the best sega master system games

Here’s a round up of what we think are the best Sega Master System games. We tried to include something for all tastes.

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The Best Sega Master System Games

Fantasy Zone – This cutesy shooter is actually a lot of fun. I never really fell in love with the shooter genre until the late 1990’s, but I always liked Fantasy Zone.

golvelliusGolden Axe Warrior – Zelda clone? Sure. Who gives a rat’s ass? GAW is a solid enough game that any Zelda fan should give it a try, and anyone who ignores it for being a ripoff is a complete tool.

Golvellius: The Valley of Doom – Another game that is often dismissed as a Zelda clone by those who haven’t played it. Golvellius is more than a hard-to-pronounce game or a clone! A very fun Action/RPG.

Hang-On – The SMS had some pretty decent and completely enjoyable arcade ports for it’s day and Hang-On was often packed in with or built into many versions of the SMS. It won’t be hard to track down a way to play this classic.

Outrun – See Hang-On. Outrun was a fairly good port of the arcade hit. If you buy one game on the Master System featuring a hot chick in a bitchin’ car, make it Outrun!

Phantasy Star – Every single person who can play SMS carts should own Phantasy Star. Duh? Very impressive first-person dungeon sequences highlight a very solid, highly accessible RPG.

Rampage – Play as a giant lizard, wolfman, or ape and terrorize every city in your path! This classic arcade game did grow stale after the billionth screen, but I never got tired of beating down my brother when it did. A precursor to today’s popular one-on-one fighting game genre? Definitely!

Shinobi – My absolute favorite SMS action game. Every time I pop it in, it takes me back to my childhood. Shinobi is just as fun at home on the Master System as it was in the arcades.

wonder boy dragon's trapSpace Harrier – See a pattern with the Sega arcade ports? There was even a 3D version of the game published for use with the 3D glasses! A very fun and crazy action/shooting game.

Wonder Boy in Monster Land – I loved Action/RPGs growing up (still do!) and there was plenty to like about Monster Land. Bright, fun, well animated with decent music. The only thing I never liked was that damn timer.

Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap – Quite possibly my favorite SMS game ever, The Dragon’s Trap starts off where Monster Land left off. Wonderboy is cursed and transformed from a human into many different beasts, each with their own unique abilities. Can you play an incredibly enjoyable game and restore him to his normal state? HELL YES YOU CAN! I couldn’t stop playing this game when I first got ahold of it!