Demolition Man (Sega Genesis/1995)

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John Spartan is in pursuit of the villainous Simon Phoenix in 1996, however the two end up frozen in a cryogenic state and are hatched again in 2032. The game pretty much follows themovie, I’d suggest looking into the film firsthand.


“Demolition Man” was one of the games released much later in the Sega Genesis era, so the graphics are just about as good as they can be. Some characters might come off a bit blocky here and there. Bigger guns tend to slow down the images a bit but they also produce many effects. The first two levels are from a bird’s eye view and are perceived much more than the levels that follow after them. Nevertheless, this game has some beautiful scenery.


The estimated learning curve in this game is roughly two minutes at the most. The controls are quite simple and responsive, even though you will encounter a few tricky jumps. In no time, you’ll be hitting through levels like a fireball.


“Demolition Man” contains many elements from shooters and plat-formers alike. One thing you can do there that you can’t in any other Genesis game is shoot in multiple directions (simply hold down the shoot button and move in whichever direction you like and the aim will move with you, pretty cool huh?), this applies to grenades as well. 

You’ve got ten levels to play through here, all of them contain a good amount of depth and space to explore both horizontally as well as vertically, and the tasks in each one (plat-forming and shooting) are pretty much the same, but the backgrounds change often enough to keep it from becoming something repetitive (a trap which many games like this often fall into unfortunately). Two levels are completely from a bird’s eye perspective where you shoot to kill and rescue hostages. The game even keeps score of how many bad guys you gunned down at the end of every level you beat and trust me, expect a very high body count in this game.


There is some replay value to “Demolition Man” as there are three levels of difficulty. With ten levels total, the lowest set of difficulty won’t permit you to go past the seventh level. The only problem is after switching to higher difficulty levels, pulling through challenge after intense challenge, and finally winning the game… “Demolition Man” awards the player no new ending at all.

Overall, it is fun to play for the sheer amount of destruction and the potential for massive body counts. Aside from being based on the movie, it is clear that this game is called “Demolition Man” for a reason.

Rating: ***1/2


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