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Heavy Nova -- Micronet

Heavy Nova is an action game for play on the Sega Genesis. You are one of the Heavy Dolls, an elite group of warriors competing for the title of deadliest warrior. In order to reach this goal, you must first battle through many different levels, and fight other Heavy Dolls who want the title as much as you! (A Micronet game, distributed by Bignet)

Ferrari Man
Heavy Nova, although at first a seemingly simple action game, is very involved. My first impression was not good, but as I continued to play, the game grew on me. Though not ever quite able to survive sloppy game control, it's an interesting game. The two-player versus mode can be fun; yet again, gameplay adds unneeded frustration. A good concept, but sloppy programming seem to be the fault in this cart. Good sound and slightly above average graphics can't save this one--try again Micronet.

Micronet sure bombed out on this one. The gameplay is so slow that you can't do a thing with your character. The "One-on-One" boss encounters are more like disco dances. The bosses are the same over and over, with little more than a color and helmet change. The game gets very old, very quick. If it were my choice, I'd prefer Veigues Tactical Gladiator from NEC.

Sad... That's the one word that comes to mind after playing this title. Personally I rarely like this style of game, and this game did little to impress me. The gameplay was excruciatingly slow and combat seemed inaccurate. If you feel you have to own this game buy the cart only. It's exactly the same (sans music) as the CD version.

My initial reaction to Heavy Nova after playing the one player mode was rather unsatisfying. However, I soon discovered that the two-player versus mode was actually kind of fun. The graphics are decent and the sound was pretty good as well. The gameplay is rather slow, however. The backgrounds and bosses get somewhat monotonous after awhile as well. I really enjoyed the versus mode, though... particularly, oddly enough, if you use an old Master System controller because then you don't have to mess with the button combinations. Overall, not a bad game.

>>>>> 47.0/100 <<<<< Ferrari Man ???? R.I.P. Salamander
Graphics 4.0 2.0 2.0 3.5
Sound 3.5 3.5 4.0 3.5
Gameplay/Control 2.0 0.5 1.0 2.0
Longevity/Playability 3.0 0.0 0.0 3.5
Overall 3.0 1.0 1.0 4.0
Total 15.5 7.0 8.0 16.5

Originally appeared Vol 1, Iss 1 (04-05/92)