Thanks to some awesome tunes, you’ll be rockin’ out as you battle the forces of evil. The music is sort of a cross between electronic and rock, and while it sometimes relies too much on odd-sounding drum samples, it helps set a somewhat frantic pace akin to the television show. The sound effects aren’t as good, but they get the job done. Kicks and punches sound hollow (think Streets of Rage through a tin horn), and the voice clips, though clear and well-pronounced, sound absolutely nothing like their TV counterparts.
Controlling your fighter is simple. There’s only two attack buttons, light and hard, with jumping and ducking variations. Blocking is performed by holding the D-pad away from your attacker, just like in almost every other fighting game of the era. Executing special moves is easy as well, requiring only a few Street Fighter-esque button taps.
Here’s where things start falling apart. Unfortunately, this game falls prey to the same lazy programming techniques that most other Morphin’ games do: Each Power Ranger fights exactly the same way, with the exception of two or three special attacks. With only two attack buttons, one would think it would have been simple to make a few different animations and mix them up among the heroes. But instead, Banpresto chose the lazy way out and made everyone pallet swaps. After a while, it feels like you’re playing an entire game starring the many ninjas of Mortal Kombat and its sequels.
After the first round of a match, it’s off to one of the Power Rangers’ giant robots to battle your now building-sized nemesis. But even this feature doesn’t add enough variety to rescue the game. There are very few combos, so matches quickly degenerate into hit-and-run fests or tiresome fireball fights. It’s fun at the beginning, but after finishing the game once or twice, solo players will likely have seen everything Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers has to offer. Thankfully, the higher difficulty settings pose a decent challenge, but this title probably won’t hold your interest long enough for that to matter. Like the show on which it’s based, the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers game is too repetitive for its own good.
But lo! By entering a secret code, (continuously tap the A, B and C buttons on player 2’s controller at the Banpresto logo screen until a “Power Rangers!” voice clip is played) one can play as the Evil Green Ranger. He’s a most unique character indeed: For some reason, he can fight two of the three giant robots and as long as the other player hasn’t selected one of the remaining Power Rangers, one can fight in any of the six stages they choose. With so few two player options, why the programmers would make Evil Green inaccessible by normal means is beyond me. You shouldn’t have to enter a code to make a game decently playable, but this new character gives versus mode a much-needed kick in the pants.
|"This game should have more of me in it!"|
Overall, this title reeks of sloppiness and the “rush it out the door” mentality that was so prevalent with Sega during the mid and late 90s. Literally one more week cleaning up this game could have made it infinitely more playable, and another month could have produced a product that was appealing to both the younger set as well as hardcore fighting fanatics. Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers on the Genesis is a genuinely entertaining game on the first short playthrough and it will give you and a buddy a nice diversion for an hour or two, but as it stands, that’s likely all the Morphin’ time you’ll want to spend with it. Grab a copy for some quick nostalgia if you see it for a few dollars, but soon you’ll wish you could morph this clunker into another game. For some real Mighty Morphin’ action, check out either of the far-superior Power Ranger Game Gear titles.
And now a message from the Power Rangers!
|"Hey Se-ga! I used to have a game like this, until my father got a job!"|