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Release year: 1995 | Players: 1 player | Developed by Sega Technical Institute
Comix Zone (Genesis)
Comix Zone is a is an amazing beat ’em up video game developed and published by Sega for the Sega Genesis in 1995. An unusual feature of the game is that it is set within the panels of a comic book with dialogue rendered within talk bubbles and sprites and backgrounds possessing the bright colours and dynamic drawing style favoured by superhero comics. What are you waiting to play it online?
Comix Zone was released for the Sega Genesis back in the later portion of 1995. This was the time when the newer generation of consoles in the form of the PlayStation and Nintendo 64 just got released. It was one of the last beat ‘em up games ever to be released for the preceding generation of consoles, and certainly one of the more creative titles, if not better game, released for the Genesis.
The game stars a blonde burly comic artist who suddenly gets sucked into the world that he was sketching. Yes, it has that sort of fourth wall shattering premise that pokes fun at the meta medium tropes that it can abuse.
What makes Comix Zone on Genesis such a unique title and a cult classic for many of today’s gamers is the fact that it plays out like a combination of a fighting game and an adventure game. See, the game is divided into different panels like a comic book. Each panel is an area where a puzzle should be solved or an opponent has to be defeated. Clearing each panel will move the player to the next. What’s so interesting about it is that the setting is used as a method for a seamless transition from one part of the game to the next, without having to black out into a loading screen.
This is actually quite a very clever way of making long levels without the use of transition mechanics. The game’s method of moving from one part of the game to the other is sort of similar to the way titles like Unchartered or Tomb Raider use long sections of walking or crawling to load assets to provide for a seamless transition from one part of the game to the next.
Comix Zone for the Genesis is a title that did not get the attention and praise that it deserved as gamers began to jump to the next generation of consoles. Comix Zone is a very fun and interesting, albeit difficult, title that lovers of cult classic games will enjoy.
Comix Zone has been ported to PC (DOS, Windows), Sega Genesis (this version), Virtual Console, Game Boy Advance, and Xbox 360.