Gamers of all ages know the SEGA Genesis because it introduced the world to Sonic the Hedgehog. But unlike Nintendo, which unleashed a smorgasbord of franchise characters like Donkey Kong, Mario, Kirby, Star Fox, and more, the Genesis instead had many more one-off games.
Because of this, SEGA never built the fanfare that Nintendo did (and this was ultimately one of the reasons why the brand’s consoles died after the Dreamcast.) However, that doesn’t mean that SEGA doesn’t make good games. In fact, the Genesis is filled with amazing titles worth revisiting. Here are 10 that many have forgotten about, but that deserve to be replayed again and again…
10 Earthworm Jim
The 1994 “run and gun” platformer, Earthworm Jim, was a hit with critics and gamers alike. The plot centers around an everyday earthworm who happens to inch his way into a bionic suit. His mission is to save Princess What’s-Her-Name from doom, while also evading the bad guys who want their suit back. The game has been hailed for its humor, fun comic-like graphics, and addicting gameplay. It launched three sequels, the last coming out in 1999 for the Game Boy Color.
9 Jurassic Park
In 1993, two Jurassic Park games were released – one for Genesis and the other for SNES. The two games, however, were completely different. The Genesis game was much better received and featured two playing modes.
You could play as Dr. Grant or as an escaped raptor. On top of that, the game was full of dinosaurs, including a giant T-rex. It was one of the first larger-than-life gaming experiences and remains a favorite among Genesis game collectors.
8 Radical Rex
Another forgotten gem from the Genesis was also a dinosaur game…but a quite different one. In Radical Rex, a wizard casts a spell on all the dinosaurs, making them angry and aggressive. Our protagonist, however, was asleep when the spell was cast, and therefore immune. Now, it’s up to him to rescue the dinos from the evil wizard. The game (as evidenced by the title) was totally a product of the early 90s. No other decade could produce a skateboarding T-rex. However, the game is also incredibly fun and addictive…like, totally.
7 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
The Power Rangers also received a video game for Genesis and SNES, and just like Jurassic Park, the two games were completely different. The Genesis version was a fighting game where you could battle as the Rangers to defeat Rita Repulsa’s evil minions. Throughout the game, you fight villains like Goldar and the evil green ranger, and in certain stages, you even get to fight in Megazord. For kids around the world, it was like a dream come true.
6 Wiz ‘n’ Liz
In Wiz ‘n’ Liz, you play as two wizards that need to rescue all the rabbits from an evil spell. The game was on a constant time limit, creating an extremely fast-paced gameplay. Wiz ‘n’ Liz also featured a phenomenal soundtrack, as well as levels that looked downright creepy. From ancient pyramids to cemeteries and abandoned mines, the game was a feast for the senses and helped launch Bizarre Creations, who would later gain fame with games like Formula 1 and Project Gotham Racing.
5 Cool Spot
Believe it or not, SEGA Genesis actually had a 7-UP video game. At the time, many brands were creating video games, like Cheetos, McDonald’s, and more. The 7-UP mascot, Spot, was easily one of the most prominent. In fact, Spot ended up having four games in total.
Even wilder is that the games were well received and quite popular. In Cool Spot, you have to rescue the other Spots while navigating different levels. The game was praised for its bright colors, fluid gameplay, and crisp graphics. And yes, there are numerous bottles of 7-UP throughout the game.
4 Primal Rage
Primal Rage was a massive hit when it was released. In the game, a future Earth has returned to the Stone Age and giant creatures are hailed as gods. These creatures now fight for dominance and control of the planet. The game was popular because gamers got to fight as giant dinosaurs and cryptids (characters included a raptor, a T-Rex, a bigfoot, and more.) But the game’s intricate backstory and plotline also helped propel Primal Rage to blockbuster status. It was even nominated for 1995’s Video Game of the Year award.
3 Castlevania: Bloodlines
Bloodlines was the only game in the popular Castlevania series to be released for Genesis. It also has one of the most interesting plots of all the games. It centers around a group of vampire hunters at the start of World War I, who must fight to prevent the necromancy of Dracula.
Like most Castlevania games, Bloodlines had an intricate and layered plot that drew gamers into a compelling story. As the years have gone on, the game has only continued to receive more and more praise and is considered to be a hidden gem in the Castlevania franchise.
2 ToeJam and Earl
ToeJam and Earl was a wild game. The plot centers around ToeJam and Earl, two alien rappers who accidentally crashland on Earth. The game parodied the late 80s and early 90s, and is considered by many to be a surrealist commentary on the zeitgeist of the time. The game received universal acclaim, but initial sales were quite low. However, as time went on and word spread, sales picked up, making the game an unexpected sleeper hit.
1 Astérix and the Great Rescue
Based on the wildly popular French comic, Astérix, the game follows the lead character, Astérix, along with his oversized sidekick, Obelix. The two must rescue the region of Gaul (present-day France and Belgium) from an impending Roman invasion. The game was praised for being so visually similar to the comics, and it is known as being a rather hard game, making it perfect for any gamer looking for a challenge. The comic has also been turned into various other video games, numerous films, books, and even a theme park.
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