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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.5
Graphics The visual quality of the game 2.2
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.8
Overall User Score (6 votes) 2.9

Critic Reviews

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Hey Poor Player (Oct 30, 2016)
Graphically Pengo is pretty faithful to the original, just very downsized. The sprites are nicely animated but are much bigger than the blocks for some reason so it all looks a bit out of proportion. You do feel the programmers could have made a bit more effort in this area. Pengo does fair a bit better in the audio department though, there’s some really jaunty music playing throughout and also a host of excellent sound effects. Most importantly though Pengo gets the gameplay just right with tight controls, which is very important as this game requires very precise movements, and a well-paced difficulty curve. The Game Gear version of Pengo, despite its small changes, is very addictive and will be one of those titles you come back to again and again. A lot people scoffed at a game as old as Pengo being ported to Sega’s new handheld back 1991. But you can see why it was resurrected, as it makes for an almost perfect handheld experience.
Game Power (Dec, 1991)
Non potete perdere l'occasione di giocare qualcosa che ormai fa parte della storia dei videogiochi.
Sega Power (Oct, 1991)
Ancient gameplay but it's wonderful! Slide the ice blocks to squash the enemies! Wonderful mix of speedy reactions and strategic thinking. Simple, cute and very playable.
Zero (May, 1991)
Each progressive round sees craftier, more numerous sno bees, plus other twists to keep challenging your skills, and so holds your interest enough to keep you coming back for more.
neXGam (2002)
Pengo ist eines dieser vielen Geschicklichkeitsspiele, die gegen Ende der 80er Jahre / Anfang der 90er Jahre besonders den Handheldmarkt überfluteten. Schnell erlernt und fesselnd kann man ihm einen gewissen Suchtfaktor nicht absprechen, allerdings zehren besonders das fehlende Passwortsystem und der teils doch frustig-schwere Schwierigkeitsgrad an den Nerven verwöhnter Spieler heutzutage. Wer auf dieses Genre steht, kann ja dennoch mal einen Blick wagen..
Sega Pro (UK) (Mar, 1992)
Even today it's still very good; play it once and you'll be hooked for quite a while. It may end up repetitive but it is initially a lot of fun. 'Nuff said.
Génération 4 (Nov, 1990)
Quelle surprise que de retrouver parmi les premiers jeux de la Game-Gear, une adaptation d'un jeu d'arcade particulièrement vieux. Pengo, dans lequel vous dirigez un pingouin devant survivre et éliminer des mutants des glaces, est en effet presque aussi vieux que Pac-Man !
Gamers (Germany) (Feb, 1992)
Wer hat schon Lust, sich von den wilden Sno-Bees fressen zu lassen? Niemand? Dann flugs in die Federn gespuckt und ran an die Eisblöcke, um die Schurken zu zermatschen.
Player One (Dec, 1991)
La revoilà. Le classique, le célèbre, le mythologique, l'illustre Pengo. La Game Gear a cet honneur. Mais forcément, le resultat n'est pas le même que sur borne d'arcade.
Retro Archives (Nov 23, 2019)
Pengo sur Game Gear aura au moins réussi à accomplir un fantasme qui avait toutes les chances de paraître inaccessible à l’époque: transposer fidèlement un jeu d’arcade sur la console portable de SEGA. Seulement, eut égard à l’âge canonique du titre en question, on aurait quand même apprécié un minimum de prise de risque, comme l’apparition d’un mode deux joueurs en simultané ou, au minimum, d’un nouveau mode de jeu.
Sega Power (Sep, 1992)
Remember this one? Ancient gameplay but it's still decent enough. Slide the ice blocks to squash your enemies and make with the strategic thinking. Simple, fairly dull and with no longevity.
Sega Force (UK) (Apr, 1992)
Only for ardent fans of the genre.
The Video Game Critic (Dec 28, 2016)
You need to act fast to hit an enemy crossing your path, but the controls don't do you any favors. They feel so... slippery. Okay, I know - it's an ice game - but work with me here. Half the time instead of pushing a block you accidentally slide around it instead, placing yourself in harm's way. Still, Pengo's pure simplicity makes the game addictive. The harmonized music is catchy and the dancing penguin intermissions are funny. I don't normally do the "import thing" with my Game Gear, but titles like this are worth it. Note: Game Gear cartridges are region-free.
Mean Machines (Nov, 1992)
Adopt the heroic mantle of a vengeance-crazed penguin out to crash marauding invaders with big blocks of ice in this decent conversion of the aging coin-op. Like PacMan, this is simple and quite addictive, but the novelty soon wears off very quickly.
Sega Does (Feb 06, 2017)
Every console launch has a game (or games, depending) that doesn’t belong. A game that would never succeed outside of the launch window, but because early adopters are desperate to play anything, they’ll buy it. Pengo fits comfortably into this slot for the Game Gear. If you’re not a racing fan and Columns‘ falling-block antics weren’t your cuppa, your only other option was a port of an eight-year-old arcade game that’s only fun for a few minutes. Take that, Nintendo?