Astal Reviews (SEGA Saturn)
Our Users Say
|Gameplay||How well the game mechanics work and the game plays.||3.4|
|Graphics||The visual quality of the game||4.2|
|Personal Slant||A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes||3.4|
|Sound / Music||The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition||3.5|
|Story / Presentation||The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC.||3.5|
|Overall User Score (8 votes)||3.6|
Critic ReviewsMobyRanks are listed below. You can read here for more information about MobyRank.
The Video Game Critic (Mar 26, 2002)
The side scrolling action is slow and deliberate, but there are some innovative attacks that spice things up. You can smash the ground, toss enemies, throw things down from the air, and use a devastating breath attack. Best of all, you have a bird companion that can perform special attacks, gather items, and occasionally save your life. It's possible for a second player to take control of the bird, which is a nice touch. Astal provides a few continues, but unfortunately there's no password feature. It takes a while to master the controls, but it's worth the effort. Astal is an attractive, underrated side-scroller.
Consoles Plus (Jun, 1995)
Astal est un des rares jeux de plates-formes sur Saturn, et sa réalisation est excellente. Il serait dommage de passer à côté.
Video Games & Computer Entertainment (Sep, 1995)
In a word: Gorgeous. Astal has the distinction of being the first truly beautiful game for the Sega Saturn. While it's just a simple platform game, all of it's parts combine to make a truly playable game that's also a joy to look at.
Classic-games.net (Jun 17, 2019)
Despite its simplicity at times Astal is an enjoyable platformer and a great addition to the Saturn library. I would have loved to have seen a balance of 2d games like this alongside the 3d games that dominated the market. But the market had other plans. If you can find it Astal is worth your time.
GamePro (US) (Nov, 1995)
Astal looks good, but the short stages and repetitive hopping and bopping don't give the game much replay value. A good rental and a weekend work, but not much more of all that's required for this crystal cutey.
Sega-16.com (Jun 13, 2018)
Overall, I would recommend Astal for those looking for a quality, traditional platformer on the Saturn. If one can look past its difficulty, short length, and limited gameplay, there is a really good game to be found. Few titles like it were released on the Western Saturn, meaning that one had to resort to importing to keep the fix for 2D gaming alive. Today, Astal sits on the lower end of the ridiculously expensive Saturn cost spectrum, making it an affordable title that deserves a place in every Sega fan’s library.
All Game Guide (1998)
Astal is that old brand of action game: the kind where you can pick up and play immediately without any kind of briefing on the controls or the story. You can play in short bursts, or you can play all day. Play alone or with a friend. In short, Astal deserves to be a real crowd-pleaser. A silver medal videogame classic, if there ever was one.
Game Players (Aug, 1995)
The most significant problem with Astal is in it's rigid play control. The action doesn't seem to meet the goal of quick and playful gaming which all of the great side-scrollers in the past have possessed. Instead there is a rather sluggish control that leads to a great deal of frustration when it comes to making accurate jumps or fighting the faster enemies. Astal looks great and does most everything a side-scroller should, but the play control (and a little challenge) keeps it from being a really great game.
Video Games (Jul, 1995)
Die detaillierte und abwechslungsreiche Grafik von Astal hat jeden in der Redaktion begeistert. Im Eislevel seht Ihr wunderbare Spiegeleffekte, an manchen Stellen im Spiel staunt man über stufenloses Zooming und Rotationen. Die Hauptfigur und sein fliegender Kumpan steuern sich problemlos und auch die meisten Gegner bereiten keinerlei Kopfzerbrechen. Obwohl man die animierten Zwischensequenzen nicht versteht, sind sie doch sehr schön anzuschauen. Trotzdem werden die meisten Käufer von Astal nach kurzer Zeit enttäuscht sein, denn länger als einen Abend hält der Spaß nicht an. Bei etwas höherem Schwierigkeitsgrad und mehr Levels hätte Astal durchaus ein “gut“ verdient, so bleibt nur ein “geht so“, denn etwas mehr fürs Geld darf es schon sein.
Computer and Video Games (CVG) (Jul, 1995)
Astal is another average platformer from Sega. Much has been made of the graphics and it's true that there's some smart sprite scaling, but other sprites such as the dragons in the volcanic level are laughable, and the parallax scrolling is horribly wooden! Gameplay is shallow with a strange difficulty curve. Levels start off difficult but there's a knack to each one and once that's discovered you'll cruise through. There's only five levels and with a price tag of 70 quid this is poor value and one to avoid.
Jeuxvideo.com (Feb 12, 2013)
Astal est un beau gâchis. Un de ces jeux qui s'illustrent dans les magazines et nous font rêver, mais se révèlent décevants manette en mains. Aujourd'hui idole des nostalgiques de la Saturn, la console mal aimée du grand Sega, Astal continue de s'illustrer et de décevoir, même si une bonne dose d'indulgence et un peu de mauvaise foi permettent d'apprécier le titre. C'est à vous de voir si le jeu en vaut la chandelle. Puisque vous semblez aimer les jeux de plates-formes en 2D, nous vous conseillerons plutôt l'excellente version Saturn de Rayman, le cocktail déjanté Gex, ou encore l'adorable et méconnu Keio Flying Squadron 2.
Mean Machines (Jul, 1995)
A beautiful but empty vessel that offers poor value for money despite the awesome graphics.