SMS version have been combined here.

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