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SONIC BLAST MAN
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ソニックブラストマン
©Taito Corp.1992
Release: 1992-09-25 (¥8500)
Cartridge SHVC-SK
Fighting game

American Version
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Released in America as
SONIC BLAST MAN
( SNS-SK-USA )

European Version
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Released in Europe as
SONIC BLAST MAN
( SNSP-SK-XXX )
Sonic Blast Man is a side scrolling beat'em up by Taito loosely based the arcade game of the same name originally released in 1990. Heavy Blast Man, evil twin brother of Sonic Blast Man, has decided to take over the world and the universe. But the path towards saving the world is never an easy one, and Sonic Blast Man embarks on a long journey to find his twin sibling, and ultimately defeat him. The player takes control of the unique and wacky super hero in a strange outfit and a tiny cape - he however comes with a complete repertoire of traditional moves such as basic punches and jumps, or powerful and devastating grabbing attacks (he can grab an opponent by the head with a single hand!). But his D-Punches signature moves are what make him such a dangerous opponent! The player starts the game with a limited stock of three, and their function is very similar to super-bombs in a traditional shooter, and they literally knock all enemies off the screen and absorb most of their life bars in a flash. Each level ends with wacky bonus stages where our hero has to trigger a devastating Mega-Punch against a ruthless enemy, ranging from futile gang members to a giant crab or a huge meteor hurling towards Earth!
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Sonic Blast Man was an arcade game by Taito originally released in 1990. However, it was an entirely different game than the Super Famicom version tested here. Sonic Blast Man was a "Power Punch" arcade machine with a camera option allowing players to take their pictures, and to use it as an avatar. The goal of the game was to knock out your opponents, or at least destroy whatever was facing you. A real boxing glove and a punching-pad were attached to the arcade game and the players had to literally punch it - the stronger was the hit, the more damage they would inflict to the virtual opponent. Only the Super Famicom bonus stages do somehow reference the original arcade game. Interestingly, it seems that Sonic Blast Man, the original arcade game, was recalled in the United States because of its "violent" content. As a side note, a sequel to the Super Famicom game was released in 1994 and was simply called Sonic Blast Man II.

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Sonic Blast Man is not an amazing title but it is definitively a fun and wacky beat'em up. I have only two complaints about it though. First of all, the D-Punch is much too powerful and if you cleverly use it, you can finish the game without even touching a boss. Then Sonic Blast Man is crying for a two-player option! This would have definitively been a welcomed feature. Graphically, Sonic Blast Man is really well done, it features fairly large sprites on screen and some ridiculous (in a good way) enemy designs. Controls are also responsive, even if on the slow side - well, the game does quickly become slow to play and really repetitive. All in all, Sonic Blast Man is an unique game that doesn't take itself too seriously (some parts are ridiculous and way over-the-top), and yet, it is a game that's incredibly fun to play !




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