Michael Jackson's Moonwalker
by SEGA Entertainment, Inc.
Michael Jackson makes his video game debut in the newest Genesis title - Moonwalker. Mr. Big has kidnapped the children of the world and you, as Michael must kick, punch and jump your way through 6 levels of city streets, sewers and even a graveyard to find where the children have been hidden. Rescue all of them and take on the level boss. Should you get into deep trouble you can dance the enemy to death.
Moonwalker is a game that touches on all the best parts of most hit games and is constructed fairly well. Its problems rest in multiple options that bring more confusion than action. The graphics and sound are good, but the game is repetitive.
Dancing the enemy to death is certainly different! There are a lot of levels in the game and while they look different somehow they all seem to play the same. It's a bit too easy of a game and unfortunately it won't take very long to 'beat it'.
Moonwalker isn't as 'BAD' as it's hyped up to be. Sure the music is based off Mikey's biggest hits, and granted, the graphics and animation are extremely detailed, but the game play after a while, tends to be somewhat repetitve and you're doing things over, and over, and over...
This game is no 'thriller', but decent nevertheless! With initial game play similar to Shinobi, but with moves that made Jackson famous, our hero dances on the faces of evil men! Rescuing kidnapped girls as music pulsates is as good as it gets! I'm waiting now for a La Toya game!
Mr. Big didn't get his name from planning small-time operations; he wants to take over the world. In order to carry out this plan, his thugs were ordered to kidnap every child on the planet! Why? To use them as slaves, of course! Only one person is brave enough to challenge him: Michael Jackson, a.k.a. Moonwalker. Play as the famous pop singer through 15 levels of musical action set across five stages.
Michael Jackson is known for his slick moves, so you'll be able to spin, Moonwalk, hat toss (similar to a boomerang), punch, jump, and perform the "ultimate" technique to dispose of your enemies: the Dance Attack. Once used, this attack will cause everyone on the screen to stop what they're doing and start moving to the beat!
Each method of attack will drain Michael's magic meter, however, so you'll have to keep it at full strength by rescuing children. As you might expect, the game features several of the singer's chart-topping songs, including "Smooth Criminal," "Beat It," "Billie Jean," "Another Part of Me," and "Bad." Watch for a cameo by Bubbles the chimp!
There is non-stop fun in this game. Here are your basic mission objectives: Rid the stage of its enemies and rescue the missing girls (who are scattered throughout the stage, and a special meter tells you how many are left to rescue). Once all that is done, you are led to the main battles (with an appearance by Bubbles). Enemies, located anywhere from top to bottom, perform all kinds of attacks, such as the basic kicking and punching, to attacking you with pool sticks, and firing at you with their machine guns. There are five stages in the game, each with three "acts" a la Sonic the Hedgehog. The main battles are fun, too, depending how you play them. All the bad guys come after Michael at once, and since he can't take them all, he can do the next best thing: dance. That's right. Dancing will help you get rid of your enemies. Once Michael's moving his feet, so are his enemies. They dance until they're all tired. Dancing also works in the duration of the stage, not just at the end of it. One of the coolest features of the game is the ability to turn into the huge robot with the help of the magic star that's found in every level.
2006-01-24 The King of Pop stars in his own action game Michael Jackson's Moonwalker.