(Wii Virtual Console / Mega Drive)

Comix Zone (Wii Virtual Console / Mega Drive)

Game Profile

Sketch Turner is an artist in New York City. One day while Sketch is drawing, there is a huge thunderstorm and a bolt of lightning hits Sketch's image, bringing it to life. That image is Mortus, a megalomaniac mutant who wants to become real and rule the earth.

Mortus magically transports Sketch into the pages of his comic book so that he can end his creator's life and become real. Inside the comic book, Sketch meets General Alissa Cyan, who believes he is a superhero that came to save their post-apocalyptic world from the evil brought by Mortus' hand.

Now that he's a comic book superhero, Sketch can fight like a one-man mercenary platoon!

Game Review

Review

USA USA Version

Posted by Damien McFerran

Sketch Turner is an artist in New York City. One day while Sketch is drawing, there is a huge thunderstorm and a bolt of lightning hits Sketch's image, bringing it to life.

Released fairly late in the life of the Megadrive/Genesis, Comix Zone didn't exactly set the world alight in terms of sales but is now rightly regarded as one of the better games for Sega's wonder machine. The game features a unique 'comic book' style...

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User Comments (26)

__The Pirates of Men's Pants

#1

The Pirates of Men's Pants said:

Wow, I can't believe I never noticed this game back when it was released. I had pretty much ditched my Megadrive then anyway. I downloaded this last night and have to admit it's a brilliant game, your review is spot on!

__German

#2

German said:

One of the best on the Genesis. This has so much originality it's crazy they never came out with a sequel or a more up to date version. To anyone even remotely thinking about it, do it. It's worth every point.

Masuyo

#3

Masuyo said:

This is a really amazing game... but it's hard to get over the whole 1-life thing. I don't want to have to cheat to see the rest of the amazing details put into this :D. oh, and it's obviously worth the points

__PDarkLink

#4

PDarkLink said:

This game has a lot of style, and it's damn hard. It's not fair to say it only requires one button, because it's easy to get your ass whooped. One of my favorite parts of this game are all the secrets laid throughout the levels.

I won't be downloading the game seeing as I own it for Genesis and I played it to death, not to mention I'd prefer my 6-button Genesis controller to the classic controller. I'd recommend it for a game to get though, it's a great one.

TheNintendoBoy

#5

TheNintendoBoy said:

I think the game is a bit too short and not user friendly enough to get the full score. Once you know the moves though, it's alot of fun.

__Felix

#6

Felix said:

I played this game for the first time on "Sonic Mega Collection Plus", and I must tell you... This game sure is something. I didn't even beat the second stage!! ^^; So hard... So great though.

__Tennant

#7

Tennant said:

I absolutely love this. This game oozes style. A great beat 'em up, and def recomended!

__Sektor

#8

Sektor said:

Yes this is amazing, i have completed it but it is soooooooo very hard, expect a big challenge!!!

__Graydon

#9

Graydon said:

I remember when the genesis was the new system for home consoles and playing this awesome game at my friends house. It is an awesome game with jaw dropping gameplay, and the graphics fit in good with the gameplay. The only downside is that you don't have lives which makes it challenging, but makes you want to play more. This is a must buy for any wii owner.

__GFrag

#10

GFrag said:

The 1-life thing isn't entirely true; you get a second and third life after finishing the first and second chapter, respectively.
OK, it's not exactly bountiful, but you take what you get.

__beefy

#11

beefy said:

my friend had this game on some sega sonic pack thing on ps2. it looked fun enough, but he kept dying. hardish game.

__Y0u

#12

Y0u said:

Whatever you think of this games, get Sega Genesis (Mega Drive since most of the people here seem to be from Europe) Collection for PS2 or PSP instead. I don't know about in Europe, but in the US you can get a used PS2 and SGC for less than all the SG games on VC- and then you can also play other PS2 games.

Elk810

#13

Elk810 said:

I had the original Comix Zone cartridge for my Sega Nomad (Portable Genesis for all who don't know). It is definately worth your Wii points. Great action, great strategies, great graphics and sound (For Genesis standards), and you can even pick special attacks before you start the game. It's kinda hard, but that doesn't mean it sucks. Trust me on this. I had so much fun with this back in the day and you can too.

Back in the day though, this game performed better on a six-button Genesis controller. (The Nomad had six-buttons, so I know.) That allowed you to use special items without having to stop and toggle them when enemies could be pounding the heck out of you. I don't know if a Gamecube controller or Classic controller works like a six-button controller, but if it does then use that instead of a lone Wiimote.

__SEO Software

#14

SEO Software said:

This game is amazing. It came with a game pack that I had received with my system. fun and challenging!

President_Leever

#15

President_Leever said:

Quite an interesting take on the beat em up genre, but still.. it's cheesy, repetitive and too short. I probably would've liked it better had it included a 2-player mode.

taj

#16

taj said:

If a word bubble pops up out of your mouth it stays in is place. When you walk afterwards the word bubble does not follow you where ever you were walking. What a bad glitch!

Roo

#17

Roo said:

Overlooked in the day, if you buy this it'll no go underplayed.

Beau_Skunk

#20

Beau_Skunk said:

A decent Sega game with great comic book-like graphics, and amusing written dialogue. The fighting system is nicelly done, and has a bit of a simple Smash Bros.-like quality to it.
It's fun, but it's very difficult to progress very far in the game due to the annoying "one life" ellement, (and healing items arn't common enough) and it's often hard to remember what button activates wich pick-up-able item. (Wich includes Sketch Turner's pet rat Roadkill, whom does come in handy for deactivating switches.) So those frustrating ellements are quite unforgiveable for me.
Still, I can't deny the game offers some nice arcade-like fun, and nice concepts. To bad Sega never made a sequal.

puresthatred

#21

puresthatred said:

Only tried this game recently after Retro Gamer mentioning it so much. It is incredible. Quite hard but the music is brilliant no matter what others say, great use of the Sega's FM chip, music plus sampled audio, large, well animated sprites and decent beat em up action. Didnt sell well on release as was a hard game to market, once you see it running and hear some of the music you'll love it too...but it is hard.

davegorack

#22

davegorack said:

it was a great game back in 95 and its still great 13 years later.
only probelm it that its to hard. you only get 1 life.
luckely its relly short.

Outrunner

#23

Outrunner said:

I don't like it. Downloaded it and played for about 10 minutes.
For beat-em-up action I'd recommend Streets of Rage 2 instead.

Mega_Wolf

#24

Mega_Wolf said:

Just downloaded this game based on the reviews and curiosity. Extraordinarily unique game presentation, decently compelling storyline and fun gameplay... at first. However, due to the ridiculous difficulty (can't get passed the 3rd stage yet) and monotonous level structure (not much changes throughout the game) I would only recommend this game to those willing to accept never getting any closure on your frustration. There are definetly better games to buy for $8.

Big_A2

#26

Big_A2 said:

Playing this on PS3 Mega Drive collection. This game took me by surprise at how good it was. An underrated classic. It's hard, but that's what makes a retro game a retro game!

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