Retro gaming is big news at the moment. There have been lots of updated versions of old 16 bit consoles revamped for today’s market and pre-loaded with classic games. The Sega Megadrive has it’s own new plug and play version of its classic console, but if you still have your old Megadrive console knocking around, there are plenty of great game cartridges still available online and in certain stores for you to play. But why stick to the old favourites like Sonic, or Golden Axe? Why not look for something a little more unusual? Here, we scope out some of the most bizarre offerings to the Sega Megadrive catalogue, many of which can still be sourced through retro gaming shops and websites like eBay.
Zombies Ate My Neighbours
Zombies Ate My Neighbours is a thoroughly underrated game. It is a fast paced run and gun game developed by LucasArts. It really should have been more popular than it was, as it is glorious to play. Smooth playability, awesome graphics for its time, 55 levels of zombie killing with a 3D glasses wearing main character, really, what more could you ask for?
ToeJam And Earl
ToeJam And Earl was super weird. The name is weird, the landscape was weird, the characters looked weird. But it was a fun game to play despite the simplistic graphics. Released in 1991, it follows two alien rappers, ToeJam and Earl, who crash land on Earth, and have to collect bits of their ship in order to make it back to their home planet, Funkotron. Lots of time spent traveling around in-game in elevators, and a landscape that looks nothing at all like earth make for a pretty surreal gaming experience.
So, this is a pretty strange one. In 1994, Shaquille O’Neal, NBA star and one of the most famous players the LA Lakers has ever known, starred in his very own Street Fighter-esque video game. While the release of the game was met with confusion at the time, (why is Shaq in a fighting game and not a basketball game… why??), the graphics were excellent and it was an all round fun game to play.
Boogerman, A Pick And Flick Adventure
Well, the title says it all, really. This is a video game about snot. Charming! Boogerman is a superhero janitor who works in a lab. He can flick his snot, burp, belch and even fart at his enemies. While the premise is childish to say the least, the graphics are pretty cool and it is pretty amusing to play.
Beavis & Butthead
So, just in case you don’t already know, Beavis & Butthead was a cartoon show that aired on MTV from 1993 to 2011. It followed the lives of the title characters Beavis and Butthead, two dumb, heavy metal loving, girl chasing high school layabouts. It spawned a movie, lots of different merchandise, and even a video game. The game itself is pretty cool if you’re a fan of the show. The graphics are great and look just like the cartoon, the audio is awesome and the game-play is really engaging. Even if you’re not familiar with the show, this is definitely one to check out.
Bubba ‘n’ Stix
Who doesn’t like stereotypes in their gaming? Well this game certainly won’t let you down if you do. In Bubba ‘n’ Stix, you play as Bubba, a shirtless redneck in overalls who carries around a sentient stick. He uses this stick to beat up his enemies and to move things around. He wanders around in swamps and always wears a red trucker cap backwards. The visuals are pretty cool in this one and the boss at the end is… well…interesting.
The Haunting Starring Polterguy
This game is super cool. You play the ghost Polterguy and your mission is to scare the bejesus out of the Sardini family, and terrify them out of their home. For no apparent reason other than you’re a ghost and that’s what you do. You go from room to room and jump into various objects to charge them with a scare. Once a member of the family investigates, you will be met with a spooky animation like, for example, a bathtub filling with blood. This is a really distinctive little game and will provide hours of entertainment. Word of warning though, beware the boss stage at the end, it’s the pits!
Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker
A tie-in with the music anthology movie of the same name, Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker sees you play the superstar, as he dances his way through various juke-joints and side streets in order to save a groups of kidnapped children. A weird and wonderful mix of 80’s nostalgia, this game is a simplistic one but an entertaining one nonetheless, especially for Jackson fans. The backgrounds and bad guys are a bit lazy, though, with each back drop being a slight variation on the last. The music, as you would expect, is awesome throughout, and the graphics are pretty good considering this is one of Sega’s earlier releases.
There are hours and hours of entertainment to be had from dusting off your old consoles, and putting them to good use again. These are just some examples of the lesser known, wackier side of the Megadrive. Most of these titles are still readily available online and will provide you with a much more unique gaming experience than many of the more popular well known titles out there.