• Category Archives Sega Genesis
  • Retro Games » Sega Genesis
  • Spider-Man and the X-Men in Arcade’s Revenge

    Super NES / Mega Drive / Genesis


  • Mansion of Hidden Souls (Sega CD)


    Source: Sega Visions – February March 1994

    Before I ran across this ad recently, I didn’t remember ever hearing of Mansion of Hidden Souls. As a point and click adventure, it isn’t really one of my favorite type of games. This game is somewhat similar to games like Myst and 7th Guest among others. It’s mostly an exploration game with a few puzzles and a lot of full motion video.

    Mansion of Hidden Souls actually got mostly positive reviews. I’m not sure that this ridiculous ad from the February/March 1994 issue of Sega Visions did anything to sell more games though. The plot involves a girl who chases a butterfly into a mansion and gets trapped. You, as her brother, must rescue her. Along the way you will talk to a number of ghosts in the form of butterflies.

    This game was released late in 1993 and apparently it was successful enough to spawn a remake on the Sega Saturn which was released in 1995. Unfortunately, the Saturn version was not as highly regarded, or at least reviews were more mixed, despite the superior hardware of the Saturn. There haven’t been any other remakes or sequels so the best version to play if this is your type of game is the original Sega CD version.

  • Bubsy II


    Source: EGM 2 – Issue Number 5 – November 1994

    Bubsy II is the aptly named sequel to Bubsy and was released in 1994. Bubsy II, like its predecessor, is a 2D side-scrolling platform game of the type common in the 8 and 16-bit eras. Gameplay in the second game was much the same as it was in the first. Bubsy II was available originally for the Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis and Game Boy.

    The Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis versions are virtually identical so either is a good choice if you are looking for this game. The Game Boy version is quite a bit different with completely different level design. Given the motion blur, this isn’t really the kind of game I would choose to play on that system anyway. Bubsy II generally got good reviews (except for the Game Boy version) though there were complaints it wasn’t different enough from the first games. There were some improvements, including a two player mode and the game is generally better than the first though level design could have been better. The main appeal of these games was Bubsy’s personality anyway.


    Bubsy II (along with the original) was released in 2015 on Steam. This version uses an emulation of the Super Nintendo version so it is identical in every way that matters. If you are not an owner of the original hardware then this offers an easy way to play. If you do have original hardware, the cartridges aren’t difficult to find or too expensive either.