Beastly Double Review: Shinobi and Fantasy Zone
What’s up gamers and welcome to this Sega Ages review of Shinobi and Fantasy Zone which is released for the Nintendo Switch. Sega Ages brings many classic Sega titles that many of us may have missed out on. As well as giving new gamers an opportunity to stroll down memory lane. Safe to say this is more of a revisit than a review and we start things off with Fantasy Zone.
Fantasy Zone Revisited:
This is an interesting cute shoot’em up with a story of revenge. You play as Opa-Opa in his egg-shaped ship battling through this colorful pastel world.
For a simple shoot’em up it is quite complex being that this is from the age of patterns. If you are patient and quick with your shots you can ease by all incoming fire. Each end boss will have its unique style and difficulty. At times you will see balloons with the writing shop on it. This was a surprise as you can upgrade your ship with speed, missiles, and other items to give you an advantage.
It is a simple game with complex gameplay and once you are done you can tackle the other mode playing Upa-Upa.
Final Score: 3.5 out of 5
The ninja master Joe Musashi is on a mission to save all the children of Oboro from the clutches of the criminal syndicate ZEED. Using all the tools at your disposal from your trusty firearm, melee with your sword or your ninjitsu. Be mindful not to use it too easily as you only get to have one chance on each level.
This is not your run of the mill platformer with enemies that pop up out of nowhere. Even with the pattern, there can be some surprises of ninjas appearing from the shadows to attack. This time around with Ages mode you can start off with Musashi’s white outfit that gives you an extra life. If you get hit, it disappears when you are down to a one-shot kill. However, it can come back from points or when you start the next level.
This classic was a quarter eater back in the day and now you can have the same experience from home on the switch. Straight forward from point A to B with the final boss to face in each stage. Be mindful of the patterns though as they shall differ.
Final Score: 4 out of 5
Both games will go for $7.99 and holds a bit of nostalgia for the classic gamers. Do they hold up to today’s standards, yes they do. They both offer the right level of challenge and fun as well as giving gamers the chance to save their progress. Or even better the rewind function which can be switch on or off. You hit X to insert a coin, but unlike other emulators, you can’t spam the coin button. Once you hit X again it will begin the game.
The only thing I would say missing is that doom of losing and having to insert your own money to continue. However, if you do not have a save point in Fantasy Zone, a game over immediately starts you over. There are no continues here which is funny. You had to pray that you did not lose and if you made it far there are no checkpoints. That had to be nerve-racking, but that’s what makes us gamers the thrill of the challenge.
Sega Ages grows even more with each title from the sega collection showing up. Check them out for yourselves and if you want a live demonstration to fill free to check out our twitch channel by clicking here. Thanks for checking out our review and we shall see you next time. – Beast Out –