Bimini Run

a game by Nuvision Entertainment

Platform: Sega GenesisGenesis

Genre: Racing

Bimini Run

Get ready to hit the high seas as you find yourself in a mythical time warp in Bimini Run.

The evil Dr. Orca has kidnapped your sister and plans to take over the world. As Kenji Ohara, you vow to stop Dr. Orca no matter what the cost. Hop into your red speedboat (along with close friend Luka) and set out on the high seas to locate Dr. Orca's island hideout.

Bimini Run is played from behind the boat as you race to catch the henchmen responsible for the kidnapping. You'll have to weave your way through sailboats, rocks, islands, reefs and sand bars while relentlessly pursuing the enemy through six chapters.

An overhead map is available to help you negotiate the treacherous waters as you keep an eye on the enemy's distance. If he gets too far, you'll have to start over. Besides avoiding obstacles, you'll need to watch out for helicopter gunfire and even the attacks from deadly sea creatures. Fuel is also limited, so you need to catch the enemy as fast as possible in order to complete the chapter.

Weapons include a bazooka and both a low- and high-fire gas gun to stun the enemy ship. Players can choose either a moderate or difficult setting, adjust the number of boats they have in reserve (three, five or seven), or alternate turns with a friend. Can you rescue Kim Ohara before it's too late?

The fate of the entire world is in your hands, so strap on your lifejacket and get ready for a wet and wild fight in Bimini Run.

Bimini Run features:

  • Pilot your own powerboat
  • Battle helicopters, boats, and land-based enemies
  • See if you can survive the Bimini Zone
  • Save your sister and the entire world
  • One or two players

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Sega Genesis Bimini Run download
  • Manufacturer: NUVISION
  • Machine: Sega Genesis

Events quickly turn sour on your pleasant vacation in the Bimini Islands. Your sister, Kim, gets kidnapped. The men responsible force her aboard their power-boat and speed out of the marina. Of course, there's only one thing to do: take off after them with a speedboat of your own. Luckily, you happen to borrow one from the dock that's armed with cannons, anti-aircraft guns and a bazooka - your typical video-world leisure craft. Your best buddy, Luka, tags along with you for good measure.

As you race for the kidnappers' boat, a voice crackles over the radio "Kenji that's your name, come in!". The informant suggests that to make your job of catching the kidnappers' boat easier, you should fire upon it with your bazooka. Gee, thanks! Oh, and be sure not to ram into the private yachts crowding the waters, or you'll crash and lose a boat. The kidnappers, however, get to mercilessly ram through all the expensive boats at will. Such is the justice of life in a video game.

Upon catching the kidnappers, you discover that Kim is not aboard! It turns out that the boat you followed was a decoy. Your sister was actually taken by the sinister Dr. Orca. He plans to test his new B.A.M. translator (that's short for behavior-altering module) on her.

You and Luka are soon off to another part of the Bimini waters, where you must blow away island radio towers (as instructed by the voice on the radio). Destroying them will narrow your search down as to which island Orca and Kim are on. As you do this, Orca's fleet of heavily armed gunboats and squadron of combat helicopters attack. Blow them up with your abundant artillery, or they'll easily do the same to you first.

Later in the game, you have to tail Orca's yacht to yet another one of his hideouts. Guard towers situated on islands and lots of other things must be blown up before you can save your sister. Yet it's not over once you've recovered Kim. After all, you might as well go for Orca's B.A.M. translator while you're at it, which you eagerly do.

Only by following the mermaid Marlyna, avoiding clouds of toxic fumes and annihilating sharks, sea dragons and other monsters will you arrive at the hidden island where the B.A.M. translator is. A couple of well-placed shots with your bazooka and...Ka-Blooey Orca's greatest threat turns into a pile of scrap metal. Hey, feeling as invulnerable as you are by now, why not go for Orca's incredibly ugly looking headquarters as well? Sure! Vacations have never been such a blast - literally.

Minor navigational abilities are needed to race from one island to another - a welcome challenge that provides some flexibility in game play. You can navigate by looking at maps and reading a directional compass. Natural obstacles to avoid, indicated on the maps, include rocks, sand reefs and fog. There's a switch to turn off the music playing on the radio. Do it. It's tuned to a station that plays nothing but a repetitious beat.

Two people can play at once - one controlling the powerboat, the other aiming and firing the guns. Few video games implement cooperative play. It's nice to see one that not only does so but is able to with success.

Considering overall playability, this is one of the few uniquely original Genesis games around. What faults there are, though, are glaring. Graphics and animation are below the higher standards you would expect. Also disappointing is the staid ending that's shown upon your final victory over Dr. Orca. Nothing is more aggravating than seeing only a single screen and reading text hinting at the possibility of a sequel.

After battling against gunboats, choppers, sea monsters and such, you'd think the reward would be greater. Alas, it is not. Otherwise, this gaming experience is a true gem. It's unfortunate that there's nothing as impressive as the on-screen explosions to top it all off.

reggie posted a review

A unique, action-packed, high-seas adventure!

Experience the awesome power of your high speed performance boat! Pilot her across uncharted waters as Kenji Ohara pursues the evil "Dr.Orca," in search of his island hideaway. Save your kidnapped sister and destroy his diabolical plan to take over the world!

The challenges are formidable!

Evade and destroy his fleet of killer boats and choppers. Beware of the dreaded Bimini Triangle where strange sea creatures and wild sea conditions threaten your survival.

New generation games from Nuvision Entertainment!

A breakthrough in realistic game experience presents new and exciting challenges and adventures for hundreds of hours of involving game play. A truly unique game for the Sega Genesis System.

reggie posted a review
  • Levels: 5
  • Theme: Shooter
  • Players: 1
  • Difficulty: Average

Oh No! A wicked mad scientist has ultimate plans for total domination of the Earth. His base is situated on the island of Bimini. Your mission-to pilot your speedboat to the island to stop him.

reggie posted a review

Dr. Orca has kidnapped Kenji's sister, Kim, and taken her to his remote tropical island in the dreaded Bimini Zone. Shrouded in fog and overrun with sea mined not to become a statistic and to save your dear sister's life, you take the helm of your high speed powerboat, the Banchee, and race off into the surf. As your friend, Luka, mans the guns, you maneuver the Banchee through five high action Chapters, blasting at and avoiding a slew of oncoming enemies, such as boats, helicopters, Killer Sharks, not to mention hostile fire from neighboring islands! Don't expect a pleasure cruise when you're up against the waters of the Bimini Zone!

reggie posted a review
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