RetroCollect's Top 5 Sega Game Gear Platform Games

RetroCollects-Top-5-Sega-Game-Gear-Platform-GamesIf there is one thing we love here at RetroCollect, it’s running, collecting coins and jumping on enemies heads. We take a nostalgic look back at the many classics on offer with our Top 5 Platform games for the Sega Game Gear.

While the Game Gear was secretly a beefed up portable Master System, it didn’t stop the handheld from hosting a selection of both exclusive titles and ports from the home console. With a quaint 196 titles to choose from the PAL library of Game Gear games, here are our favourite platform gems Sega’s colour handheld wonder has to offer.

Ronald McDonald in the Magical World

Regular readers of RetroCollect should instantly look upon this title with familiarity. Having already featured as one of our favourite hidden gems the Sega Game Gear has to offer, it should come as no surprise Ronald McDonald in the Magical World made it’s way onto our Top 5 list.

Despite remaining a Japanese exclusive, this brightly coloured arrival from the Golden Arches comes a must have for any Game Gear collection. The 16 level adventure featuring the one and only Ronald McDonald will have any retro gamer hooked in what could be described as a handheld version of the Sega Mega Drive classic, McDonald's Treasure Land Adventure.

Shinobi GG

As mentioned earlier, a lot of Sega’s 8-bit output found itself released upon both the Sega Game Gear and Sega Master System with next to no changes. Shinobi for the Game gear however is quite different to the Master System arcade port offering and often considered the better of the two.

Within seconds of starting Shinobi GG, many gamers found themselves visiting the Highway stage and being instantly drawn in with the fast paced ninja action set upon the roofs of cars and trucks speeding along a busy motorway. But if there is anything which must be said about Shinobi’s Game Gear outing is that it’s not one for the light-hearted. While it may only have a handful of stages to offer, each one is lined with a rather high difficulty ensuring you return over and over again to tackle the menacing levels within Neo City.

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The Lucky Dime Caper starring Donald Duck

Years before the countless movie tie-ins arrived on various video game consoles, Disney allowed a lot more creative freedom with their characters and their appearances in video games. Thankfully this freedom allowed such titles as The Lucky Dime Caper starring Donald Duck to arrive on various consoles, which are still yet to be bettered by some of the big budget modern Disney releases.

Taking the simple premise of kidnapped nephews, it was up to Donald Duck to travel across the world to rescue both his relatives and Uncle Scrooge's Number One Dime from the evil witch Magica De Spell. While the story was nothing spectacular, the precise controls, bright visuals and creative levels allowed for Disney to bring Donald Duck to life for a wide range of gamers to enjoy.

A sequel to the widely popular Lucky Dime Caper eventually arrived a few years later under the title Deep Duck Trouble, offering just as much enjoyment and challenge as the previous outing.

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Sonic the Hedgehog

As expected, Sonic the Hedgehog makes a prominent entry into our top platformers list, but not for his appearances elsewhere. While Sonic’s first outing on the Sega Mega Drive was in 1991, he was later brought back down to an all new 8-bit version supposedly following on from the events of his 16-bit adventure (according to the manual). 

The largely different Game Gear (and Master System) version of Sonic the Hedgehog features an alternate range of levels, special stages and bosses, offering gamers yet another enticing blue hedgehog challenge. One of the most noticeable differences was regarding Chaos Emeralds. Instead of being enclosed within a end of level special stage, Chaos Emeralds were carefully hidden amongst the main levels of the game, often sat on obscure ledges awaiting collection from anybody.

While we won’t tempt fate and say Sonic the Hedgehog’s 8-bit outing is the better of the two, we will say it’s worth a looking as one of the more enjoyable Sonic titles to date which doesn’t get the credit it deserves.

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Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse

Despite featuring a Disney classic previously in this list, no Master System or Game gear collection is complete without the masterpiece that is Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse. Once again the creative freedom Disney offered developers allowed a certain mouse to shine brightly as one of the best platformers a handheld has ever had to offer.

Taking charge of Mickey Mouse, you must help him rescue his one and only from the grasps of the evil witch Mizrabel. You’ll be facing a range of surreal levels from chocolate filled rooms to animated toy boxes filled with both puzzles and surprises along the way.

With only a small selection of 6 stages to challenge, the element which really brought this game together was the multiple choices offered throughout the game. From the get go, you could choose which stage to tackle first allowing you to traverse the more challenging moving screen sections of the chocolate level before breezing through the magical forest.

In short, the catchy tunes, bright visuals, accurate controls and level of depth Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse offered was more than any Game Gear owner was expecting to arrive on their handhelds in 1991.

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Other notable Game Gear mentions

Sadly there were a few more we wanted to feature within this list but felt the places were better suited to those above. Out of these, Coca Cola Kid stood out as one of the must haves along with the Sonic the Hedgehog spin off Tail’s Adventures. The sequel to Castle of Illusion titled Land of Illusion also came close to making the list alongside the ambitious Castlevania clone Master of Darkness.

Time to dust off that Game gear or even consider looking into the all in one solution of the Everdrive GG Flash Cartridge.

Last Updated ( 10 May 2011 )  


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(Link to this comment) Ewokmic 2011-05-11 17:05
I love Master System / Game Gear Sonic 1 game. Much more well known here in the UK than over in the US where the Master System had died out by the time of release. I might dig out my GG tonight!
(Link to this comment) Nightowljrm 2011-05-12 03:32
I remember being jealous of my cousins' GG when I was a little. I still don't have one to this day. It's not high on my grab-list, but if I see one cheap, I'd love to snatch it. I have played the Game Gear Sonic the Hedgehog off a compilation disc before and it was very fun. However, I haven't played the Game Gear Mickey Mouse Castle of Illusion, though I have played the SNES version. Both are very good games. I'd say this is a very nice list. =)
(Link to this comment) OdenAndEvil 2011-05-15 02:11
I played under my bedcover hours b4 i really went sleep. That led light was just a great idea of sega. I will never understand how that happend to sega...
i seriously need to play Ronald McDonald in the Magical World. never heard about that game, and it doesnt look like i missed much. but im sure i will laugh alot. ^^
Nice top 5!
(Link to this comment) Segatarian 2015-11-20 23:31
cool list.
i would prefer land of illusion over casttle.
i had good times with ren&stimpy and aladin too.

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