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The relatively minor Looney Tunes character The Tasmanian Devil experienced a revival in the 1990s with the TV series Taz-Mania, starring Taz and his family. One of several games based on the license, the Genesis version features the same story as the other Sega versions, but has a unique design and set of levels.

Inspired by a tale his father told, Taz goes on a quest for the egg of a giant prehistoric seabird, which will lead him across the whole of Taz-Mania through 16 levels of platforming action. He must survive a desert, a jungle, a car factory, a mine and ancient ruins. Taz is able to run, jump, and spin fast to turn into his trademark whirlwind. While spinning, he can knock out most enemies he comes across. He can also pick up many different items and try to eat them or use them in another way. Most foods replenish his health, while eating hot peppers gives him a fire breath attack. Stars grant temporal invulnerability, while bombs should be thrown at enemies (and definitely not be eaten!).

Several levels feature boss fights. A break from standard platforming comes in the shape of a mine cart ride, where the cart must be raised or lowered to avoid collisions, and a wild river, which can only be crossed by jumping across fast-sinking tree logs, reminiscent of Frogger.


Taz-Mania Genesis Taz can eat things.
Taz-Mania Genesis Title screen
Taz-Mania Genesis Plot
Taz-Mania Genesis Spinning!

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Taz-Mania Magazine Advertisement pp. 24-25
Taz-Mania Magazine Advertisement

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Critic Reviews

Supersonic Jul, 1992 93 out of 100 93
Sega Power Aug, 1992 89 out of 100 89
Sega Force Sep, 1992 85 out of 100 85
Player One Sep, 1992 85 out of 100 85
Mean Machines Jun, 1992 81 out of 100 81
Play Time Sep, 1992 76 out of 100 76
Retro Archives Sep 30, 2021 14.5 out of 20 72
Sega-16.com Oct 02, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Gamers (Germany) Aug 01, 1992 10 out of 15 67
The Video Game Critic Sep 06, 2001 F 0


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Terok Nor (32675) added Taz-Mania (Genesis) on Aug 30, 2011
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