Exo-Squad

a game by Novotrade, and Playmates

Platform: Sega GenesisGenesis

Genre: Action

Exo-Squad

ExoSquad is a futuristic action/adventure based on a kiddie cartoon in which humans have created a race of superworkers called Neosapiens. The Neos are smarter and stronger than people, but when they start thinking they're better than people, it's war! The ExoSquad is an elite human fighting force pitted against the Neos.

Three-Pronged Attacks

In this galactic slave revolt, the morality of the story line isn't the only thing that's murky. Although the game's clearly designed to please the TV show's young fans, the challenge swings precariously from too easy to too hard.

ExoSquad's three modes offer good variety. Behind-the-vehicle shooter levels feature thumb-numbing aerial action with flying battlesuits called E-Frames. Side-view action levels are ground-based E-Frame blast-em-ups. Finally, you get one-on-one fighting levels against E-Framed Neosapien warriors. You can also play a Duel mode independently against a pal or the computer.

Mechwarrior Worries

Once the battles begin, ExoSquad begins to run into mechanical difficulties. In the space-shooter levels, detecting oncoming meteorites and Neo missiles is excruciatingly tough because of the star- studded backgrounds.

The ground attacks, on the other hand, are a slowly moving breeze; your E-Frame lumbers along the landscape to eliminate equally pokey enemies. The one-on- one fighting offers an intriguing mix of air-to-air, surface-to-air, and air-to-surface attacks, but they're frustrating because of molasses-like controls.

At least ExoSquad fans should get a kick out of this game. Three popular 'Squad members (Bronski, Torres, and Lt. Marsh) are on duty even if you can't select them. Consequently, the character visuals are the graphical highlights. Nicely colored, detailed E-Frames show up during gameplay, and story sequences present sharp if somewhat flat doseups.

Squad's sounds won't fire your imagination, but they don't squash your eardrums, either. The effects do their duty, and the tunes rock with the action.

ProTips:

  • During duels, use the overhand blow if your foe flies overhead.
  • At the start of duels, the chicken computer immediately cheaps you with a weapon attack. Jump or duck the instant a duel begins.
  • During duels, your enemy can't blast you if you duck or if you're prone. The prone button (press Down and Button C) responds quickest.
  • Hold down Button B as Bronski moves so his gun's always charged for a devastating power blast.
  • To survive meteor showers, learn to pick out pathways between distant meteors.

Star Quality

ExoSquad fans may dig blasting off with their heroes, but beginning gamers may burn out on the tough challenge and the imprecise controls. Joining this 'Squad requires a strong sense of duty.

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  • Manufacturer: Playmates
  • Machine: Genesis

It almost seemed a shame to write over the Power Rangers' game review with this piece of crap, but what the hell... Lousy sound, bad graphics and really boring gameplay pretty much condemn this one to the rental bins, at least! You don't need this one!

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Playmates
  • Machine: Genesis

It almost seemed a shame to write over the Power Rangers' game review with this piece of crap, but what the hell... Lousy sound, bad graphics and really boring gameplay pretty much condemn this one to the rental bins, at least! You don't need this one!

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Playmates
  • Machine: Genesis

It almost seemed a shame to write over the Power Rangers' game review with this piece of crap, but what the hell... Lousy sound, bad graphics and really boring gameplay pretty much condemn this one to the rental bins, at least! You don't need this one!

reggie posted a review

Exosquad is a video game released for Sega Mega Drive/Genesis and based on the animated TV series with the same name. The game was developed by Appaloosa Interactive, formerly known as Novotrade International.

The game is a compilation of three other games combining different elements from the TV show: it’s a shooter, a platformer and a fighting game. The graphics of this game are great, though the developers didn’t look like trying too much. Once you start playing Exosquad, you won’t turn it off that easily. The colors are vivid and the interface is original. However, the menu is not very easy to use and makes different simple actions too difficult to use. Switching form the single game to the fighting one is kind of hidden for such a basic option.

The sound of the game is good as well and includes memorable background music. The sound effects are great too and they add to the value of this release from 1995. The game starts off with a shooter which is not very interactive, considering that regardless of each button you tap on, the movements look mostly the same.

The second part of the game is the platformer, which has its flaws as well. The jump button is placed a bit weird and you might press something wrong and jump instead of shoot up, or shoot up when need to jump. With this game it will happen, believe me; it takes a lot of time to get used to the placement of the buttons.

Though the first two parts are not impressive, the third one – the fighting – is actually really good and saves this game. The control are this time set properly and you won’t need a lot of time to get used to them, as they are perfectly tweaked. The big life bar along an overall game will allow you to enjoy this release, though the general experience of it is not very impressive. If the whole game would have been set up like the fighter part is, then it would have been something special.

The game was not a hit back when released, but it was considered decent by the press at that time. Reviewers on Sega-16 rated the game with a total average of 7 out of 10, while the players rated the game a bit higher, with 7.7 out of 10. Users and critics on GameSpot were a bit harsher. While the experts rated the game with 4.4 out of 10, players decided to give this game an overall rating of 6.2, but still, when seeing the ratings, it’s easy to understand not many will miss this game.

reggie posted a review

Way into the future, mechanised fighting is the standard bearer, but only if you're skilled enough do you get to operate one.

Exo-Squad helps keep the peace on planets and you've joined up to serve them and help keep the peace. There are five levels of flying action keeping to play through. You can even get a friend to help you as you both control the same warrior to take on the enemies.

Exo-Squad is viewed from a third person perspective and your character will continuously fly forward. The d-pad will move your character on the screen in the direction you press and you can fire your guns and they'll aim at wherever the cursor is.

Exo-Squad is a graphically impressive arcade game based on the syndicated animated TV series of the same name about a war between humanity and its genetically derived offshoot, the Neo-Sapiens.

Exo-Squad features:

  • Three playable characters to choose from
  • Several levels of action
  • Different environments
  • Action for one or two players, both working together and as opponents
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