The fact that Superman for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis was brought to us by Sunsoft is a good thing. Afterall, Sunsoft did treat Superman’s buddy The Dark Knight fairly well. This game though, well let’s just say they must not have had the NES Batman dream team working on this as it does have a few issues that make you feel like the cartridge has Kryptonite in it!
Up, Up And Away
The story of the game is that Metropolis is in danger from the evil villain Brainiac and some of Superman’s other foes and only the Man of Steel can stop them. You get these cool comic book style intro screens at the start of each level, but that is about as much story as you are getting. To be fair, Superman for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis was released in 1992 so gamers were not expecting a lot of story in their game.
Use Your Super Vision
The visuals are pretty damn solid. I have always felt that no matter the quality of the gameplay, Sunsoft always made good looking games and this one is no different. I already spoke about the comic book style intro screen, but the whole game has that comic book feel which I like. I also like that this made it out before the long-haired Superman that was all the rage in the 90s!
The soundtrack is not bad, it is not Batman NES level of awesomeness, but it more than gets the job done. So do the sound effects which can get repetitive, but they are not that bad.
Superman, Super Problems
A huge problem in bringing Superman to the world of video games is his powers. Superman is one of the most overpowered superheroes of all time and making a game with a character who is that powerful is a challenging experience. Sunsoft decided that the way to deal with his superpowers was to limit their use. Certain sections of a level will require you to use one of his powers, but to do so you need to find an icon before you can do it.
I do wish I had the full arsenal of Superman’s powers at my disposal at all times! The game plays like a beat-em-up, but a rather uninspired one. It is not bad and there are no major problems with the gameplay, it is just not a very exciting game if I am being honest. You have a few different levels to play through and each one has a classic Superman villain as a boss at the end.
Many people will say that Superman for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis is hot garbage, but I think that is rather unfair. Is this an amazing game? I would have to say no, but it is a solid effort from the folks at Sunsoft and I would say it is the kind of game you will probably have some fun with if 90s scrolling beat-em-ups are your thing. For me personally, The Death and Return of Superman is a better game than this.
- I like how large the characters are
- The soundtrack is very fitting for a Superman game
- They tried to make him not “too powerful”
- You get to fight some classic villains
- I liked the comic book style they went for
- The game is not all that exciting to play
- It can be annoying how limited his abilities are
Processor: PC compatible, P-200
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode