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Popful Mail Reviews (SEGA CD)

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A fun, RPG-light with well-done story elements zemonn (176) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
Easily one of the best games to ever hit the Sega CD. Joey Zamingo (82) 2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars

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Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 4.2
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.9
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.7
Overall User Score (10 votes) 3.9

Critic Reviews

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In the end, Popful Mail is really the perfect game for the Sega CD format. You get some gorgeous visuals, beautiful CD-quality sound complete with a ton of voiced dialogue, and an extremely long quest to keep even the most veteran RPG player busy for 30+ hours. If you're looking for a solid action rpg and don't mind a nice platforming twist, then look no further as Popful Mail is one of the best games you can buy for the Sega CD system and in truth, is almost reason enough to own one by itself.
RPGFan (Feb 18, 1998)
I recommend Popful to any one who likes WD's brand of humor, as well as a break from the usual, more involved RPGs. With that said I shall leave you now with the infamous words of Nutts Cracker " I gotta you now boomba hunter!"
The Video Game Critic (Feb 07, 2012)
Still, Popful Mail is a quality title that will keep you busy for a long time. Its colorful instruction manual is embossed, printed on heavy stock, and contains interesting translation notes. If you're a Sega CD collector, this is one title you'll definitely want in your collection.
Weapons and armor could be upgraded, and items were purchased to refill life in the battlefield. While basic in gameplay, the desire to further the hilarious storyline kept you glued to your Sega CD like few other games in the system's library, and still hauls booty today.
90 (Jun 24, 2004)
You owe it to yourself to check this one out. The story is great, the gameplay is tight and fluid, and the voices and music are awesome. This is the kind of game that made Working Design famous, and the type that seems to be slowly fading from video games today.

I go back to PM every so often, just to see the cut scenes (did I mention there are several in the game?) and to hear the music. It's not that expensive and well worth getting. The next time someone tells you there are no good games for the Sega CD, toss this little gem at 'em!
Defunct Games (Feb 19, 2006)
Working Designs is now, well, defunct. But let us remember the happier times. Sega CD was not the first console that Working Designs published games for, but thanks to a little franchise called Lunar, the system did help put the company on the map. In between those two releases came another quality localization in the form of the sidescroller Popful Mail.
Mega Fun (Apr, 1995)
Action-Adventure Getreue legen sich diese CD ohnehin unbesehen zu, zumal Mail, gemessen am Umfang. das Potential des Mediums wirklich ausschöpft. Die Story mit ihren fein ausgearbeiteten Charakteren, den Anime-Zwischensequenzen und der oft humorvollen Sprachausgabe könnte stimmungsvoller kaum ausfallen. Man muß Mail einfach gleich ins Herz schließen, und selbst ihre Gegenspieler lernt man mit der Zeit immer mehr zu schätzen. Genau das ist es, was ein Action-Adventure letztendlich auszeichnen sollte: Den Spieler eine Welt voller merkwürdiger Gestalten, Gefahren und Abenteuer zu entführen, auf daß er seiner Fantasie freien Lauf lassen kann. Der Action-Part nimmt sich nicht minder bescheiden aus, mit Endgegnern, die einem wirklich ein Ende setzen, intuitiven Menüs... Working Designs hat sogar Kleinigkeiten wie ein liebevoll gestaltetes Booklet gedacht. Popful Mail wurde schlicht und einfach von Spielern für Spieler erdacht.
Legendra (May 27, 2002)
Ainsi, si vous aimez les formes chez les femmes, ou si vous êtes vous même une femme et si vous aimez les magiciens naïfs mais beau gosse, ou si encore vous n'êtes ni une femme, ni un homme (ben z'êtes quoi alors ??!), ce jeu peut encore vous convenir puisqu'il y a un charmant/charmante (comme toujours, rayez la mention...) troll-chauve-souris avec une voix quelque peut "vinaigrée" qui vous satisfera sans nul doute ! Sur ce je m'en vais tripoter... Heu ! Jouer à ce jeu!
GamePro (US) (Apr, 1995)
Advanced dungeon goers will see through this one right away. There are no puzzles or challenges that they haven't faced before. But with solid gameplay, Popful Mail will entice both the adventure crowd and easy-to-please RPG gamers.
Video Games (Jul, 1994)
Tolle Grafik, Superspielprinzip und als Japanobonbon die animierten Zwischensequenzen mit CD-Sprachausgabe. Besonders die Sprites sind vom Feinsten: Von den Haaren bis hin zu den Zehen ist alles durchanimiert, sowohl bei Freund als auch Feind. Wenn einmal eine wichtige Hürde im Spiel, sprich der Boßgegner, genommen ist, bieten die anschließend animierten Zwischensequenzen einen besonderen Reiz. Ständig mit CD-Musik und -Sound untermalt, jagt ein cooler Spruch den anderen. Natürlich wären hier Japanischkenntnisse von Vorteil, aber diejenigen, die es genauer wissen wollen, sollten sich bis Herbst gedulden bis die englische Version von Working Designs erscheint.
Game Players (Feb, 1995)
Popful Mail was originally released in Japan by Falcom, who designed the Ys series. This means it's as much of an action title as RPG and it's aimed at a slightly younger audience as well. However, the game has also been completely re-designed and re-vamped by Working Designs, so it doesn't matter how old you are, Popful Mail is pretty cool.
Here's a game that could've been Sister Sonic. Instead, it uses unknown characters. This little detail is insignificant, however, as Popful Mail is a descent game. The story is very humorous at times, fitting in with the Working Designs motif. This CD plays well and the choice of characters is nice. Popful Mail should be a good challenge for even the most hardened player. It's worth buying.
If you're a Lunar fan who just can't wait for the sequel, you might enjoy this game; otherwise, hold your horses, it would be great to see a role-playing game with elements of arcade-style fighting if it were done perfectly, but this one isn't.
A prozine posed the question: “Is this an action game or an RPG?”. After defeating the game in only twelve hours (I did not rush through it), my answer is that it is a 90% ordinary platform/action contest with 10% of RPG sprinkled on top. You collect gold and upgrade armor and weapons but experience points, level class and character attributes - standard characteristics of any RPG - are not present. This is a linear quest and each area on the map must be conquered in a specific order, as there is no map exploration. There are some cool anime sequences between each of the five scenarios but some very silly dialogue with the levels themselves. Many of the bosses and mini bosses do not pose much of a challenge because safe spots are abundant. This is classified as an RPG for novices, but it is more of a platform challenge with a thin story line.