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Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (Genesis)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.6
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

For What Is Is, It Remains A Classic. Guy Chapman (1745) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
You've Been Touched By A Smooth Criminal! ETJB (447) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars
"Michael!" MrBee (29) unrated
A good game of its time Robbb (125) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
This is a decent cash-in, but I prefer the arcade version more. Mavi Bacon (15) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.4
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.5
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.5
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.1
Overall MobyScore (42 votes) 3.6


The Press Says

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100
VideoGame
Este jogo tem como personagem principal a grande estrela da música Michael Jackson. Aqui, ele faz de tudo para salvar as crianças que estão sob a mira do terrível Mr. Big. Ao longo de quatro fases, Michael Jackson dança ao som da sua própria trilha sonora e dá pontapés ao mesmo tempo.
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Player One
Bref, un jeu sublime, qui change de ce que l'on a l'habitube de voir et qui motive, à lui tout seul, l'achat d'une Megadrive. Il suffit d'écouter la bande sonore (tous les grands titres de Jackson sont magistralement orchestrés) pour s'en rendre compte. Et puis je vais vous faire un aveu: Michaël Jackson, he l'adooooooooooore, Aouuuuuuh!
90
Sega Power
A classic game that will keep you enthralled for ages. Brilliant graphics, fantastic touches to the gameplay and a soundtrack second to none. Moonwalker has loads of brilliant gimmicks, but is an excellent game as well. Bad? Definitely not!
83
1UP!
Malheureusement, on a déjà fait le tour de Moonwalker. A part Michael et ses danses magiques, il faut bien admettre qu'il ne propose pas grand chose de bien marquant et cache en réalité un jeu d'action et de plates-formes très sommaire et peu intéressant qui a très mal vieilli visuellement, un peu comme Altered Beast, le côté fluo en moins. A partir du niveau des cavernes, l'effet Michael commence à s'user et la médiocrité du titre se ressent plus clairement: marre de ramasser des gosses dans des niveaux trop similaires ! Malgré tout, Michael Jackson's Moonwalker demeure un classique et pour cause, ce n'est pas tous les jours que l'on combat des morts-vivants et des robots en dansant ! De plus, sur certains points, la réalisation fait tout à fait honneur à la Megadrive, au niveau de l'animation et du son en particulier, avec aussi une bonne maniabilité malgré quelques problèmes mineurs (collisions).
81
Mean Machines
When Moonwalker first came into the office, it proved to be extremely popular - just for the comedy value alone. Cameo screens with an animated Michael asking "Who's Bad?" give this game a comic aspect unrivalled by any other Megadrive game. The formation dancing is great as well - even the dogs and spiders join in! However, as with the Master System version, the limited gameplay may put a lot of hardened gamesters off. Highly recommended to Jackson fans (are their any left?) who like rescuing kids.
73
Just Games Retro
Michael Jackson is an easy target to joke about nowadays, but there was a time when he was in his prime, and this game hails from that era. It perfectly captures the Michael Jackson persona from his videos, and contains some pretty laugh-out-loud moments, because the character you're controlling is doing exactly the kind of stuff Jackson would on MTV. The game is short, which works in its benefit, as the game never rises above the find-the-children mission level after level. If you hate the game by the first level, you can stop. Though, if you still remember 80s Michael Jackson, this game is worth playing for some great nostalgia.
70
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA)
Moonwalker reste un bon jeu qui plaira certainement plus à ceux qui sont sensibles aux anciens tubes du King of Pop ou pour ceux qui ont fait le tour des beat them all sur MegaDrive. Compte tenu du prix dérisoire de cette cartouche aujourd'hui il serait dommage de s'en priver.
67
The Video Game Critic
Moonwalker's music is sensational. I cranked up the volume while playing this game through my stereo, and my friends were amazed by the strong bass and overall quality. Each stage offers a fine rendition of a classic track, including Smooth Criminal, Beat It, and Billy Jean. Moonwalker is a treat for gamers and its sheer novelty makes it a fine addition to any Genesis collection.
60
The Review Busters
Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker is a fine game if you haven’t played any games past the Genesis era. The music was entertaining and the gameplay for the most part wasn’t half bad. Sure if you compare this to the best platform game on either the Genesis or SNES then this game stinks.
59
Power Play
"Bad" ist die Videospielumsetzung von Moonwalker keineswegs. Die Programmierer haben eine recht geschickte Mischung aus Filmelementen und solidem Actionspielprinzip hingelegt. Das weißgewandte Jackson-Sprite tänzelt elegant über den Bildschirm, und die Musik ist technisch hervorragend gelungen. Man wippt angetan mit und ist von den Songs nie genervt. Das Spiel selber bietet solide Unterhaltung, aber wenig Neues und ist zu leicht. Selbst wenn Ihr den höchsten Schwierigkeitsgrad wählt, spielt Ihr Moonwalker zu schnell durch. Davon abgesehen ein anständiges Modul für Michael-Jackson-Fans.
55
Lens of Truth
Moonwalker is a pretty average game all the way around. Don’t get me wrong, this is not Shaq-Fu by any means, and if you think about it, how good did you really expect Moonwalker to be? It’s a game based on a movie, made by a pop singer (albeit Michael Jackson). That fact that it is even average is a miracle. Platforming fans may want leave this one retired in the vault as it likely won’t impress you like others in the genre. For MJ fan’s however, if you don’t already own it, its a no brainier. I’d pick it up while it’s still hovering around the $50.00 mark.
50
SwankWorld
On one hand, this was a great opportunity for Sega to cash in on Jackson’s popularity and promote their new console at the same time, on the other, the game feels like an obvious quick cash-in. The arcade game wasn’t much more than what the Genesis was doing a year after its release and this game could have benefited from the extra development time. A version of the game was also developed for the Sega Master System and there was a sequel for the Genesis and Arcade planned a couple years later, but the first child molestation scandal killed that idea quickly. In all, if you’re not a fan of Michael Jackson, the generic platforming elements mixed with the repetitive gameplay will do little to hold your interest here.
50
Thunderbolt Games
So basically, Michael Jackson's Moonwalker is fun at times, but even compared to other platformers of the 16-bit era it can be a bit on the monotonous side. If you are a diehard fan of The King of Pop or are dying for another Genesis platformer to add to your collection, Moonwalker isn't a terrible choice; but it almost certainly won't be a game you'll keep going back to, even for nostalgia value.
45
IGN
You cannot take anything away from Jackson's musical and performance legacy, but this bit of vanity simply falls apart due to pure laziness. The dance moves are a hoot at the beginning, as are the first few sights of the game's weirdness, but then the whole thing collapses into banality. Everything is stuck on repeat. You may want to rescue this one from a garage sale for the quirk factor, but it will not spend much time in your Genesis.
40
Sega-16.com
Bubbles? Yes, Bubbles. The chimp. Moonwalker is always looking to freak you out in new and stranger ways and the appearance of Bubbles just defies any logic. Once you save all the girls, he'll (and I'm not making this up) fly in on a shooting star to take his position on top of your shoulders where he will point you in the direction of the boss. Oh, and when I say boss, I really mean a collection of the same plain thugs that assaulted you throughout the level. Such a mediocre climax is typical of a game that, once you look past the dancing of Michael, is a thoroughly dull experience. Of course, the moves of Michael are really the main attraction here, and it is enjoyably disturbing to see him strut through levels screeching like a… well I'm not sure what. But why not just play the arcade version instead? It's more entertaining than this boring trudge through murky settings in pursuit of a bad guy who hides girls in bushes.
33
GameCola.net
Overall, you should feel ashamed if you enjoy this game. It's a generic attempt to cash in on the movie's popularity by creating another lackluster licensed videogame. The soundtrack is good if you are a fan of Jackson's music, but the overall game itself is lacking and brings nothing new to the table. Sorry MJ, it's time to "Beat It". Okay sorry, I know the joke was awful.