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Sega Master System Light Phaser Games

Posted by satan165, 20 July 2010 · 6,333 views

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I have been on a quest for a while to collect all the light gun games for the system and submit to Twin Galaxies on all of them.

Here is the short version of my progress:
1. Marksman Shooting - 397,000 points, already verified. UPDATE: increased score to 431500, awaiting verification.
2. Trap Shooting - 78,900 points, already verified. UPDATE: increased score to 83500, awaiting verification.
3. Safari Hunt - 1,130,600 points, already verified.
4. Shooting Gallery - 16,200 points, already verified.
5. Gangster Town - 90,100 points, already verified. UPDATE: increased score to 114860, awaiting verification.
6. Missile Defense 3-D - do not own game
7. Rescue Mission - 95,100 points, already verified. UPDATE: increased score to 105200, awaiting verification.
8. Rambo III - 34,400 points, awaiting verification.
9. Wanted - do not own game but have purchased, awaiting arrival.
10. Operation: Wolf - 61,250 points, already verified.
11. Assault City - do not own game
12. Laser Ghost - 38,440 points, awaiting verification.
13. Space Gun - 811,560 points, awaiting verification.

Now -- lets break down this awesome roster of games.

MARKSMAN SHOOTING

I got this game as the combo with Trap Shooting. It is quite a bit of fun, given the decent accuracy of the Light Phaser. It's an FBI style range and like Shooting Gallery and Trap Shooting, you clear a screen, it tabulates your new score, then you move on until you fail. I probably played this for 15 minutes and currently hold the only submitted score and therefore world record.

TRAP SHOOTING

Combo cart with the above game. Not nearly as fun though, much more difficult. Feels to me as real trap shooting would be in terms of difficulty. Only was able to make it through a handful of rounds even after repeated attempts before getting DQd again and again.

SAFARI HUNT

Great, great game. Nice to see Sega's shot at 'Duck Hunt'. In my estimation, they succeeded. Great mini-marathon session game, you can take it down in about 90 minutes of repetitive gameplay. Using the SMS handy pause button, anyone can have a go at reaching the end screen but be advised - you'll need a touch of strategy if you want to go the distance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGKVqLCkJF0

I failed after only 10 minutes or so quite a few times until I located the manual online (my cart did not include one) and realized how I needed to approach the game. I fell just short of taking the #2 spot from Nik Meeks - ironically, the TG SMS referee who validated my score.

SHOOTING GALLERY

Difficult game nearly on par with Trap Shooting. Still, after some practice it can be mastered to a greater extent. Nice variety of 'galleries' to plug away at, element of fun is used well.

GANGSTER TOWN

A big aspect of retro gaming for me (and many others, no doubt) is reliving the games of their childhood. This is a bit ironic because I only knew one person that had an SMS (it was not me). Due to Nintendo-mination I assume others were in the same place. The friend I had owned only a couple of games including My Hero...and this! What a great game! Perfect level of difficulty makes finishing the final screen quite difficult but not impossible. That being said, I have never succeeded in completing the game's final level in the harbor. Can't say enough good things about this, makes the cost of owing the console, cart and gun worth it easily.

I am on my second SMS currently...a couple years ago I sold off the first one I owned for need of space for other consoles. I posted this YouTube video to demonstrate in the eBay auction that the light phaser and console worked properly. (Check out the piss-poor TV I had at the time!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rtgoy1F4Ras

Ironically, that light phaser was in sad shape. When I purchased it it was damaged badly in shipping and I had to super glue a good portion of the barrel back together. The specimen I own now sits on a pegboard with the rest of my collection of light guns -- it was NIB when I bought it. I have since disposed of the box after long saving it as a trophy but I do not regret doing so as my dusty video game museum is overloaded as it is! (The box is pictured at the top of this blog post)

MISSILE COMMAND 3-D

I do not own the game and have little plans to do so as I do not currently have the 3-D glasses and suspect I will have to spend a fair amount to get a hold of a pair of relative decent quality. However during the time I was in possession of my first console and Light Phaser, I did have the glasses. They were in BAD shape, though they did work! (I also had this cart as well - though now I honestly do not remember even playing it, though I must have).

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RESCUE MISSION

Half decent game, not sure if it has an end (I guess it must). Has three difficulty levels. When I submitted my score the game was not in the TG database so I submitted on all three difficulty levels. Alas, Mr. Meeks decided that only one shall be listed so the other 2 are gone to the annals of video game oblivion.

RAMBO III

Had a couple false alarms in local video game stores as I came across carts for other SMS Rambo games. At one point I even found a case - with a different cart inside. Just got this in the mail about a week ago, I was swiftly able to defeat the game. The game is unique as while you have only one life, you get three continues and you keep your score, so they function somewhat as lives. I already have a video of the entire game being conquered but as I use one continue it will be deleted and a new performance recorded. (I gambled that Mr. Meeks would accept the one continue as the game [which has no current scores] had no advice whether continues would or would not be allowed, as per standard. He has since resolved that).

WANTED

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Eager to take this one on. Just one a fun counter offer on eBay's 'Make Best Offer' function and picked it up for about $11 in box (I have all my SMS games in box, refuse to collect them in any other condition). I am particularly interested because there actually is a high score on this obscure gem already posted, and furthermore there are two additional variations for Level 2 & 3. I will submit on all three soon upon receipt of this gem.

OPERATION: WOLF

This port of the arcade classic is relatively accurate. Only problem - my cart is faulty and resets on its own accord. I was never able to achieve much of a high score but submitted the best I could come up with after many attempts. I have scrubbed the contacts with alcohol, can't imagine why it does this. I know my console works fine......

ASSAULT CITY

This is the final bastion of my quest. This game has two versions - one for use with the light phaser, one without. I rarely come across the light phaser version and when I do it usually is not cheap. Like the two games below, this one also almost always comes in the form of a PAL version from overseas.

There are at least 2 ways to identify which version you have. In the upper right hand corner of the box on many of the light phaser games there should be a small picture of the light phaser (ignore the fact that it says 'shooting' in the left hand corner - they all say that); however this game does not seem to subscribe to that format. On the back cover of the box near the bottom there is a box that lists what peripherals are used with the game, and Light Phaser should be listed. And it seems on the cartridge itself there is an annotation:

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LASER GHOST

Got this one complete in box for only $4.34 -- then paid double that for shipping, from Australia! I already know PAL games play fine on any SMS so I'm not worried. This is still in transit so I do not have it yet. One thing I am worried about is that I did not purchase a version that specifically states it is for use with the Light Phaser. Perhaps it will still work - or perhaps it will use control pad only. I do not know. The price was right, so I rolled the dice, we'll see....... [UPDATE: the game does indeed work just fine with the light phaser. Thank god!]

SPACE GUN

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Got this one from the UK for only $2.97! What a steal. It is also in my possession, but I have not taken it on yet.




I made the score in Marksman Shooting roll over once. Didn't record it or anything, of course.
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I made the score in Marksman Shooting roll over once. Didn't record it or anything, of course.


no documentation?!?!? then i call BS!

just kidding man - great score. i only barely dabbled in this until i felt like i put up something sort of respectable and then went ahead and submitted. thanks for the comment!
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This is a nice list. Thanks for taking the time to compile it, I had no idea about some of the titles on it.

Also, I'm glad to see someone digs Gangster Town as much as I do. That's one of the best reasons to own a SMS, IMO. Not many light gun games were as intense as it up until the popular Sega shooters of the mid-'90s.. It's certainly a game that would do well for a remake in this day and age. :lol:
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This is a nice list. Thanks for taking the time to compile it, I had no idea about some of the titles on it.

Also, I'm glad to see someone digs Gangster Town as much as I do. That's one of the best reasons to own a SMS, IMO. Not many light gun games were as intense as it up until the popular Sega shooters of the mid-'90s.. It's certainly a game that would do well for a remake in this day and age. :lol:


no doubt! pathetically i still cannot beat it, and relevantly i just tried again last night! i increased my old high score from 90K to 114K. going to try again today, what a challenge!

but like you said, i would recommend to any gamer with a few extra bucks to throw down on a system and that one cart. many of the other games dont have the flow or clarity that GT does, such a great game.
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Your Operation Wolf is not faulty. Mine does the same thing. It's been suggested it's an NTSC/PAL thing, but I'm not convinced.
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Your Operation Wolf is not faulty. Mine does the same thing. It's been suggested it's an NTSC/PAL thing, but I'm not convinced.


interesting....is it confirmed that only a PAL version of this game existed? i thought there were actually both, just seemed i got a better deal on one i knew to be PAL

have you ever made it to the third level?
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As far as I know, it was only released in Europe, Australia, and Brazil.I don't believe I ever made it to the third level. It's been a while since I played it on an actual system. Doesn't it freeze up if you try to continue on the second level? That doesn't happen on an emulator (just tried it). What model system do you have?
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I have a regular SMS I. Usually I freeze up whenever the random 'You've been spotted by the enemy!' (or whatever it says). Sometimes that pops up before the 2nd level, sometimes after. Often when it does, I reset right after that message pops up on the screen. Very occasionally I can make it through that and just barely start level 3 then it resets.
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Started a thread on SMS Power, but no one's biting...
http://www.smspower....pic.php?t=12455
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Started a thread on SMS Power, but no one's biting...
http://www.smspower....pic.php?t=12455


and now 56 views! i am also eagerly awaiting new info. thanks for posting and ill stay tuned!
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So I guess I typed up a "Compatibility Issues Guide" some years ago (see SMS Power thread linked to in my recent SMS Power thread). I forgot all about it. Anyways, according to it, Operation Wolf works with the Power Base Converter.
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So I guess I typed up a "Compatibility Issues Guide" some years ago (see SMS Power thread linked to in my recent SMS Power thread). I forgot all about it. Anyways, according to it, Operation Wolf works with the Power Base Converter.


wow, thanks for following up man! i have a genesis and PBC, lets see if i can break 60,000 and/or make it to level 3!

thanks again!
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well my initial play proves correct, i made it to level 3 and 4 (with continues) without crashing, though in level 2 it was getting very glitchy but it never reset.

interesting i think - i didnt get the 'youve been spotted by the enemy screen' until around level 4, i used to get it EVERY time after level 2
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So I guess I typed up a "Compatibility Issues Guide" some years ago (see SMS Power thread linked to in my recent SMS Power thread). I forgot all about it. Anyways, according to it, Operation Wolf works with the Power Base Converter.


I submitted new tape which should be approved shortly of me increasing my WR from ~60 to ~80K. Look forward to your rebuttal....fire up the camera! (Not enough people own this title, love to see you throw down a score!)
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I submitted new tape which should be approved shortly of me increasing my WR from ~60 to ~80K. Look forward to your rebuttal....fire up the camera! (Not enough people own this title, love to see you throw down a score!)

I'd like to take part, but the only way I'd be able to do it is by sending in VHS tapes, which seems like too much of a hassle.
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I submitted new tape which should be approved shortly of me increasing my WR from ~60 to ~80K. Look forward to your rebuttal....fire up the camera! (Not enough people own this title, love to see you throw down a score!)


I'd like to take part, but the only way I'd be able to do it is by sending in VHS tapes, which seems like too much of a hassle.


you can also use a digital camera to shoot a video of your TV screen and submit it electronically by hosting it somewhere (i can let you use my server even, if you like)
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i too bought operation wolf from france and it glitches at level 3

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