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Based on the character developed by Belgian cartoon artist Franquin, this platform features the player controlling Marsupilami, a strange animal with a large tail, who was poached along with Bonelli the Elephant from the Palombian jungle by Bring M. Backalive and sold to a Circus. Seizing the opportunity when the animal trainer fell asleep, Marsupilami got the key using his long tail and released all animals, and with the help of their Palombian friends Noé, Bip and Sarah tries to return to Palombia.

While it might seem a typical platform game at first sight, it includes a twist: Instead of dozens of enemies, Marsupilami has to guide Bonelli through gaps and other obstacles (not much different than the Earthworm Jim levels where Jim has to steer Peter Puppy to safety), by shaping his tail intro stairs, bridges or an umbrella, but to do so, he must first collect an icon with the abilities required to complete the level, up to four on each. Always available is the ability to shape into a giant fist not only to swat guards and other enemies away, but also to change Bonelli's direction. The player also collects fruits along the way, which not only provide extra points at the end of the level, but can be dropped out to slow down Bonelli. Each level is timed, so the player can't make many mistakes, even if some time bonus items are occasionally available.


Marsupilami Genesis The levels
Marsupilami Genesis The first obstacle is simple
Marsupilami Genesis Title screen
Marsupilami Genesis Swatting a circus guard

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Joypad Oct, 1995 84 out of 100 84
Sega Saturn Magazine Nov, 1995 82 out of 100 82
Super Power (Sweden) Nov, 1995 75 out of 100 75
Mega Fun Oct, 1995 72 out of 100 72
Video Games Oct, 1995 64 out of 100 64
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) May, 1996 25 out of 40 62
Electric Playground Jul 08, 1996 6 out of 10 60
Gamers (Germany) Nov, 1995 C+ 58 Jul 17, 2015 5 out of 10 50
GamePro (US) Jun, 1996 2.5 out of 5 50


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Luis Silva (13604) added Marsupilami (Genesis) on Oct 12, 2006