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Reviewed: Sega Smash Pack, Sega Puzzle Pack
Publisher: Sega
Developer: Sega
Genre Type:Mixed
Required System: P133, 16MB, Win95+, SVGA (256 color)
Reviewer's System: K6-3 450mHz, 128MB, Riva 128ZX video, Win98
Related Games: Sonic CD, Sonic&Garfield Collection, Sonic 3 & Knuckles
Overall Rating:Sega Smash Pack:
Sega Puzzle Pack:
Author: Michael Ahlf       Date: August 31th 1999
Page: 4
Final Breakdown


This is a welcome surprise: some old classic games, playable on the computer, and the perfect thing to grab if you're an older game fan. Best of all: Most of these games (except for Lose Your Marbles) run off a licensed version of the KGen Genesis emulator.

Sega Smash Pack:
Sega Puzzle Pack:

Graphics in the games were all up to par for the old Genesis system: One game, Lose Your Marbles, really stood out. Lacking some serious work (bilinear filtering, or scanline display modes would have been nice) the graphics, unfortunately, look pixelated.

Sound and Music:
Sega Smash Pack:
Sega Puzzle Pack:

This area faces the same problems the others do: it's translation of older games. With that in mind, the soundtracks in these games are wonderful, with catchy songs always suitable for the gameplay.

Multiplayer: N/A

You can play against your friends, joypad and keyboard; nothing has changed in that regard, so if it's your best experience then have fun bringing a friend over to play.

AI Intelligence and Difficulty:
Sega Smash Pack:
Sega Puzzle Pack:

Smash Pack delivers the fun, sometimes hard-to-play Sega classics that make you react and plan at high speeds in your gaming. In the Puzzle Pack, however, it got pretty bad: the games except for Lose Your Marbles quickly sped up beyond playability, making the experience less than enjoyable.

Controls and Interface:
Sega Smash Pack:
Sega Puzzle Pack:

The controls were nicely customizable, with the ability to place buttons wherever you want. I'm not sure what else need be said here, since the control response was different for each game in the packs based on the original game control responses. If it was good, it stayed good, and f it was bad... then you're in trouble.

Sega Smash Pack:
Sega Puzzle Pack:

This is a welcome surprise: the games all bring back the feeling of the consoles. My only regrets are that there wasn't a more accurate screen method implemented, to make the games look more like they did on the TV.

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Added:  Tuesday, August 31, 1999
Reviewer:  Michael Ahlf
Page: 4/4

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