The term “it’s so bad, it’s good” has been used in video games for a long time now. Heck, even I used it to express my thoughts on Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) two years ago. Speaking of Sonic, last year was one of the more notable years for Sega’s soul franchise in recent times thanks to their being a truly quality title in the series that people outside of the fanbase found enjoyable. I’m of course talking about Sonic Mania, which isn’t the game I’m reviewing. No no no, while 2017 had Mania, it also had Sonic Forces: Sonic Team’s newest seemingly yearly entry in the almost 27 year old franchise. While Sonic Mania was created by fans, Forces was made by the actual developers, which in any other case, would result in a more well designed and well thought out game, but this being Sega and Sonic Team, that’s something that rarely happens. Since it has almost been two years since my last review of a Sonic game, why not take a look at another one of these glorious games; might as well be the most recent one.
15 March 2018
3 December 2017
With big successes in the gaming industry (or really any industry) comes imitators and companies trying to be the next big game or simply cashing in on a popular trend. While calling this game an imitator is harsh as it certainly tried to be different from Tetris and its many clones, Zoop REALLY tried to be the next Tetris. On paper, Zoop should’ve become the huge success Viacom New Media and Hookstone Productions wanted, being released on any relevant gaming console or computer in 1995 (except for the Virtual Boy, 32X, CDi, and 3DO). On top of that, the game had rad 90s advertising in magazines and commercials, was being published by a big company like Viacom, and even had the help of the once giant movie and game rental chain: Blockbuster to garner interest. However, even with all of that going for Zoop, the game still fell into obscurity while Tetris continued to live on. In retro game stores, in the bin of $3 SNES games, mixed in with the Madden ‘95s and Wordtris’, you’ll be bound to find a few copies of Zoop. A pity since, while the game won’t blow players away, it’s certainly not a stinker; after all, it was once Europe and America’s largest killer of time…or at least it was according to Zoop’s advertising.