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Retro Console Gaming => Sega Chat => Topic started by: TL on February 12, 2012, 16:34:28 PM

Title: Sega Master System Must Have Games!
Post by: TL on February 12, 2012, 16:34:28 PM
So what, for you, are the Sega Master System's must have games?

Well I had a good think and came up with my own top 10 below:

Baku Baku Animal - This is one of my favourite games on the Saturn and it was only recently that I found out a SMS version existed and thankfully it's excellent. It's unique mix of Columns and crazy starving animals is incredibly addictive and an amazing amount of fun, especially in 2-player mode.

R-Type - I was blown away by this conversion the first time I saw it on my friends machine as a kid and its still damn impressive today. The best shoot 'em up on the console it also looks incredible with very little slowdown and flicker even when there are loads of enemies on screen.

Fantasy Zone - Another brilliant horizontally scrolling shoot 'em up but with a wonderfully colourful fantasy comic book like theme. Don't let the incredibly cute graphics trick you into thinking this game is for kids though because its an incredibly solid shooter that will provide many hours of fun.

Golden Axe - It might only be 1-player but this is an amazingly good SMS take on the Sega arcade game. For me this is the best scrolling beat 'em up released for the machine and has graphics so good you might almost mistake them for an early release Megadrive game!

Chase H.Q. - When this first came out in the arcades it quickly became one of my favourite ever games. It took the winning formula of Outrun, changed the Ferrari for a Porsche and added the challenge of smashing people off the road! Taito did a fine job here and gave us the best racing game on the console.

Operation Wolf - Another great conversion from Taito this one wins extra points for being compatible with the Sega Light Phaser. Incredibly popular in the arcades its strange that this game never got released on the Megadrive but when the SMS version is this good who really cares?

Bubble Bobble - This game has to be my favourite platformer ever made! It's wonderful single screen, 2-player gameplay is such good fun that you will go back to it over and over again. A really iconic game matches the great gameplay up with some equally appealing visuals and music you will be humming forever!

Outrun 3D - While the normal version of Outrun is very good on the SMS the 3D version is just brilliant. The 3D effect really does work and adds to the whole experience of the game immensely. If you can track down a set of the glasses then this game should be top of your shopping list!

Gain Ground - Also one of my favourite games for the Megadrive this SMS version is actually barely any different! It looks almost identical, plays exactly the same and is just as enjoyable to play. If you want a really good action strategy game for your SMS then look no further than Gain Ground.

Wonderboy In Monsterland - It has to be said that all the Wonderboy games on the SMS are excellent and a particular highlight of the machine but this one has to be my favourite. WIM adds lots of adventure elements to the platform style gameplay and makes this a really engrossing title for the machine.
Title: Re: Sega Master System Must Have Games!
Post by: dubchaser on February 12, 2012, 18:42:54 PM
How many PAL games were released for the MS?  I'm looking to start collecting a complete PAL library, once my Mega Drive library is complete (currently 50%), may take some time!
Title: Re: Sega Master System Must Have Games!
Post by: TL on February 12, 2012, 18:48:15 PM
Quote from: "dubchaser"
How many PAL games were released for the MS?  I'm looking to start collecting a complete PAL library, once my Mega Drive library is complete (currently 50%), may take some time!

It apparently has 283 PAL games (318 in total) so is actually quite achievable
Title: Re: Sega Master System Must Have Games!
Post by: DEADDOLL666 on February 13, 2012, 01:53:48 AM
sonic
duck hunt
Outrun
Alex kidd in miracle world
altered beast
asterix (used to love the cartoons)
Lemmings
Vigilante -me and my brother used to play this all the time
Wonder boy

To name a few
Title: Re: Sega Master System Must Have Games!
Post by: dubchaser on February 14, 2012, 19:58:41 PM
Quote from: "DEADDOLL666"
duck hunt
To name a few

Duck hunt?  Wasn't that a NES game?  Do you mean Safari Hunt?
Title: Re: Sega Master System Must Have Games!
Post by: TL on February 14, 2012, 20:39:22 PM
I was thinking that  :o

Far superior game too.
Title: Re: Sega Master System Must Have Games!
Post by: DEADDOLL666 on February 17, 2012, 07:44:59 AM
Yeah it was safari hunt.
I just never remember the name of it and for some reason thought it was called duck hunt.
Title: Re: Sega Master System Must Have Games!
Post by: Havantgottaclue on February 25, 2012, 22:04:29 PM
The SMS certainly does punch above its weight in the shooter category. As The Laird has already mentioned, R-Type and Fantasy Zone are both excellent. But there are some unsung heroes too - Cloud Master is definitely worth a look.
Title: Re: Sega Master System Must Have Games!
Post by: CeefaxOfDelphi on March 06, 2012, 13:21:27 PM
Fantasy Zone is certainly a fun game - i used to collect SMS before I got into MD - the boxes always
amused me with their minimal style. 
Title: Re: Sega Master System Must Have Games!
Post by: dcultrapro on March 14, 2012, 12:50:02 PM
hey guys, a few of my fondest Master System games are: (in no particular order)

Zillion 2 the Triformation
Wonderboy 3 the dragons trap
Alex the Kidd in Miracle World
Rampage
Sonic 2
Cool Spot
Strider
Phantasy Star
Master Of Darkness

The Master System is still one of my favourite systems as I had lots of fond memories, I recently bought a master system to mega drive converter so I can play the master system games via my MD which I have an RCA/Scart cable for and can therefore avoid the agony of having to tune it in all the time!!
Title: Re: Sega Master System Must Have Games!
Post by: CeefaxOfDelphi on March 14, 2012, 17:09:13 PM
i always quite enjoyed Master of Darkness too.

has anyone played Lord of Sword?
Title: Re: Sega Master System Must Have Games!
Post by: TL on March 14, 2012, 17:12:57 PM
I have been toying with the idea of getting a Power Base Converter for a while myself
Title: Re: Sega Master System Must Have Games!
Post by: dcultrapro on March 14, 2012, 17:30:26 PM
Quote from: "The Laird"
I have been toying with the idea of getting a Power Base Converter for a while myself

you should man its brilliant, I have scart leads for the MD and 32x which makes the picture A: much better and B: no more tuning hassle, and you get to use the Master System games over it. I think if your crazy enough to try it, it even fits on top of a 32x lol
Title: Re: Sega Master System Must Have Games!
Post by: TL on March 14, 2012, 17:42:43 PM
I have all my machines connected up by Scart (except the 7800 because it only has RF  >:( ) and the difference is so superior. Especially with the Jaguar which looks bloody awful with the standard RF connection.
Title: Re: Sega Master System Must Have Games!
Post by: CeefaxOfDelphi on March 14, 2012, 22:25:49 PM
my retro tv is a crt so old it doesnt have
a scart... i need a new 'old' tv
Title: Re: Sega Master System Must Have Games!
Post by: dcultrapro on March 14, 2012, 23:08:30 PM
lol yeah the Jaguar looked atrocious via RF, I have both the official scart and official RCA cable, on my youtube there are some nice Jaguar games I captured via RCA-USB... that's the thing I'm really annoyed about, I can't capture from the Mega Drive, 32x or Master System as the picture comes out with funny colours :(
Title: Re: Sega Master System Must Have Games!
Post by: 108 Stars on September 19, 2012, 20:34:09 PM
Another great system... here's my top ten:

Title: Re: Sega Master System Must Have Games!
Post by: onthinice on September 20, 2012, 19:38:30 PM
Two of the SMS games I play most:

Choplifter
Rampage
Title: Re: Sega Master System Must Have Games!
Post by: Console Compulsive on February 09, 2013, 12:26:01 PM
My favorites are exactly the same as 108stars list but i have a few more which I would add on.

1) Alex Kid series - All play slightly different but absolutely loved Alex kid in Hi Tec World
2) Aztec Adventure - walk around cutesy hack and bash where you pay peasant animals to die for you
3) Kenseiden - Beautiful Japanese Samirai demon killer platformer.
4) Ys the Vanished Omens - An action RPG with a collision based attack system.
5) Dragon Crystal - Master system port of Fatal Labyrinth
6) Golvelluis:Valley of doom - Zelda like RPG
7) Fantasy Zone - Bright, colourful, twee shoot 'em up
8 ) Zillion - Fantastic Puzzle maze shooter
9) Spellcaster - A great little action RPG
10) Psycho Fox - Brilliant platformer which i'm pretty sure was the fore runner to Decap Attack on the Megadrive.
Title: Re: Sega Master System Must Have Games!
Post by: Crusto on February 09, 2013, 13:58:54 PM
Don't forget the fantastic versions of paperboy and gauntlet, the latter being second only to the MD version in my humble but right opinion!

Y's was the first RPG I played, brilliant. Rastas wasn't too shabby on the MS either and California games was brilliant.
Title: Re: Sega Master System Must Have Games!
Post by: Tachi on February 09, 2013, 19:03:39 PM
For me the only games I really play these days are:
Ghostbusters
Rastan
Heroes of the Lance
Ultima 4
Gauntlet

Not a lot else really speaks to me anymore :)
Title: Re: Sega Master System Must Have Games!
Post by: TL on February 09, 2013, 19:13:30 PM
I somehow forgot to mention it in my original post but the Master System has the best version of Choplifter out there. It's a conversion of the arcade game rather than the Apple II original and it's fantastic.

Another game worth mentioning is Master Of Darkness, I just recently read about this game in Retro Gamer and then got to play it at Video Game Carnival. It's a blatant Castlevania clone but an incredibly good one with some fantastic graphics and brilliant gameplay, highly recommended.
Title: Re: Sega Master System Must Have Games!
Post by: onthinice on March 16, 2013, 03:57:16 AM
I agree Choplifter really shines on the Master System.