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Coca-Cola Kid

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Released: 1994

Genre: Platformer

Format reviewed: Game Gear

Publisher: Sega

Developer: Aspect

Submitted by: Matt

Just about every format ever released has games that were only available in certain countries, but I think the humble GameGear suffered particularly badly. I’m not just talking about US sports games and obscure Japanese RPGs, but games like Mega Man, Gunstar Heroes, Jungle Strike, Pac-Man, Bubble Bobble, Chase HQ and countless Marvel comic book tie-ins. This vibrant platformer is another game that didn’t make it to Europe, although it’s not just our loss – it didn’t make it to the US market either.

This is strange for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it’s not as if the license doesn’t hold universal appeal. Secondly, it was developed by Aspect – the guys behind nearly all of Sonic’s 8-bit adventures.

As such, it bares a lot of resemblance to Sonic. Sonic Chaos, to be exact – the music and presentation is almost identical, while some of the sound effects have clearly been recycled. Because of the text being in Japanese I don’t fully understand the plot but the main character – a guy wearing shorts and a yellow baseball cap – has to fight several kung fu masters as the game progresses. As well as being able to kick, the lead character can power slide along the floor, wall jump and perform a charge attack. There are also skateboards dotted around the levels although the game moves so quickly that it’s hard to stay on them for more than a few seconds.

Sega obviously knew that they had a hit on their hands with this one as it was bundled with a limited edition red Sega GameGear,which sells for a pretty penny on eBay. Fortunately though the game itself can be picked up for just a few quid whenever it turns up.