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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: Apr 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: Mar 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: Jan 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: Sept 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: Nov 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
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Fighting | 4 MB | Sept 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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