(Right Stuff, 1993)

Introduction and Story:

Here is one of the final games released for the Turbo Duo and guess what: "It's a Shooter!" OK, now I know what your thinking and yes, the Turbografx-16/Duo already has tons of these forced flying and blasting crap in the sky titles already like that cool Super Star Soldier to that super lame fish one called Deep Blue. I swear that 40 percent of the the Turbo's library is nothing but these types of games and I'm even kidding around here. So what in the hell makes this game called Syd Mead's Terraforming so god damn special? Well, it's not only one of the few video games to be designed by a famous Hollywood graphics artist (Syd Mead of course) but it is also one very chaotic title that's actual surprisingly quite fun to play. Although chances are most of you never even heard of it before, doesn't mean it sucks and I want to help get the word out on this incredible game.

The game play and bottomline:  
Just like any other shooter you kill anything that gets in your way and you have three different power ups to do it (the laser, homing shot, and multi-angle gun). Definitely not the most original weapons but they all work well and this game keeps it simple since you only get two side pods for protection and a powerful charge shot if you don't fire off the main cannon in a few seconds. What makes this game so cool though is the very intense levels like the volcano and dark caverns are filled with tons of enemies at once.

Sure, the game is action packed but it is definitely most famous though for having some incredible looking backgrounds and character art by the acclaimed movie artist Syd Mead and if you don't know his work then check out the movies Blade Runner, Aliens, Tron and many more. Being a semi-artist myself it's awesome to see someone who draws for a living get his own name get attracted to a game title here.

Despite the unoriginal theme here and being yet another shoot em up on a system that has too many as it is, still this is a very intense game that can have loads of enemies on screen at a time so the action is just insane! If that wasn't enough the game comes with some great music too. Sadly, the only things Terra Forming lacks is a Save feature and an in game story line but everything else here is absolutely top notch. Finding the game isn't going to be easy or cheap (hopefully you can get lucky?) so good luck out there.

*Extremely Rare Duo game!!

Syd Mead's Terraforming

overall rating: 79/100
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For 1 player only
graphics: 9/10
sound: 9/10
gameplay: 7/10
replay: 7/10

(Ryan Genno) 2008

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