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The thing that's really striking about Vectorman is the quality of the graphics. I don't believe I have ever seen a character move so smoothly on a 16-bit machine as the lead character does in this game. Sound quality is slightly above average for this type of game.
The game itself is pretty much what you'd expect from a scrolling arcade style game. The action is fast and unrelenting. It's a bit like Sonic the Hedgehog, except you don't jump over obstacles like Sonic does, you obliterate them with your "weapon du jour". You don't roll up into a ball and bowl over your enemies like Sonic, you morph into a bomb and explode everything in sight. In fact, you can morph into a power drill, a dune buggy, a jet, a missile, a fish, a "dancing fool", a train and even a cricket. Each of these morphs will be particularly useful at various points in the action.
Three difficulty levels are offered for your gaming pleasure, "Lame", "Wicked" and "Insane". It is this reviewers opinion that most players will find the "Lame" level tough enough. I had difficulty even getting through the first level of "Wicked".
One feature which is unique about Vectorman is that selected cartridges have been programmed to provide the gamer with a passcode and phone number to call when they finish the game. Lucky gamers can win a Sega Saturn, $10,000 or a grand prize of $25,000. Sega has informed Coming Soon Magazine that the Grand Prize has been won, but there are still several unclaimed $10,000 prizes and many Saturn prizes left to claim. The contest is open till the end of June, 1996.
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