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SEGA - For Game Gear
Sonic: Triple Trouble
Action-Platformer | 2 MB
Release: November 1994
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Joining Sonic & Knuckles on store shelves this holiday season is the newest in an increasingly long line of Game Gear Sonic titles. Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble features the return of the famous blue hedgehog alongside everyone's favorite flying fox. The evil Dr. Robotnik is up to no good again, twisting the mind of Knuckles against our heroes! Traverse a plethora of new zones - from snow-capped mountains to underwater factories - and try your best to collect the secret emeralds. Sega brought excellent graphics and sounds as usual for their flagship franchise, but little separates this from the previous entries. A fun one, nonetheless!


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Taito - For Game Gear
Bubble Bobble
Puzzle-Platformer | 2 MB
Release: November 1994
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A classic Taito puzzle game returns with Bubble Bobble for Game Gear. Once limited exclusively to the NES, this puzzler is now available for Sega players to enjoy on-the-go. Battle through an abundance of levels, destroying silly enemies and collecting various foodstuffs to boost your points. Despite its relative simplicity, at least compared to the more advanced assortment of games in our 16-Bit era, we believe Puzzle Bobble will strike a chord with all audiences due to its arcade-like addictive nature. Taito truly harkens back to a time when gameplay was prioritized over graphics. A top-notch choice for portable fans.


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Acclaim - For Game Gear
Mortal Kombat II
Fighter | 4 MB
Release: September 1994
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Featuring all the blood and gore from the home systems, Mortal Kombat II on Game Gear is a fine treat for fighting game fans to enjoy on-the-go. As in the Game Boy version, Rayden, Baraka, King Lao, and Cage are absent, and those eight playable fighters have slightly limited movesets. Playability is on-par with decent controls for the three-button movement scheme. Despite huge sprites and a pounding soundtrack, MK II on the Sega portable is hindered by animation skips and an arduous combo mechanic. Be sure to grab a friend with their own Game Gear brick, as two-player mode requires a second system. Otherwise, enjoy playing the computer!


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SEGA - For Game Gear
Shining Force
Strategy RPG | 4 MB
Release: September 1994
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At long last an RPG has landed on the Game Gear! Our team celebrated Sonic Software Planning's original Shining Force for Genesis, and it's no small feat to see this tiny follow-up appear in the U.S. Sega's localization is named The Sword of Hajya in honor of a powerful blade owned by the Prince of Cypress. Along with the enticing storyline, Shining holds the same flavor of tactical gameplay elements seen in the console iteration without feeling too complex. This title features excellent visuals for the portable screen with a varied array of colors and sprites, rounding out a fine entry in the Shining saga. We dearly hope Shining Force CD is coming up next for this enjoyable saga!


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SEGA - For Game Gear
Dynamite Headdy
Action-Platformer | 4 MB
Release: September 1994
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The developers behind the wicked Gunstar Heroes are back with, oh - wait! Yes, Treasure has developed a Game Gear version of Dynamite Headdy to accompany the more detailed Genesis title. The portable iteration retains the attitude-heavy Headdy in a scaled-down adventure filled with super fun platforming and wacko enemies. The tinier sprite graphics are a bit rough compared to 16-Bit, making it a tad burdensome to get a read on things. For Game Gear standards, this cart contains an above-average color palette and level design, even if it suffers from blurriness from time to time. Practice on this smaller Headdy to prepare for the true challenge on Genesis!


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SEGA - For Game Gear
Asterix
Puzzle-Platformer | 4 MB
Release: June 1994
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Your Review Crew took a stern look at the recent Genesis outing of Asterix in our May issue, ultimately granting it a mediocre score for underwhelming and rather unoriginal gameplay. Asterix and the Great Rescue on Game Gear, to our dismay, is much the same. As with its big brother, Asterix emits average action and standard platforming. Controls are a mess due to awful hit detection. The graphics aren't half bad, and we noticed a touch of creativity in the power-up weapon choices (levitation is neat!), but with steep competition from superior platformers on Game Gear, we recommend passing up this no-good Gaul. Sorry, Asterix fans.


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Absolute - For Game Gear
Super Battletank
Simulation | 2 MB
Release: June 1994
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Take control of an unstoppable war machine in Super Battletank, a simulation game available now for Game Gear systems. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to steer this vessel through enemy territory during the dark days of the Persian Gulf War. Your M1A1 tank must shoot down helicopters, annihilate opposing tanks, and take out strongholds on the militaristic quest to restore something-or-other. The highlight here is the first-person view, a curiosity to see on a handheld, but the game itself drags on a tad - and the tank drags on even slower. Maybe worth a try for Game Gear owners itchin' for a fight.


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SEGA - For Game Gear
Aladdin
Act-Platformer | 4 MB
Release: April 1994
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Prince of Persia, is that you? This, the portable iteration of Disney's Aladdin available now on Game Gear, looks and plays extraordinarily like a toned-down Persia. Run through maze-like stages, jump and dodge over obstacles, find keys and open locked doors, and escape those guards! As far as Game Gear games go, you could certainly do much worse than this miniaturized Aladdin. Character models are identifiable, backgrounds are well-drawn, and the music isn't half bad either. Our team found it easy with a capital Z, so less experienced players may be more entertained.


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Acclaim - For Game Gear
NBA Jam
Sports | 4 MB
Release: March 1994
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PPM reviewed the ginormous hit, NBA Jam, in last month's issue, but we figured it was apt to specifically give kudos to the team over at Acclaim for delivering a well-done version for the Game Gear. It may be shrunken down too small to fit the iconic announcer or the splendid 16-Bit graphics, but the grab-and-go nature of NBA Jam on Game Gear means none of that matters. The core gameplay of the Super NES and Genesis titles are here, as well as every NBA team! Arcade fans will love this bit-sized version to get their fix on the road. PPM recommends this for all Game Gear owners.


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SEGA - For Game Gear
X-Men
Action-Platformer | 4 MB
Release: January 1994
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Attention, Mutants! The Juggernaut is causing havoc at Hoover Dam! It's up to Wolverine and Cyclops to calm the chaos, later joined by their superpowered comrades as the game goes on. This action title includes tough boss fights with Magneto's minions and some thought-inducing platforming with the use of your Spin Jump ability. Crisp and clean graphics for Game Gear standards, though we've seen better on SEGA's mini console. The music is so-so and at times may leave you reaching for that mute dial. Be sure to bring extra AAs, since some of these sprawling levels never end! A decent rental for X-Men fans, lackluster elsewise.


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SEGA - For Game Gear
Streets of Rage 2
Brawler | 8 MB
Release: September 1993
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The Sega brawler makes its way to the portal Game Gear for the second time with Streets of Rage 2. This outing is a very nice interpretation of the original 1992 Genesis cart that gives players a 16-bit-like package shrunk down to the size of a GG pak. At its bones, this game is the same type of beat-'em-up experience! The animations and play mechanics are somewhat dated, though no less fun. Though your assortment of pick-up items is limited and the graphics are toned down for the portable, all Game Gear owners should try out this cart for a real on-the-go treat.


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SEGA - For Game Gear
Sonic Chaos
Platformer | 8 MB
Release: November 1993
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Our spiny friend is back again with Sonic Chaos on Game Gear. Released in November on the 1-Year Anniversary of Sonic 2sDay, alongside Spinball, Chaos is an entirely new adventure featuring Sonic and Tails the Fox. Sega's newest portable offering is easier than most, showering rings onto the player and shoving power-ups in your face, but the true challenge here is tracking down the chaos emeralds before Robotnik gets his paws on 'em. Sonic also has a nifty pair of rocket shoes for some flying action! This one garners a strong recommendation.


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Arena - For Game Gear
Mortal Kombat
Fighting | 4 MB
Release: September 1993
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Now, if you're looking for Mortal Kombat in a portable form without sacrificing too much of the original arcade flare, our recommendation is to hit up Arena's Game Gear version straight away. The graphics are commendable (blood included!) and the controls are mostly responsive and accurate as they ought to be. All of the fighters aside from Kano are here to choose from - Don't ask us why Kano missed the memo, maybe he had a dentist appointment! Sound design is not great, lacking notably in the voice department but still a cut above the Game Boy edition. For a condensed Kombat-lite, pick up this cart before taking a long car trip.


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