“The King of Pop stars in his own action game full of that Michael Jackson style we've enjoyed.”

Michael Jackson's Moonwalker

by SEGA Entertainment, Inc.

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Michael Jackson's Moonwalker is pretty much based on the Michael Jackson movie. Mr. Big has kidnapped the children and has nasty things in store for them, like drugging them and making them slaves. It's up to Michael to use his powers and save his little friends.

Michael Jackson can jump, throw magical stars and dance to counter his opponents as he looks for the hidden children. Stages come in shape of some of Michael Jackson's videos like streets and graveyards. There are also caves and a final showdown in space as a robot.

While your goal is to rescue each level's hidden children before time runs out, you'll have to face a variety of enemies trying to thwart your progress, from mobsters in Club 30, Dobermans on the Street, zombies and ghouls in the Woods, and spiders in the Caverns, to the heavily armed troops in the aptly named Enemy Hideout.

Everything in Michael Jackson's Moonwalker game looks great and colorful. Michael looks good in that white suit, the enemies, though they are the same; they still look good as well. The level design is great. There are different locations in most of the game's stages which are designed nicely. Everything from billiards to parking lots to graveyards, they're all good. All the characters look great, from Michael to Mr. Big's hair itself.

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Mr. Big didn't get his name from planning small-time operations; he wants to take over the world. In order to carry out this plan, his thugs were ordered to kidnap every child on the planet! Why? To use them as slaves, of course! Only one person is brave enough to challenge him: Michael Jackson, a.k.a. Moonwalker. Play as the famous pop singer through 15 levels of musical action set across five stages.

Michael Jackson is known for his slick moves, so you'll be able to spin, Moonwalk, hat toss (similar to a boomerang), punch, jump, and perform the “ultimate” technique to dispose of your enemies: the Dance Attack. Once used, this attack will cause everyone on the screen to stop what they're doing and start moving to the beat!

Each method of attack will drain Michael's magic meter, however, so you'll have to keep it at full strength by rescuing children. As you might expect, the game features several of the singer's chart-topping songs, including “Smooth Criminal,” “Beat It,” “Billie Jean,” “Another Part of Me,” and “Bad.” Watch for a cameo by Bubbles the chimp!

There is non-stop fun in this game. Here are your basic mission objectives: Rid the stage of its enemies and rescue the missing girls (who are scattered throughout the stage, and a special meter tells you how many are left to rescue). Once all that is done, you are led to the main battles (with an appearance by Bubbles). Enemies, located anywhere from top to bottom, perform all kinds of attacks, such as the basic kicking and punching, to attacking you with pool sticks, and firing at you with their machine guns. There are five stages in the game, each with three “acts” a la Sonic the Hedgehog. The main battles are fun, too, depending how you play them. All the bad guys come after Michael at once, and since he can't take them all, he can do the next best thing: dance. That's right. Dancing will help you get rid of your enemies. Once Michael's moving his feet, so are his enemies. They dance until they're all tired. Dancing also works in the duration of the stage, not just at the end of it. One of the coolest features of the game is the ability to turn into the huge robot with the help of the magic star that's found in every level.

Michael Jackson's Moonwalker system requirements:SystemP-200.

Systems: Win9x Windows 9x, Windows 2000 WinXPWindows XP.

Game modes: Michael Jackson's Moonwalker supports single modeSingle game mode .

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