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Woody Pop (Game Gear)

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Description

Every system must have a Breakout clone, and every self-respecting developer must have one, especially in the mid-eighties, following the success of Taito's Arkanoid. Sega's answer was called Woody Pop.

With a wooden paddle, which in fact is Woody the tree spirit, you bounce your ball against bricks laid out in a big house filled with toys. The toys will come out to disturb you. When you hit "mystery bricks", wind-up toy soldiers or robots come out, obstructing your ball. On some levels, a toy train will cross your path as well. Speaking of wells, the bottom of the screen is not a big black hole as in most other games of this kind – instead the whole covers only a part of the wall, so that even if you miss the ball, it might bounce back in the corners.

Once a room is cleared, you can choose freely between up to three adjacent rooms to progress to, making this game less linear than usual.

Like any post-Arkanoid game, there is a range of powerups released from special blocks. Most are known from other games such as the double-ball, the growing bat or the "diamond ball", which destroys all blocks in its path without ricocheting. Some invented by Sega are the fire ball, which sets blocks on fire, allowing them to destroy even neighbouring blocks, and the big ball, which hits bricks with more power, thereby destroying brick with one hit that would otherwise have required several.

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Woody Pop Game Gear Here come the soldiers again
Woody Pop Game Gear If you hit the train, it will stop
Woody Pop Game Gear The big ball has a bigger impact than the usual one
Woody Pop Game Gear Released two powerups

Alternate Titles

  • "ウッディポップ・新人類のブロックくずし" -- Japanese Spelling
  • "Woody Pop - Shinjinrui no block-kuzushi" -- Japanese Title

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The Press Says

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Jan, 1992 896 out of 1000 90
Defunct Games Jul 22, 2007 78 out of 100 78
Joystick (French) Dec, 1991 70 out of 100 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jan, 1992 8 out of 12 67
Pixel-Heroes.de Dec, 2006 6 out of 10 60
Game Zero Sep, 1992 52.5 out of 100 52
Gamers (Germany) Aug, 1992 4 out of 15 27

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Trivia

Woody Pop was the last Master System game to be released on Sega Card, as opposed to cartridge. With their 32 kilobyte limitation, cards were no longer a viable option for modern games.

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Игги Друге (39978) added Woody Pop (Game Gear) on Oct 19, 2006
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