Woody Pop (ウッディポップ 新人類のブロックくずし) is a ball & paddle game for the Sega Game Gear.
Woody Pop Images
|Alternate Titles||Woody Pop: Shinjinrui no Block Kuzugi
|Genre||Ball & Paddle|
|# of Players||1|
|Release Dates||March 1st, 1991 (JP)
|Release Prices||¥ 2,900 (JP)
$ ? (NA)
£ 24.99 (EU)
₩ ? (KR)
|Product IDs||G-3103 (JP)
Woody Pop Overview
Woody Pop is a ball & paddle game quite similar to Arkanoid or Breakout. Seeing as how those more well-known games aren’t available on the Game Gear, that’s just fine. The next closest thing you can find is Devilish.
You take control of a tree spirit named Woody, who is portrayed as a wooden log in game. He uses his ball to break down blocks setup by his enemy The Mad Machine inside the Mansion Toy Factory. Yeah, that’s the premise Sega went with for this clone.
After you complete each screen, you are given the choice of which adjacent room to proceed to. Some of the rooms are indicated as being more difficult than the others and therefore reward more points to the player. That’s something different than most Breakout clones, at least.
Woody was originally released on the Master System in 1987 in Japan only and then ported to the Game Gear in most territories in 1991.
Woody Pop Artwork
Music from the game was featured on Sega SG-1000 30th Anniversary Collection (セガ SG-1000 30th アニバーサリーコレクション), a 4-CD soundtrack compilation published by WAVEMASTER (Catalog # WM-0703~6) on July 31st, 2013 for ¥ 5,250. All nine of Woody Pop‘s songs made the cut.
You can download a PDF scan of the booklet here.
You can download a PDF of the Japanese manual here.
A guide for the SMS version of the game by Joni details how the game is played. It covers all of the different bricks and power-ups.
Special Thanks / Sources
-Most of the artwork scans thanks to Video Game Art Archive.