My Life with SEGA tackles the ultimate cute ’em up: Fantasy Zone

This week on My Life with SEGA, we’ll be exploring Opa-Opa’s very first adventure in the Fantasy Zone.

Fantasy Zone is one of many titles brother insisted on buying for the Master System. It was so strange and other-worldly. Fantasy Zone was unlike any other he shooter he had seen before. While the gameplay is similar to something like Defender, that game was nowhere near as colorful and cheerful. I can’t remember ever seeing this fucker in the arcades, so I thought this was a Master System original for many years….

Playing it again after two decades, let’s see if it’s just as good – and frustrating – as I remember it being. Like this video? Subscribe to the SEGAbits YouTube channel!

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3 responses to “My Life with SEGA tackles the ultimate cute ’em up: Fantasy Zone

  1. Centrale says:

    I love this bizarre game. That title screen logo looks like some kind of hybrid of graffiti, Vaughn Bode comic, and Sega’s own signature brand of weirdness. I never did see the arcade version until years after the Master System era, and only then via MAME. The music is extremely catchy, popping into my mind at the most random times. And although it has been scaled down a bit for the SMS hardware, as you noted, I’m seriously impressed by how many sprites it moves around on the screen simultaneously. This is also a great title for people wanting a fast-paced, hectic, difficult old school game – with a bit of strategic depth due to both the ability to purchase power-ups, and the out-of-control inflation once you’ve bought one.

  2. Centrale says:

    I haven’t played it yet – in fact it wasn’t until fairly recently that I even knew it existed!

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