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DecapAttack (Genesis) review

"Get ahead of the game"

On this amusing Sega Genesis title, you play the part of Chuck D. Head, who must traverse the various spooky locations in order to find artifacts that will help place the scattered islands together after the nefarious Max D. rises to conquer the world. During your quest you may get the assistance of Igor and Dr. Drank D. Stein using a combination of potions and items to have a better means of success.

The play mechanics of Decap Attack are quite unique for its time; you may get the aid of a skull to lob at enemies, jump on them, or hit them with your face, which extends from Check's torso. Quite an abnormal way to fend off creatures and a bit creepy, but at the same time amusing and a bit charming. Chuck can also control his descend by tapping the jump button repeatedly, to ensure a safe landing away from hazards below. During your mission you may search for special items hidden throughout, which will become a key item needed to defeat the last boss of the game. At the end of each third segment of a stage you will face off against a boss in order to continue to the next level. You may get a chance to acquire special items through a bonus game if you had collected enough coins.

Chuck has an awkward way to get himself along as well; every time you stop he would stumble and flail uncontrollably, moving a few steps after stopping, which could result in landing into an endless pit if not careful. The world Decap Attack plays on is a bit overwhelming, trying to find your way throughout the bizarre environments not sure what will you expect on the next screen, but the game is so amusing to play you get the hang of it as you move on. Chuck himself is a bizarre concept all his own, a mummy with no head and a face on his torso which adds to the weirdness to the entire thing. The soundtrack is campy and silly, which mixes well with the play mechanics.

The concept of having a monster as the main hero is another welcome concept. Many games in its time would feature dashing heroes in armor or kids with attitude who would dare take on vile monsters and creatures set to destroy humanity. Chuck himself is a monster who takes on monsters to defend a monster-filled world.

You might have a hard time getting used to said play mechanics of the game, perhaps you would just try it out and find out its just not your cup of tea, or then play all the way till you are able to beat it, Decap Attack is not your average plat forming game by all means, but it is quite the amusing title and one quite unique at that.


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Community review by CptRetroBlue (October 31, 2018)

Cpt. Retro likes old school gaming the most and grew up playing Arcade games in Mexico. He also loves talking about retrogaming.

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