Review by Truck_1_0_1_
Its Not Like its Genesis Counterpart, Though Its Still Good!
After the fantastic display that was Dodge Danpei for the Sega Genesis, I quickly scoured the internet for more games, or the anime series on DVD. Sadly there was no series available (if anyone can get access to an English subbed set of this Anime, please notify me!), however there was this game, which I quickly snatched up. While it is not as good as its Genesis counterpart, nor is it anything like its Genesis counterpart, it is still a solid game. Game play will shed some light as to why.
Game play: 8/10
Being all in Japanese, it is tricky to understand how to play this game at first, however once you get the hang of it, it becomes second nature to you. Basically, instead of real-time throwing and catching of the ball like in the Genesis version, the Game Gear version differs in that you set up your players, set up your shot, and then throw the ball to try and hit one of the members of the opposing team. It makes the game more turn-based, though that is not necessarily a bad thing. One good feature is that each character has a variety of different throws, instead of normal, and their own special throw (which they had on the Genesis version). There is only one mode, and sadly, only one team can be played, but the game play is still rock solid. As is the story.
Dan Ichigeki is a little boy from Japan, and he has a rare gift in that he is a master of the sport of dodgeball, at a young age. His father was one of the greatest dodgeball players in history, and it seems that Dan has inherited this ability. Continue the rest of the story (in Japanese!) as you play this game. Graphics will be covered next.
Wow these are great visuals, probably the best I have ever seen on the Game Gear. While the field of play is standard Game Gear faire, the animations that are shown when the ball is thrown is incredible, jaw dropping if you consider this is on the Game Gear. The cut scenes in between the matches are also fantastic, with text scrawled amongst the faces of those who are talking. Sounds are up.
Nothing special here at all, just standard Game Gear sounds. The music is nothing special, and the sounds sound, well, mediocre. There is a swoosh every time the ball is thrown and missed, and a clunking noise every time the ball is caught. Other than that, there is nothing truly redeeming in Dodge Danpei. Can it be replayed?
Replay ability: 7/10
While this game can get quite a bit of play time, the chances of that happening are slim, as it is both hard to figure out, and even harder to play (this is one hard game, and you will need quite a bit of practice to get everything down pat. Once you do though, you're in for a ride!
Buy or rent?
Have you ever been able to rent Game Gear games? Well this would be a title to rent beforehand, just to see if you like it or not. Otherwise, just go out and buy it; you will not be disappointed.
I still think basing an anime/game series around a kid who plays dodgeball, and his rivals, is one of the greatest ideas in those respective media, ever. While dodgeball is not an official sport, there should be some games released on dodgeball, and I guarantee you that a company such as Electronic Arts would profit heavily from it. It is too bad though that this sport has fallen by the wayside, as this game and its Genesis counterpart have shown, that even though they were made over 15 years ago, they are great games, with great stories. "Game Set!"
Rating: 4.0 - Great
Product Release: Honoo no Doukyuuji: Dodge Danpei (JP, 08/07/92)
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