My Played Video Games Review: Taz Mania for the Sega Genesis

in Hive Gaming3 months ago

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Taz Mania is a comedy side-scrolling platform, cartoon adventure video game made by Recreational Brainware and published by Sega for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive and released in 1992. It features the Tasmanian Devil or "Taz" for short, who is a popular animated cartoon character featured in the classic Warner Bros series of cartoons.

We enjoyed playing this one during the early 1990s. Taz in Warner Bros. cartoons shown in VHS/Betamax, was a big favorite among Filipino kids in those days.

Japanese Sega Mega Drive cover version of the game. (image source)

The Story

Watch that crazy TAZ swirl up dust! That spinning, hungry superstar with a short temper and huge appetite! TAZ spins across the land, hunting for the legendary giant sea bird egg to make the biggest omelet in the world! TAZ eats up everything! Snacks like chili really flame his enemies. The hungrier he is, the crazier he gets.

Go through 17 levels of high-energy adventure. Villains from the Warner Bros. cartoons hit TV series join with TAZ to get on the mischief.

Sega Genesis box, cartridge and manual of the game. (image source)

The Graphics and Sound

The graphics are top quality. They look just like in the TV cartoon series which a lot of Sega Genesis games benefited from.

The only thing that did not impress me was the sound and the music. The sound is mediocre quality and that is not a good thing. There has been a lot of Genesis games that managed to take some advantage of the sound chip and they sound very good. This one is just not one of them.

Gameplay sample of Taz Mania on the Sega Genesis

The Gameplay

As a platform game, everything is simple to control. Everything from the jumping to spinning and the eating. The controls only take a minute to master and killing enemies and the game bosses is a piece of cake! You only have to jump on them or tornado spin into them! These are some of the easiest, and most responsive controls on the console.

This game's replay value is low. There is no great reason to ever play this game again unless you are mighty bored, but that is not even a bad thing. This is a fun, and a bit hilarious game, but it is really not worth the trouble to play again after finishing it.

My Verdict

Taz Mania is by far one of the better games on the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, at least in my own humble opinion. With colorful and beautiful cartoony graphics, simple responsive gameplay, and a bit funny story, this platform video game is something likely worth a look. If you are a fan of cartoony platformers, then you should really try this game.

Go play this comedy 2-D platform classic on the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive or play it on your favorite and reliable emulators.

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