Full Motion Cheese: Sega CD Games That Belong on the App Store
Because Corey Haim and Dana Plato would look marvelous on iPad.
Old school video games eventually reappear on newer systems, since there's money to be made off nostalgia. Bottom line, it's cool to be retro.
Sega is well aware of this, and has done a great job bringing its classic games to a variety of platforms, including the App Store, where iPhone and iPad owners can enjoy such Genesis hits as Streets of Rage 2, Sonic the Hedgehog and Phantasy Star 2.
That's fine, but another system (well, more like add-on) deserves a chance to shine.
If you recall, the Sega CD is the company's ill-fated attachment for the Genesis that debuted in 1992, back when the tech world was into grainy full motion video. So was Sega, and the powers that be banked on a variety of cheesy games with horrible acting and limited interaction. The system tanked, big time.
Then again, like the Dreamcast, the Sega CD was a bit ahead of its time. Full-motion gaming never caught on, but these games would make a perfect fit for the iPhone and iPad, complete with touch controls. On that note, we'd love to play the following.
Without question the most infamous full motion game, Night Trap put the sub genre on the map, largely because it stars deceased actress Dana Plato, features terrible acting and women running around in their underwear.
The actual game tasks you with setting traps for monsters to protect these scantily clad ladies. Clearly a case of a game being so bad, it's good.
Ground Zero: Texas
Aliens descend upon the small town of El Cadron, Texas, and only you can stop them. With a two million dollar budget and Hollywood director Dwight H. Little (of Marked for Death fame) behind the camera, Ground Zero Texas was quite an ambitious undertaking that apparently paid off, as the game received praise for its visuals. We'd love to see what the fuss was about without lugging home a dusty Sega CD. The iPad seems like a perfect fit.
Night Trap popularized full motion gaming, but Sewer Shark was the first title to use it. You step into the boots of a rookie pilot charged with navigating your way through sewers while killing mutant rats, bats and other dangerous critters, receiving praise or criticism from Ghost, a veteran sewer jockey.
Eighties heartthrob Corey Haim (RIP) lent his acting chops to this cracked out production, where he plays Eddie, a weirdo trapped in a basement. Your job is to get him out, but first, you must set traps to thwart a bunch of goons. We need this game.
If you had dreams of becoming a fire fighter, Fahrenheit will help you scratch that itch or crush them entirely. Instead of setting traps, you dive into burning buildings in search of survivors, where making split second decisions (the right ones, anyway) are the difference between life and death. It's kind of like the film Backdraft. Wait, no it's not.
Next to Ground: Zero Texas, Supreme Warrior is the most visually arresting full motion game. For starters, it's a first person fighter set in China hundreds of years ago. That alone sold us. Beyond that, it stars a whacky cast of characters and some of the funniest acting we've had the privilege of witnessing. Pure gold.
Of course, in a perfect world, we'd be able to play Marky Mark: Make My Video.