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Category Description User Score
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Critic Reviews

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The sound effects are a bit scratchy, but they do deliver a nice, meaty sound when Supes punches and kicks the game's various mutant baddies. Shifting to the Genesis' more limited color pallette actually seems to have brightened up the backgrounds a bit, though this just highlights the simplicity of the earlier stages.
Mega Fun (Jul, 1995)
Anhänger des Supermankults werden dieses Spiel schon alleine wegen der Zwischensequenzen lieben. Doch was bietet das Spiel selbst? Die verschiedenen Schlagmöglichkeiten ergeben in Kombination mit der Superwaffe, dem Spezialangriff und der Flugfähigkeit eigentlich alles, was das Beat‘em Uper-Herz begehrt. Dank der vier zusätzlichen Superhelden und der auflockernden Flugrunden ist auch für die nötige Abwechslung gesorgt. Die Grafik setzt sicherlich keine neuen Maßstäbe, ist aber trotzdem akzeptabel und ansehnlich. In Sachen Sound und FX hätte man unsere supersensiblen Öhrchen zwar etwas mehr verwöhnen können, alles in allem ist das Gedudel aber doch recht erträglich. The Death and Return of Superman ist das ideale Spiel für Beat‘em Up liebende Supermänner, alle gewöhnlichen Sterblichen dürfen trotzdem getrost mal reinschaun.
Although there are plenty of methods of attack in this game (heat vision, bombs, energy blasts, etc.), your primary method of attack, running around and punching with your fists, can get a little old after a while. Even so, this is one of the better superhero games for the Sega Genesis, and you'll have a good time playing it.
Video Games (Jul, 1995)
Mit einer kleinen Zeitverzögerung dürfen nun auch die MD-Supermänner losknüppeln. Der Schwerpunkt bei Return of Superman liegt beim munteren Prügeln. Gutes Timing und etwas Übung bis man die richtige Taktik gefunden hat, sind besonders bei den Schlußgegnern gefragt. Leider wurde dafür beim Spielwitz gespart. Kaum neue Ideen, ein wenig motivierender Spielfluß und reichlich gleich aussehende Sprites lassen nur mäßigen Spielspaß aufkommen. Auch wenn die Superheldentricks Abwechslung in das sonst recht monotone Durchboxen bringen, bleibt nicht viel mehr übrig, als das übliche Final-Fight-Geprügel. Hätten sich die Designer in Sachen Spielablauf mehr einfallen lassen, wäre die Wertung für die Superhelden sicherlich besser ausgefallen.
GamePro (US) (Mar, 1995)
The now-classic adventure of Superman's demise is colorful and bright, but the gameplay's far too repetitive to hold your interest to the end.
Basically a side-scrolling punch-up, except you control a superhero. This would be pretty standard stuff, but the very cheap hits and control that aren't always so great hamper the effect.
40 (Nov 19, 2007)
Maybe diehard fans of the DC Comics powerhouse will find The Death and Return of Superman a fair example of license goodness, even if it cannibalizes the license in the worst way possible. Maybe the more forgiving among us will cite technological limitations as an excuse for the slapdash presentation and clumsy gameplay. But those who are uncolored by the tint of nostalgia will definitely find there's more to chew on in the Streets of Rage series, the short but sweet Hyperstone Heist or the superlative Comix Zone. Otherwise just stay away from this piece of gaming Kryptonite.
The Video Game Critic (Feb 27, 2016)
Palette-swapped thugs are to be expected, but this game takes the "cookie cutter" concept to whole new level by duplicating entire stages with different color schemes. It's a shame because the game itself is quite playable with large characters, smooth animation, and tight controls. I love how Superman grabs enemies and hurls them into walls much like the Caped Crusader in Batman Returns (SNES, 1992). The fact that the walls actually incur damage may be the highlight of the game. Superman will take flight if you tap C twice, and he looks cool hovering over a backdrop of layered buildings.[..] Superman's eye beam attack is positively worthless, but his ground pound (A+B) is effective. The action is one-player-only, there's no score, and it's impossible to make significant progress without the Game Genie. Considering how far side-scrollers progressed by 1994, Death and Return of Superman comes off as a super lazy effort.