Michael Jackson's Moonwalker
I was a massive MJ fan as a kid and Michael Jacksons Moonwalker for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis was a game I played through many times as a kid. While there was an arcade game, but this is here is its own beast. The movie was freaking weird and I mean that in a good way and the game manages to capture the weirdness of the movie very well.
Heal the World
This is not exactly what you would call a cinematic masterpiece, but I feel that they did a decent job in following the plot of the movie. There is an evil drug dealer called Mr. Big that wants to get the kids all hooked on drugs and MJ is having none of it! That is the basic plot of Michael Jacksons Moonwalker and it is decent enough. I do feel that they were relying on people having seen the movie before they played this.
Like A Smooth Criminal
The presentation is just fantastic! I do not think this game gets enough praise for the presentation. The visuals are very solid, Michael himself is animated incredibly well and there are five different stages ranging from a nightclub to a graveyard to a battle in outer space. It is “silly”, but it works very well and each area looks unique.
Of course, we cannot talk about this game without talking about the music. Many of the classics are here such as Smooth Criminal, Beat It, and Thriller. What is strange is that there are two different versions of the game were the music is different in certain levels! No matter what, hearing the Sega pump out these MJ classics is great stuff. There is a tad of voice in the game, but it is a bit raspy.
The gameplay is that of a 2D action game. In Michael Jacksons Moonwalker you will not be surprised to hear that you play as Michael Jackson. Each level has you needing to rescue some kids. These are usually hidden behind a door, tombstone, or whatever the level is themed on. You find the kids, get Bubbles to help you and then you fight a boss. Each stage offers the same thing. It is not groundbreaking stuff, but it is fun enough that you will want to see it through to the end.
What is quite clever is the way that your attacks are all themed around classic Michaels Jackson moves. For example, you do an MJ kick as your basic attack. You can also throw your hat and you can even do a special attack that causes all the enemies on the screen to dance with you and then blow up! You can even turn into the robot from the movie which is freaking weird I know, but awesome. Finding the kids can sometimes be a tad frustrating, but eventually, you will figure out where they are.
I know that many people will look at a game like Michael Jacksons Moonwalker and laugh. The fact of the matter is, this is a damn fine 2D action game and one that is well worth playing. I would go as far as to say it is a bit of a hidden gem and does not get the love that it deserves. It is rather short, but I always end up beating the game when I fire it up as I get pretty into what is going on.
- It features many awesome Michael Jackson tracks
- The game looks fantastic
- It is a fun game to play through
- Using iconic MJ moves as attacks is fun
- It tries to follow the movie pretty well
- Some versions have mixed up music
- Finding some of the kids can border on being frustrating
Processor: PC compatible, P-200
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode