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a game by Mindscape, and Bitmap Brothers
Genres: Action, Platformer
Platforms: Sega GenesisGenesis, SNESSNES, GBA
Editor Rating: 6.1/10, based on 7 reviews
User Rating: 7.0/10 - 2 votes
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See also: 2D Platformer Games, Side Scroller Games

Gods has descended for the SNES, and its arrival is nothing less than divine. This one-player, action/puzzle game was heavenly on the Amiga and the Genesis. Now, it's ready to make an equally miraculous SNES incarnation.

They Got the Whole World in Their Hands

Gods by Mindscape is as unique as any game created for the SNES. In it, you play a Warrior who's been challenged by the Gods. To win immortality, you must battle through each of the game's four Cities, each with three sub-levels, or "worlds". Each city requires an unusual and fascinating blend of monster mashing mayhem and brain-teasing intellect.

To puzzle your way through the levels, experiment with different levers and doors to find the right combination that'll enable you to escape. At the same time, you've got to worry about keeping your meter from dipping too far into the red as you're attacked by an evil cohort of fiendish gargoyles and otherwordly nasties.

It'll take superhuman abilities to defeat the Gods in this tough game. If you can battle your way past a Centurion, a Minotaur, two Dragons, and other assorted demons, then you deserve the right to live forever. The Gods in this game are not merciful. However, along the way you'll meet a storekeeper who wants your shekels bad enough to risk offending the Gods by selling you a few goodies. You can shop for everything from Fireballs and Power-Ups to extra lives and food.

When the Minotaur backs up, it means he's gonna charge. Run towards him and sneak under him while he's airborne.

Diggin' the Divineness

While the music is hot and definitely post- Pompeii, the gorgeous graphics are a definite blast from the past, the waaayyy past, as in ancient Greece. Don't stop to enjoy the scenery and decipher the 'glyphs, though, or you'll definitely be demon dogmeat. The enemies run the gamut of evil from hunchbacked henchman to teeth-gnashing trolls. They fly, walk, and run right into you, so keep your concentration focused straight ahead, even as your prayers go upward.

Oh my Gods

Whether or not you crave immortality, Gods is an otherwordly experience you'll want to check out as soon as it's available. Mindscape displayed more than a little omnipotence in porting over this powerful game. Who wouldn't want to play in this heavenly league?

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Game modes: Single game mode

Player controls:

  • Up, Down, Left, Right - Arrow keys
  • Start - Enter (Pause, Menu select, Skip intro, Inventory)
  • "A" Gamepad button - Ctrl (usually Jump or Change weapon)
  • "B" button - Space (Jump, Fire, Menu select)
  • "C" button - Left Shift (Item select)

Use the F12 key to toggle mouse capture / release when using the mouse as a controller.


System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Pentium II (or equivalent) 266MHz (500MHz recommended), RAM: 64MB (128MB recommended), DirectX v8.0a or later must be installed

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

Your prayers have been answered and the Gods are with us. Mindscape has converted this imaginative and clever personal computer action/adventure game for the Genesis. This inspired twist on the now familiar, side-scrolling, action game genre will knock the lightning bolts right out of your hands.

Gods Help Us

The gods have issued a challenge. Any mortal who can beat their fiercest monsters, reveal their most cunning traps, and escape their labyrinth-like citadel will gain mankind's most coveted prizes: Immortality and a rightful place among the gods of myth and legend.

Gods is a one-player, action/adventure, brain twister with a mythic touch. You play a Greco-Roman warrior, who roams through detailed, hieroglyphic-like backgrounds, that are straight off the walls of a Greek temple. Overall, the artwork is heavenly. The music backs them up with mystical hip- hop, a cross between U-2 and a Dionysian Depeche Mode.

You begin the game unarmed, but as you travel through four Cities (each containing three Worlds), you pick up weapons and power-ups. You need all the weapons you can get to beat huge, fantastic, end-level Guardians, such as the Centurion, the Minotaur, and the Dragon, who have a chip on their shoulders against mortal men. Not to worry, O Brave Warrior, these monsters don't stand a prayer against your .mighty mortal muscle.

ProTip: In the World 1's first City open the switch on the upper right hand side of the first level and destroy the traps. Close the switch before you proceed up the ladder. Find the level on the upper left side of the screen, open it to destroy the traps to your left and then close it. A stone will move below you to reveal a teleport gem shortcut.

Each level is overflowing with trickery and deceit in the form of false floors, hidden passages, and monsters that appear at random to chomp on your heroic butt.

Wanted: Spiritual Guidance

Gods will make you justify your claim to immortality. During your search, you'll find levers that open and close secret passages. The lever action is what sets this game apart from your typical hack 'n' slash game. It can drastically effect your ability to reach certain destinations. It can also hinder or help your hunt for the ends of the Worlds, where you must fight for immortality against the Guardians.

The things that you really need to finish the game don't come cheap. At the end of the second World in each City, the Shopkeeper strolls by to collect your cash and sell you his stash. For a price, you can buy bouncing axes, fireballs, power-ups, and food (to restore your health). You amass your dracmas by finding treasure and by defeating monsters and collecting their gems.

To Err Is Human; to Forgive Is Out of the Question

It's a good thing there's no time limit in this game, since Gods will wrack your brain and chew up your spare time. Some of the puzzles are so hard and require such intense thought that they definitely bump this game up out of the minor leagues.

  • Long folls will drain your health. Look for a nearby ladder to latch onto or fond a shield icon that renders you invincible for 15 seconds.
  • After you beat the Guardian write down the password and use it to restart the game. You'll start over with 80.000 smackers and a chance to buy an extra life, among other things.
  • In the third City's of first World follow this level until you reach the ladder on the right. Climb down the ladder and continue to the right of the level. Kill all the monsters and return to your starting points.

Divine Inspiration

Gods isn't supreme, but it is divine. The movement of the main character is a little quirky, and quirky is not what you need in a tight jam. The bosses are a little easy to master, especially if you have spare men, but the pilgrimage to them is definitely 99% of the fun. You can play this game to eternity and still find hidden rooms and shortcuts. Gods is great! Gods is good!

Most action games ask you to risk your life against ruthless bosses and their marauding underlings, but are you ready to stir up the wrath of the Gods? As the mighty Hercules, you must face the challenge of the Gods themselves, enduring 12 mystical levels of play. You're given incredible fighting skills, strength, and the weapons and magic needed to overcome all obstacles. Immortality is the ultimate prize, but is it worth it?

People say:


This game has great looks but the game play resembles the computer soft that inspired this cart too closely for me. The action moves along at a brisk pace, with added challenges and puzzles thrown in to serve as obstacles. In the end, however, they become obstacles to the action in an otherwise well-made scroller.


As a conversion, the game is quite faithful to the original; as a Super NES cart, the game is even better, and it ranks among the better action titles. The strategy aspect is a definite plus especially with the hidden rooms and intricate puzzles. The pseudo artificial intelligence for the skill level is cool and works quite well.


This may have been a great action title as far as computer games go, but it ends up being a mediocre attempt in the competitive market of 16-Bit carts. The graphics are cool,, but the animation and scrolling seem kind of choppy. The sounds are OK and the game play, while unresponsive at times, has very few cool options.


Graphically, this game has tne detail of the best computer titles, but it plays like an NES cart! I love the intricacies and the variety in the game, like the switch pulling, etc. Unfortunately, the control is extremely awkward, and makes I-294 look smooth. With better interaction, Gods would be an awesome game.

Based on the popular computer title, Gods puts you to the test in this game of action and skill. Use your daggers and stars to win the threat of the deities.

Hercules is aiming to achieve immortality by completing the task the Gods have set him. His task is presented as a platform adventure set in ancient Greece, featuring a variety of enemies as you play it through.

Of more significance, however, is the game's Artificial Intelligence system, in which creatures monitor how you play, and try to find safer positions. Also, the game offers more bonuses and power-ups if you're struggling to progress. Even without those, there are lots of bonus sections to find and unlock.

A challenge was laid down by the Gods. Seek the city lost in legend and the greatest reward of all shall be yours: the ultimate gift of immortality.

Your purpose in Gods is to take the role of Hercules and prepare for an adventure to the ancient city of Mount Olympus. There you must travel through seemingly endless levels and conquer the Four Guardians if you are to receive your immortality!

You must also locate and use mystical potions, weapons, keys, and helpful clues. Sometimes enemies may even help out!

One of the unique features of Gods is the game's ability to adjust the difficulty in direct correlation to how well you perform throughout your adventure.

The gods have thrown down the gauntlet for only the bravest and strongest of warriors - the legendary Hercules! Gods cast you in the role of this mighty mortal who must traverse through long and twisting mazes and defeat the evil monsters lurking within. Slay the enemies to earn points and money needed to buy more powerful weapons. Are you up to this divine challenge? Survive this Herculean ordeal and you shall be granted immortality!

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