The Quartz Arcade

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S

A single Game Gear game was released based on Sailor Moon.  It also happens to be the only beat 'em up game based on Sailor Moon S, my favorite anything having to do with the Sailor Moon franchise.  Unfortunately while the game is an excellent title for the Game Gear, it's really just a fairly mediocre title compared to the other Sailor Moon games of the time.  Rather than dumbing down the beat 'em up games of the Super Famicom and Mega Drive or simply colorizing the Game Boy titles, Sailor Moon S on Game Gear goes right down the middle.  The graphics and styling are similar to the Game Boy games but gameplay is that of a single plane beat 'em up with some light platforming thrown in.  Enemies usually take more than one hit to go down depending on your attack method, lending itself to that beat 'em up feel.  You even have a charged range attack similar to the free specials in the beat 'em up titles.  My big complaint is that enemy placement tends to get pretty cheap once you reach the third stage, coupled with objects that constatly fall from the top of the screen.  The biggest problem with them is that often you cannot see the falling objects until it's too late to get out of the way.  Even if you listen for the sound that alerts you to something falling, it's often too late to do anything about it.  Without that cheapness the game would be a lot more fun.  I suppose I'm mostly disappointed that this game ended up on the Game Gear rather than on the Super Famicom as a proper third beat 'em up in the series.  Sailor Moon R on the Super Famicom looked and played great and I always wished there was a Sailor Moon S sequel.  Oh well, this is still a very nice Game Gear title and easily better than more than half of that consoles library.

Click the picture of the title screen to download the ROM image.

Selected Screen Shots:

Sailor Moon has some new moves that make the game play more like a platformer. The Witches 5 are featured as the end of stage bosses, making me really wish this was on other hardware. 

Each stage features foreground and background objects, bright color and nice deal throughout. Special attacks can be used and feature sprite animations nicely based off the source material.

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