Monday, November 11, 2019

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 134 - Jurassic Park (Master System)

When we started playing Jurassic Park games we didn't really plan on playing this many. There were a couple we already had on hand and a couple we were interested in, and that was supposed to be it. Then we discovered SEGA actually had unique exclusive Jurassic Park games so the plan went out the window and we just played all of them. Don't worry, we definitely* won't be playing Game Boy JP games. Probably. Today's game for Eric Vs. 365 is Jurassic Park for the SEGA Master System. Click to read all about it and watch gameplay.

I have a confession - it wasn't until I was well into my adult years that I realized the SEGA Master System even existed. When I was a kid there was basically only the Nintendo NES and then the SEGA Genesis came out in 1989 and my little 6-year old mind assumed they were equal and the same. I had no concept of console generations, and I didn't know anything besides Nintendo even existed. Even after the terms 8-Bit or 16-Bit came into my lexicon, and I understood that the Genesis was actually as powerful as the SNES and wasn't really competing with the NES, I seriously thought the Genesis was SEGA's first system and that "Master System" was just another nickname for it like how it was called "Mega Drive" in other parts of the world. It wasn't until years and years later that I realized "Oh, the Master System was the equivalent to the NES".

I was a kid, so shut up. Even though I was, technically, wrong, I wasn't "really" wrong, though. The Master System sucks. Every Master System game I've ever seen looks worse than its NES counterpart and the controller is a mess. Master System sucks. I'm joking. Kind of. I don't want to ever play another Master System game again, though. I don't see the point.

Anyway. All of that Master System talk is because today's game is Jurassic Park for the SEGA Master System. It was developed and published by SEGA itself and is quite different from the Ocean Software product for the NES. The NES JP game was a top down adventure game that had you exploring the island and doing all sorts of neat stuff. The MS JP game is a terrible 2D platformer with awful controls and brutally difficult level design that isn't any fun to play at all. It's seriously crap. I hate it.

So there you go.