Something A Bit Different: Phantom Gear for SEGA Genesis!
Having grown up with the first several generations of consoles – everything from an Atari 2600 to SEGA Genesis – I love it when developers try to go “retro”. Some truly succeed, others produce admirable attempts, and like with everything else there are the ones that just don’t get it. On the other hand, you have those that go to the extreme and rather than produce modern products that just look and feel retro, they actually make games for older systems. Such is the case with Phantom Gear, a game headed for the SEGA Genesis.
If you’re an avid 2D platformer you’ll feel right at home with this game. Controlling the main character, you’ll run, jump and shoot through enemy territory, trying to recover a piece of a mystic Artifact that the bad guys have stolen. There are things to collect, and along the way you’ll gain abilities that help you explore areas you couldn’t get to before. For a more detailed explanation you’ll want to check out the Kickstarter campaign that I’ve linked to below. The graphics are spot on from what I remember of the Genesis era, and the game pay and controls are tight and well handled. In addition to game specifics there is a video at the Kickstarter site, but more importantly there is also a demo, which is what brings me to the question I’m sure you’re all wondering.
What has this got to do with mobile gaming? Well, it just so happens that thanks to the demo I was able to try out the game on a mobile Genesis emulator I have called the Ultimate Portable Game Player. Sure it’s got a bit of an ego problem, and honestly it’s probably not the best such device available, but it was particularly fun playing this game on actual game hardware rather than through an emulator on my PC. Plus, since as I mentioned the device is a portable player, that technically makes this a mobile experience for me, right? Anyway, check out the Kickstarter campaign to see if this is something you might be interested in, and if you’re itching to play some SEGA Genesis on the go, I’ve also included a link to one device to point you in the right direction (this might be an updated version of the one I have, but I don’t know for sure). Either way, Google can be your friend here.