User Reviews

There are no reviews for the SEGA Master System release of this game. You can use the links below to write your own review or read reviews for the other platforms of this game.

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 2.1
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 2.3
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 2.3
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.6
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 2.7
Overall User Score (7 votes) 2.5

Critic Reviews

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Mean Machines (Feb, 1991)
Dick Tracey takes a bit of getting used to, since it has rather slow joypad response and a slightly strange control method, but once you get over that first hurdle, you find an addictive and challenging game hiding beneath. Although there's not a lot of variety, I found the reaction-testing gameplay thoroughly enjoyable since you've got to watch several things at once. There's plenty here to please shoot 'em up fans, and the graphics are very similar to the four-colour film. If you're after a good blast, check this out.
Armed with a machine gun and his fists of justice, the eponymous 'tec fights his way through 18 levels of horizontally-scrolling cityscape on the hunt for villains. The graphics and sound are pretty basic, and the gameplay is just a tad confusing, due to unresponsive controls. Not a chart-topper.
Video Games (Mar, 1991)
Dick Tracy ist ein biederes Ballerspiel, dem ein paar Extras und etwas mehr Abwechslung gut gestanden hätten. Wer den Film mochte und Actionspiele schätzt, sollte das Modul mal bei seinem Händler anspielen.
Power Play (May, 1991)
Im Gegensatz zur verunglückten Computerversion macht unser Detektiv auf dem Master System eine ganz gute Figur. Was technisch aus dem kleinen Maschinchen herausgeholt wurde, ist ansehnlich. Der Bildschirm scrollt schön brav und Dick kann nicht nur in zwei Richtungen schießen, sondern auch den Hintergrund "beharken". Alle 16 Spielstufen können von Euch angewählt und in vier Schwierigkeitsgraden aufgerollt werden. Spielerisch bleibt Dick Tracy trotzdem eine Enttäuschung: Feuerknopf drücken und durch! Das genaue Treffen der Gegner ist dabei meist vom Zufall abhängig.
Raze (Jun, 1991)
Hopeless control method; too slow.
Game Freaks 365 (Apr 28, 2006)
In conclusion, let it be known that it's a general rule of thumb for any video game prior to the PlayStation era that attempts to recreate a movie is not the best title to acquire. Dick Tracy offers almost nothing in terms of entertainment. It looks poor, sounds poor, plays poor, it was born into poverty. It's another odd move on Sega's part since it came out right near the end of the Master System's life span in the states, and considering how little control they had over the market why they'd want to release such a piece of garbage is a mystery best left unsolved. As far as I'm concerned, it's obvious someone thought using a movie title for a then current film would draw attention, hoping parents or players would have purchased it on this fact alone without researching the suck therein. Luckily, it appears to have failed miserably, because Dick Tracy is one of the rarer releases in the NTSC market. Again, as I usually say, there is a reason for this.