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Written by  :  Kayburt (6845)
Written on  :  Apr 21, 2021
Platform  :  SEGA Master System
Rating  :  4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars

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Best Arcade Port to Starboard

The Good

The vibrant colours you see in every level are really eye-catching compared to the dull and patchy graphics of the original arcade version. Even the music has better tunes, rhythm and instrumentation and even better when FM (YM2413 chip) is enabled. The makers of this version took a big step for the European and Japanese versions and added two new levels, four new bosses and an actually ending to the game instead of the arcade-style looping.

The Bad

Just like any port from an arcade, a few sacrifices are made that don't carry from the original, including lack of vertical scrolling, no longsword powerup and less vocal sounds, but nothing that ruins the game in the least. It's disappointing that the US version of this game was a straight port of the arcade and did not get the deluxe treatment as the European and Japanese versions did. Comparable to Ninja Gaiden, there are some unforgiving areas where enemies spawn and spam you, but with the right powerups and reflexes, you can overcome them.

The Bottom Line

If there was ever a port from the arcade that completely bested it, this would be the one game. It's like playing Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island" in an arcade style platformer. For a port, this brings together some of the best elements and mechanics the Sega Master System has to offer. You can't go wrong with this game. If a specific regional version of the game does not pose an issue, you'll want this title for your own personal home arcade.