Gaming Anniversaries August 25- Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker

Released August 25, 1990- Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker

Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker danced into the Japanese market today in 1990. For the Sega Genesis.

In this iconic classic of the 90’s, based on the Michael Jackson movie of the same name, Michael must save a group of children from the evil Mr.X. Mr.X. has horrible plans for these kids, like drugging them and making them slaves. To that end, Michael Jackson must use his dancing skills along with some heroics to save the kids and put an end to his evil plans.

Michael will use dancing, jumping and throwing magical stars to stop enemies along the way. The controls are fairly simple to master making for an actually fun game. Not like one would expect from a weird 90’s licensed game at all.  In fact, some players liken it to the gameplay found in the Shinobi series.

Fan’s of Jackson’s pop music will really enjoy the game, as some of its levels actually take place in scenes from some of his music videos. Such as “Thriller” and even include synthesized 16-bit versions of his music. Making for a nice poppy experience while playing through.

Whether you enjoy Jackson’s music or not, Micheal Jackson’s Moonwalker actually holds up while playing. The gameplay is fun and precise and actually kind of addictive. However, the game did get mixed reviews across the board. From the Genesis version to the ZX Spectrum version of the game. Even Arcade versions. That didn’t stop it from becoming a fairly huge success in 1990. I say give it a try, to see what it’s all about!


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Living in St.John's Newfoundland, Dave has been a gamer all of his life. Starting with the NES and working both backwards and forwards, he intends to play the new along with the old!