Wednesday 20 September 2023

Taz-Mania (Sega Master System review)

Developer: Technical Wave
Publisher: Sega
Released: 1992

Taz-Mania is an action-platformer that's exclusive to Sega's 8-bit console.

+ Level design improves as you progress and eventually opens up to include more adventurous areas with multiple paths.

+ Stage 3-2 features some tricky platforming in treacherous caves, along with excellent use of verticality to test your skills.

+ Taz's spin attack is effective in all situations and the momentum-based physics (e.g. walking down slopes) are impressive.

- Controls aren't tight enough and Taz reacts rather sensitively and unpredictably to your inputs, especially when in mid-air.

- Collecting a star for temporary invincibility isn't as carefree as you'd expect, as you can still take damage from stray bombs.

- Bosses are armed with extremely simple attack patterns that can be spotted (and exploited) within a handful of seconds.

- Between stage text attempts to create a back story for your adventure, but it transitions away before it can be fully read.

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