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Wayne Gretzky and the NHLPA All-Stars

MobyRank MobyScore
DOS
48
...
Genesis
72
3.0
SNES
58
4.2
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Description

One of the many hockey games released, this version not only let the player control Gretzky, but other major players of the time as well such as Mario Lemieux, Eric Lindros, Mark Messier among many others, 600 total. It also features the 26 NHL teams at the time as well as 6 International teams to choose from.

The gameplay is similar to many other hockey games with the standard modes such as Exhibition, Season, Playoffs or even a "Just Play" option that instantly took the player to a random game. There is also a "Simulation Mode" that gives the game an authentic feel complete with penalties or an "Arcade Mode" that was more action oriented and with less rules. A battery back-up keeps extensive track of stats and has a two-player option as well.

Screenshots

Wayne Gretzky and the NHLPA All-Stars SNES Shoot out practice - controlling the goalie.
Wayne Gretzky and the NHLPA All-Stars SNES Team rankings
Wayne Gretzky and the NHLPA All-Stars SNES Instant replay
Wayne Gretzky and the NHLPA All-Stars SNES Face off

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The Press Says

Game Players Genesis May, 1995 79 out of 100 79
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis May, 1995 7.25 out of 10 72
Electric Playground SNES Apr 24, 1996 6.5 out of 10 65
Sega-16.com Genesis Feb 25, 2010 6 out of 10 60
PC Games (Germany) DOS Apr, 1996 59 out of 100 59
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Genesis May, 1995 5 out of 10 50
PC Player (Germany) DOS Mar, 1996 49 out of 100 49
High Score DOS Jun, 1996 2 out of 5 40
Electric Playground DOS Aug 12, 1996 4 out of 10 40
Super Power (Sweden) SNES Feb, 1996 32 out of 100 32

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Trivia

Team colors

As with many games that did not feature a license to include real teams, the developers also assigned different colour combinations to each team (as, for instance, a Detroit team dressed in all red could fall into the "likeness" aspect of the Detroit Red Wings trademark, particularly with low resolution graphics). However, they also made it easy to subvert this: when editing the default team colour combinations, the player can simply press "up" once on each team to get their original colours.

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