- Sega Master System
Who's the growling, grumpy, whirling dervish king? Look no farther, cartoon fans, because that ferocious furball, the Tazmanian Devil, is back in action on your SNES.
Taz-Mania is the manic new game from Sunsoft, starring the hungriest mammal on the planet. This single-player, first-person perspective chase game plays like a fast-paced auto racing game, only you get to guide Taz down the road with a behind-the-Devil view. The game features all the colorful cartoonish backgrounds and goofy-looking characters that made Warner Bros. cartoons a 'toon empire.
It appears that it's Kiwi bird mating season in the land down under, where Taz makes his home. Kiwis are Taz's number one favorite food. The object of the game is to race down a road through each act and collect your quota of Kiwis before time runs out. You can run forward and backward, jump, skid, grab, and screech to a halt. You also have the patented Tazmanian tantrum, which lets you whirl through obstacles.
ProTip: Although blue birds regain your health, don't bother. Eating one Kiwi will bring back the whole bar. Concentrate on the red birds instead.
You're gonna need some beastly reflexes to handle all the running and grabbing, plus a quick thumb to avoid such roadhog opponents as Axl and Bull Gator (the notorious hunting team), Wendal T. Wolf (a neurotic wolf who hops on your back and wraps his fingers around your eyes to obscure your vision), and the amorous She Devil (one kiss, and you're history). Along the way you must also sidestep obstructions like telephone poles, trees, cars, deep water, oil slicks and buses. There's even a pterodactyl, who'll carry you back to the beginning if you're not careful.
When you see the pterodactyl, don't jump. As long as you're on the ground, it shouldn't come after you.
To keep your feet movin', you've got to chow down. You can eat blue birds to partially fill your life meter, red birds to give you extra time on the clock, and bonus meats that are thrown from the Acme delivery scooter. The Acme delivery person will also give you such goodies as roller skates, springs, and other treats.
Not everything you get from Acme delivery is pleasant He may bop you with a boxing glove or throw dynamite. When a prize is released, hang a little behind so you'll be safe from harm.
Taz-Mania is a colorful, well-animated, smooth-moving game. All the SNES Mode 7 rotation and scaling stops were pulled out for this one, so hold on! You also get to see Taz's great-looking, grumpy, growly, hilarious facial expressions when he turns around or he gets hit. Additionally, all the enemies are well drawn, and they move quickly without flicker or slowdown.
Some Kiwis speed ahead of you and then screech to a stop. As soon as you hear the screech, grab 'em or you'll fly right past them.
Some folks will find the music too cartoonish. The familiar Warner Bros. opening theme is well represented, though, and that's all the music you'll pay attention to.
Devil May Care
On the surface, Taz seems to have pretty basic, one-dimensional game play, but don't toon this game out. The later stages are difficult and challenging. They'll keep you on the run for hours. Children will be entertained by the cartoon graphics, but they may find the tough action frustrating. Taz-Mania is a fast-moving, good- looking Devil of a game.