Every once in a while a game comes along that's so bad, it actually hurts to play it. The Ooze from Sega is such a game.
An Oozing Proposition
You're Dr. Caine, a scientist who discovers that the corporation he works for is plotting to unleash a modern-day plague. Before you can stop the terror, thugs burst into your office, inject you with stuff that turns you into a puddle of green slime, and flush you down the toilet. The game begins when you're ejected from a sewer pipe into a toxic dump, where you begin your tasks of saving the planet and picking up pieces of DNA to make yourself human again.
ProTip: Protect your head by moving quickly to avoid enemies. One hit to the head is fatal.
Back in the Sewer
Tedious gameplay and poor control flushes The Ooze down the drain. To kill enemies, you must either punch them with your ooze arm or spit at them. All too often, you aim in one direction yet end up spitting somewhere else.
The graphics aren't bad, but they're nothing you haven't seen before. Nauseous green coloring tints every frame, and the sprites could've been done better.
- Kill the enemies that come your way. Extra Ooze is your reward.
- Punch as many enemies you can: Spitting decreases the Ooze's size and power.
The sounds are the best part of the game. The music is menacing and the sound effects are humorous, but the poor overall gameplay overshadows these assets.
Oozing with mediocrity, this game never delivers anything worthwhile or worth buying. The Ooze should crawl back into the sewer.
Download The Ooze
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
- Game modes: Single game mode
- 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.
- Sega for Genesis
Have you ever had that dream where you're a really, REALLY big piece of snot, and all you do is kinda squirt all over the place? You haven't? I thought we all had that dream. Oh, well... This game will let you relive the dream, but it gets old fast, just like snot.
- Machine: Genesis
- Genre: action
- Players: 1
- Publisher: Sega
- Developer: Sega Technical Institute
Finally, a game about a single-celled, amoeba-like creature has made its way home! Hey, let's give the guys at Sega Technical Institute some credit! Between this game and Comix Zone, they're putting out some very different games.
In The Ooze, you are the ooze and as the ooze you must use your ooze capabilities to ooze around the playing field and try not to lose. Your attacks include spitting and extending your pseudopods out at enemies. This odd premise actually allows for some very different gameplay. Unfortunately, in the case of The Ooze, different doesn't mean better. After the originality wears off, the game becomes quite blah. The spitting and toilet flushing sound FX are great and the music is good until you realize it's the same song over and over again.
The Ooze may not be the best game around, but at least it's something different and that should be applauded.
- Manufacturer: Sega
- Machine: Genesis
So you say you're into puzzle solving, but it's always been your fantasy to squeeze into tight spaces and then spread out as big as a house? Well, we may just have the game for you then. The Ooze is an exploration maze-like game where your success depends on your ability to solve challenging puzzles and conquer intricate mazes. Oh yeah, and the best part is that you get to play as the Ooze. That's right, as Dr. Caine, a one-time non-oozing eyesore, you are free to spread your slimy mass here, there, and everywhere. Whatever gets the job clone, right?
In what looks to be an interesting mix of strategy and action-style gameplay, The Ooze might just work out to be something of interest to fans of both genres. If anything, it's better than smearing your chess board with a slimy, toxic substance.
In this industry, it's all too easy for game companies to take the g Jv easy way out by purchasing big-name licenses. It's easy money to develop a garbage game and then dump it into a box with an identifiable movie or cartoon show logo stamped on the front. So UBIF it's always a pleasant surprise to come across a game with not only a decent amount of originality, but an entire truckload of creative flair.
The Ooze is a prime example. It's not a platform game. It's not a fighting game. It's not a shooter. The Ooze is something special. In the day of 32-bit this and 64-bit that, most of my attention has been turning away from the tried-and-true 16-bitters, but The Ooze had me crazyglued to the Genesis control pad.
Here's the scoop: A big corporation called well, called The Corporation developed a horrible virus capable of killing off the world's entire population, a la Outbreak. Their evil plan was to blackmail governments by offering the antidote for a price, (namely, cash-money) Once one of the scientists found out about the plot, he was injected with syringe of chemicals which turned him into a puddle of gloppy green slime. AARRGHH!
As The Ooze (a/k/a Dr. Caine), you must battle your way through 18 screens in order to stop the wackos and recover your DNA code. As you move your gooey, green body along the ground, you can punch and spit at enemies. Punching is exceptionally cool in this game; even enemies located around corners can be smashed, because your fist travels in a moving, guidable puddle and the longer you hold down the punch button, the longer your range. Spitting ooze-wads cause more damage than punching, but with each spit, you lose a portion of your puddle size. If you find yourself getting smaller, you can look for ooze droppings, which add volume to your character.
There are simply too many cool things about Ooze to list in this review, but I've come up with a Top Ten list, so here goes:
The overall feel is excellent, with smooth stick-and-move control.
The levels are really cool; most are laid out with over- and underpasses which offer multiple routes.
The toilet sound.
Activating switches cause doors to open or shut and machines to turn off, giving the player a sense of accomplishment.
The music kicks monumental booty.
Just being The Ooze makes me act nutty!
You can travel through broken pipes to warp to another area.
There are rip-roaringly funny (although not very PC) between-level laboratory bonus rounds where you get this maul little, helpless bunny rabbits'.
You can ooze yourself out of a toilet.
(Accompanied by drum roll) When you lose, you get made into a lava lamp!