The RetroBeat: World of Phantasm is a Genesis co-op treasure


I’m nonetheless taking part in plenty of the Sega Genesis Mini. Sadly, most of you’ll have to wait till the retro console’s official launch date on September earlier than you’ll be able to take pleasure in its library of 42 video games. However I’m having a good time going again to plenty of my childhood favorites.

World of Phantasm is one in every of them. It’s a cooperative 2D platformer starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. I’ve cherished Disney so long as I’ve cherished video video games, which is so long as I can bear in mind. As I child, I loved World of Phantasm as a result of it was a colourful sport starring a few of my favourite cartoon characters that I might play with my brothers.

Now that I’m older and am getting an opportunity to play World of Phantasm for the primary time in years, I can recognize simply how intelligent and charming this sidescroller is.

A world of distinction

Launched in 1992, World of Phantasm is type of a sequel to Fort of Phantasm, which was one other Genesis sidescroller that stars Mickey Mouse. Really, World of Phantasm is type of the third a part of an official trilogy of Genesis Disney video games all made by the identical workforce, with Quackshot starring Donald Duck resting within the center (sadly, that’s the one one of many three not included with the Genesis Mini).

Its identify suggests it will have so much in widespread with Fort of Phantasm, but it surely performs little like its predecessor. Fort of Phantasm is generally about leaping on and bouncing off of enemies. World of Phantasm solely provides Mickey and Donald magic capes to assault with. It’s much less about combating enemies and extra about cooperative platforming.

At the least it’s when you’re taking part in it with two gamers. World of Phantasm really has three totally different experiences. You may play alone as Mickey or Donald, or two gamers can management each characters. Every variation has its personal route. Once you’re taking part in with two folks, you’ll be able to soar off of one another’s shoulders to succeed in excessive locations. Then the character who reached the excessive spot can drop a rope for the opposite climb. Once you’re taking part in solo, ranges will accommodate your lack of associate with issues like catapults that can show you how to attain these heights with out the assistance of a pal.

However even should you’re taking part in alone, the expertise modifications based mostly on who you play as. Mickey is ready to squeeze via sure gaps that Donald’s giant duck behind can’t move via, making the characters undergo totally different paths in the identical degree.

Taking part in the sport with a pal is absolutely the best way to go. If Donald will get caught, the individual taking part in as Mickey can seize him and pull him out. Even with the straightforward 16-bit graphics, it’s amusing to see Mickey have to come back to Donald’s rescue.

World of Phantasm seems to be nice. It’s a giant step up from the graphics in Fort of Phantasm, presenting levels with brighter colours and characters that do a greater job resembling their cartoon counterparts.

It’s additionally a breezy and chill sport. You’ll have some moments of problem, however World of Phantasm will not be a troublesome or lengthy. When you needed to, you may take pleasure in it with a pal in a pair sittings (or one actually lengthy one).

Once you get your Genesis Mini, you’ll have entry to plenty of nice cooperative video games like Gunstar Heroes and Streets of Rage 2. Simply don’t overlook World of Phantasm, one in every of my favourite Disney video video games ever.

The RetroBeat is a weekly column that appears at gaming’s previous, diving into classics, new retro titles, or how previous favorites — and their design strategies — encourage right now’s market and experiences. When you’ve got any retro-themed initiatives or scoops you’d wish to ship my method, please contact me.

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