RELEASED: 1993 (Arcade)
AVAILABLE ON: ARC, 32X
Next on the list is the ill-fated 32X - but just because of the 32X's ill fate, there's only a total of 40 games in its library, and I can't seem to find the one and only 32X-exclusive game that fits the Monster Mash bill (Night Trap). So let's replace it with another game, which serves as a slight return to another one of VGMania's most prolific and comprehensive marathons - Star Wars Arcade. Back to 32X for a moment; the Sega Saturn was launched in Japan in November 1994, and the scheduled launch in North America and Europe was still seven months away. To tide non-Japanese followers over, Sega developed the 32-bit 32X add-on for the Sega Genesis. One of its launch titles - as well as one of its only console-exclusives, and more successful games, somewhat naturally - was Star Wars Arcade.
Remember to wipe!
|See? Looks much better than a lot of newer|
games that have this very same battle in them...
This slight return to Star Wars was truly more than a bit unexpected, and I'm not necessarily in the right zone right now. Well, this game is so simple that you won't need to be in any sort of zone. You just need to make sure that your right thumb - the shooting thumb - works. May luck be with you.
It's a 32-bit game, so of course they wanted to show off a little with digitized graphics and sound back in a time they weren't that common to experience at home. The music actually sounds quite good, and the song even changes a few times during this three-level game (yep). The theme song's there, as well as the "Imperial March" and the cantina song, which plays on the leaderboard. The "voiceovers" are legendary; I think this game is most famous for Admiral Ackbar's repeated, monotonic "Wipe out enemy fighters" line, which he says in the beginning of each level (well, that IS what the game is all about). I truly cracked up in the start of the last level when he says something like "Attack Death Star.................................... and wipe out enemy fighters!" Wiping, that's the one and only important thing to remember here.
|Don't I always.|
On paper, there are a few options of how to go at the game available to you - in reality, there are only two. Either alone, or with a friend, in the weirdest and most useless mixed setting of a vs. and co-op game in memory. Which you can also play alone, by the way (wtf...?). Regardless whether you take on the arcade version or the Super 32X version, it's the very same game - I think you need to wipe out a few more enemy fighters (bang-bang!) in the "Super 32X" version, though.
|Yeah, I have a bad feeling about this. This is|
about the last flattering screenshot you can
Having a (desperate) friend along might speed up the process to a total of five minutes. So this is how it works: one of you controls the vessel - in this case, Y-Wing - and you both shoot shit up to benefit each other. However, at the same time you compete for a high score, AND as I said, you can just ignore the other crosshair and go at this mode alone. I'm missing a whole handful of points here, the Y-Wing isn't even any different from the X-Wing when it comes to controls and they're indistinguishable from each other when you're using first-person view. Oh, I get it - this game is just fucking boring and useless. Clever!
Yeah, that's exactly what it is - short, boring and useless, but just like the subject of the previous review, a somewhat endearing novelty item I'm sure a sad lot of Star Wars fanatics have risked life and limb for... and quite frankly, I wouldn't be surprised if it turned out the 32X's better games.
+ Ackbar's hilarious
+ The digitized music and graphics are of surprisingly good quality for such an early 32-bit game
- Just three levels and practically just one game mode
- Lasts for a strict maximum of ten minutes (the total time limit of the game)
- The final level's a graphical and technical mess, which is the only thing that makes it more difficult than the first two
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