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  • Mega Play (April/May 1993)


    Source: Mega Play – Issue Number 15 – April May 1993

    Mega Play was a bi-monthly magazine dedicated to the Sega Genesis (and add-ons) that started life as an insert in Electronic Gaming Monthly. It was published from November/December 1990 to June/July 1995. The April/May 1993 issue includes:

    • Editorial – Sega’s staying ahead of the competition with advanced video game technology, including an assortment of new peripherals and accessories for their game systems.
    • Mega Mail – Any questions? This is your chance to ask the experts! Read on to get the latest breaking news in the Sega World!
    • Hi-Tech Sega – A look at Sega’s new 6 button controller and the latest on the 3-D war between Sega’s Slipheed and Nintendo’s StarFox.
    • Mega Tricks
      • Road Avenger
      • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
      • Rolo to the Rescue
      • Gods
      • Batman: Revenge of the Joker
      • Biohazard Battle
      • Hook
      • Kriss Kross
      • Streets of Rage 2
      • T2: The Arcade Game

    • Coming Attractions – Slipheed, debuting from Sega, is a revolutionary new breed of shooter, taking polygon graphics and texture mapping to the limits!
      • Slipheed VR
      • Cyborg Justice
      • Rocket Knight Adventures
      • X-Men
      • The Flintstones
      • Citizen-X
      • The Secret of Monkey Island
      • Journey From Darkness: Strider Returns
      • Aero the Acrobat
      • Virtual VCR: Prince
      • Who Shot Johnny Rock?
      • Gallagher’s Gallery
      • Mad Dog McCree
      • Power Modeler
      • Pacific Theater of Operations
      • Mortal Kombat
      • Spider-Man Vs. Kingpin
      • Indiana Jones
      • Joe Montana NFL Football

    • Mega Previews
      • Cool Spot
      • Rolling Thunder 3
      • Splatterhouse 3
      • Blaster Master 2
      • Jungle Strike
      • Fatal Fury
      • Dracula
      • Global Gladiators GG

    • Mega Files
      • Shining Force
      • Elemental Master
      • Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster’s Treasure Hunt
      • Road Avengers
      • Time Gal

    • Sega CD File – Buckle up for two intense graphic trips on your Sega CD with Road Avenger and Time Gal. Both will keep you in awe for hours!
    • Mega Reviews
      • The Humans
      • Risky Woods
      • TMNT: The Hyperstone Heist
      • Chuck Rock
      • Lotus Turbo Challenge

    …and more!

  • Snatcher (TurboGrafx-16, Sega CD)

    Snatcher (TurboGrafx-16)


    Snatcher can best be described an a cyberpunk themed graphical adventure game. In addition to its cyberpunk theme, what made it unique for the time was its mature themes and in-depth story.


    Snatcher was written and designed by Hideo Kojima (who would later go on to create the Metal Gear Solid) for Konami and first released in 1988 for the PC-8801 and MSX2 in Japan. Snatcher was enhanced and released for the TurboGrafx-CD and later in 1994 again for the Sega CD. The Sega CD version would be the only English language version of the game and the only version released in North America. Versions would also later be released for the Sega Saturn and PlayStation but these were Japanese only releases.


    The story is set in a not too distant future in which android-like beings called Snatchers are snatching victims and taking their place in disguise. You play the role of an officer in a special police force created to fight these Snatchers, the origin of which is unknown. The story and visual style was influenced by movies such as Blade Runner, Terminator and Akira.


    The Sega CD is arguably the best version however it has been censored slightly from the Japanese TurboGrafx-CD version (though not as much as later versions). Given that is has a heavy reliance on text and the Sega CD version is the only English language version, this is really the only reasonable option for a North American audience anyway. Unfortunately, it is also a very expensive option if you want an original copy. However, emulation is an option as well. For whatever reason, there has never been a more modern re-release of this game in North America so the Sega CD version is your only option. However, for cyberpunk and/or graphic adventure fans, this game is well worth trying. Give it a shot via emulation if you aren’t willing to fork over the absurd eBay cost of an original.


  • Air Diver (Sega Genesis)


    Source: GamePro – Issue Number 11 – June 1990 

    Air Diver is a combat flight simulator released for the Sega Genesis in 1990. It has the distinction of being one of the first third-party games released for that system, at least in North America. However, being first is no guarantee of quality.

    While being labelled as a flight simulator, this is really more of an arcade game like Afterburner only from a first-person point of view. The plot is rather typical and simplistic but it isn’t really important for a game like this. You play the role of a fighter pilot in a fictitious stealth fighter aircraft. There are a variety of missions which include boss fights.

    Unfortunately, this is a rather mediocre game. Chances are that it was rushed to market to be one of the first games on the shelves for the Genesis. Graphics are ok and represent an improvement over 8-bit games of the era but they don’t really show the true capabilities of the Genesis. However, it is really the gameplay that is lacking. The missions and gameplay are rather repetitive and there really isn’t a whole lot of replayability. Its only really interest is as an early example of third party development for the Genesis and of course it would have had more appeal in the early days of the Genesis when there wasn’t a lot to choose from. It just doesn’t hold up too well today.

    If you do want to play this game, then you will have to track down an original or use emulation. There was eventually a sequel, Super Air Diver for the Super Nintendo, but the original has never been rereleased and probably never will be. The good news is that original copies are pretty cheap.