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Sketch Turner is in it up to his inkwell. Mortus is drawing horrendous creatures to battle Sketch in every panel of the strip.
If Mortus destroys Sketch, that megalomaniac mutant will become real and Earth will be doomed to his rule!
But there is hope. Now that he’s a comic book superhero, Sketch can kick some serious butt. Instantly, Sketch can fight like a one-man mercenary platoon!
Remembering my childhoodMelopeico | Sept. 1, 2013 | See all Melopeico's reviews »
I can remember when i played Comix Zone in the past. You're a comic book artist who makes comics pass to reality. According opening you step you progress based punches and kicks will be times where you will have the option of going through different paths. The best thing about the game? NO EXTRA LIVES
Delightfully American TitleDeweyDTruman | Feb. 8, 2013 | See all DeweyDTruman's reviews »
There aren't that many games out there that take the idea of a comic book and try to build around that. Sure, there's games based on comic heroes, but not many have you playing as if you were in a comic. Comix Zone plays with this boundary and makes something memorable out of it. Solid gameplay, mostly just fighting enemies as you go through the various panels, really helps. It's not as well known as some other titles on the Genesis, but it is up there with the likes of Streets of Rage II and Phantasy Star IV.
If You Thought Superheroes Had It Easy, Think AgainCrimsonWizard | Jan. 19, 2013 | See all CrimsonWizard's reviews »
Comix Zone is one of the last beat 'em up games SEGA released on their Mega Drive/Genesis system, and true to it's title, is brimming with the charm and fun of an actual comic book adventure. As comic book creator Sketch Turner, you're sucked into your own comic book and must survive the drawn perils the book's villain Mortus creates, and then escape.
Thankfully, you become stronger upon entering the comic book universe, and are able to stand up to the minions and deathtraps of Mortus. However, unlike nearly every other brawling game, you're restricted to only two lives (or one if Mortus is feeling very uncharitable). And thanks to the occasional platforming peril, you can easily lose after one accidental hop into a pit. Adding to those problems, health pick ups tend to be hidden and scarcely found as well, even with your pet rat tearing up the comic pages for items.
So why play it? Despite the difficulty, the game is a really satisfying brawler with a variety of attacks you can use against all the henchmen and mutants. The comic page environments are really nice too, keeping with the flow of a typical comic story with outlandish scenery tailored to a fantastic adventure. Comix Zone also plays with the fact it is a comic book setting with Sketch and his pet rat routinely ripping apart the paper pages to progress through a stage or find items.
Overall, Comix Zone is a very charming games that fans of superheroes and beat 'em ups will enjoy, but it isn't friendly to newcomers of this sort of video game. Hence, I can only really recommend this to experienced players of the genre, but for those who enjoy this sort of game, you will love it. Will you beat the game is an entire matter entirely however.
A Classic Treat For Comic & Beat 'Em Up FansAkaRai | Jan. 6, 2013 | See all AkaRai's reviews »
If you've ever played Spider-Man: Maximum Carnage, this game plays very similarly. The fittingly named Sketch Turner is a comic book artist sucked into his own work by the villain of his comic. He has to traverse the world he's created, as it's altered by his villain, who frequently draws in more enemies for him to face, with little more to help him than a trusty pet rat.
Comix Zone is a stylish side-scrolling beat 'em up with 90's comic book inspired designs that sees you pummeling foes, and then moving from one panel of a comic to another to complete levels.
It's a lot of fun, but some may find the difficulty a bit frustrating, and there's not much variety in the combat. If you want a classic Sega beat 'em up, and you like comic books though, this is your best bet.
Great Genesis classicdark2025 | Sept. 21, 2012 | See all dark2025's reviews »
This game first hooked me with its unique graphics (which looks pretty good for even today) and and the idea of playing through a comic. The gameplay is really well done too, including numerous enemies and items available. The difficulty level is quite high up there, especially if you're used to today's easier games.
It's quite short and maybe you can finish it in an hour or two, but if you want to experience some old-school beat-em up game, this would be a great start.