Though Streets of Rage is probably the most widely-known game for the old Sega systems, there also exists a similar game with a more medieval setting and a fantastical twist. This game is hack-and-slash beat-em-up Golden Axe. Originally released in arcades in 1989, it was brought out on the Genesis/Mega Drive later that year as well as ported to a variety of consoles including the one at which this review is aimed at: the Master System It is likely that any connoisseur of the older gaming systems is going to tell you that Golden Axe was one of the staples of the Sega systems, and this is a short review that will attempt to argue just how correct this statement is, even when played on the with the help of the Gens+ Rewind emulator.
Vigilante is a beat-em-up game that keeps it very simple. Walking from one side of the level to the other, you will encounter many bad-guy types, all aiming to beat you up whilst you - the vigilante main character that is a martial arts specialist - deliver some street-level justice to the streets of New York. Your girlfriend has been kidnapped and the evil Skinheads gang are the only thing in the way of you saving her, so Vigilante is all about doing so with a series of punches and kicks delivered at the right time and in the right direction. Don't go buying an old Master System to play this title however: it's so short that you're best off just grabbing the Fusion emulator and loading up the Vigilante .sms file.
It is quite difficult to even mention the title "Rocky" without the famous training theme music popping up in people's heads, or at least the "Eye of the Tiger" track that will forever be associated with the films. Rocky for the Master System came out shortly after Rocky IV had been released, bringing the boxing action to the 8-bit world. It is (to put it generously) a simple boxing game, though not simple in its difficulty but rather its mechanics and its overall length, which is short by any standards. Still, taking a look back at this Master System version can be nostalgic for some, and all it takes is an emulator (for this one I chose Gens+ Rewind for convenience), a PC and around 20 minutes of your time.
There are a lot of icons in the video game world: Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Mario, Lara Croft, and Donkey Kong just to name a few. It is a little rarer these days to see iconic characters emerge from video games however. It seems that these days things move the other way, with comic-book legends such as Superman and Batman making their way to the big screen and eventually computer/console screens. Because of this it feels like you're looking back into the rather distant past when playing Batman Returns for the Master System. This game's graphics aren't a patch on those of modern day games, but this game borne of the incredibly successful movie with the same name has a large number of positives that are covered in this review.
There are few movies out there more apt for quoting from than Terminator 2: Judgement Day, but what better movie for a video game to be inspired by than the very same title? This game shouldn't be confused with Terminator 2: The Arcade Game since the game being reviewed here is the one for the Master System that is based on the Terminator 2: Judgement Day movie. Released in 1991, this Master System title is a platform game as opposed to a shooter, but as the review will remind people this game certainly has its merits as well as its flaws.
If you were part of the Sega Master System, Sega Genesis, Or SNES generation, then you're more than likely going to have a preference when it comes to old-school racing games. The choice is ample, from the SNES' "futuristic" F-Zero and all-time classic Mario Kart to Sega games like the bike-racing classic that is Super Hang-On. Those that enjoyed the more professional and marginally more realistic racers however would definitely have opted for the officially licensed F1 games. F1 is the game under review here, a game that spawned a number of sequels in the years after its reelase. F1 itself was released in 1993 and a is a perfect ROM to load up into Freeze SMS or any of your favourite emulators to pass a bit of time.
Perhaps the only yellow family in existence that can be recognised across the world regardless of language, The Simpsons are a global phenomenon and a hugely successful franchise to say the least. There have been a few modern-day Simpsons games of varying quality, but relatively few will remember The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants for the 8-bit Master System console. This video game was the first ever to be based on the hit show, and it was released in 1991. A platform game that involves thwarting a group of mutants' plans for world domination, this is a short game with high difficulty that can be easily experienced through an emulator like Fusion.