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Looney! - Taz-Mania

On 05/08/2019 at 04:18 PM by Matt Snee

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Yes, there was a 16-bit Tazmanian Devil game, and believe it or not, it's actually pretty good. I don't remember if I asked for it, or if my parents just bought it for me, but I remember playing it quite a bit. Its the typical sidescrolling affair, but with only light platforming compared to a Mario game. Taz can do his trademark spin move to take out enemies, and I think he could also breathe fire sometimes. 

Taz-Mania came out late in the Sega Genesis's life, so the graphics are pretty damn good. They were really pushing the system to the limits and the sort of cartoon-like design really looks nice. 

I forget the plot other than it involves some sort of giant bird and a giant egg. But the game IS fun, especially foir a licensed game in that era. I'm a big fan of Looney Toons, always have been, so I remember this game fondly. 



Super Step Contributing Writer

05/08/2019 at 04:25 PM

Pretty sure the video game cover for this (want to say we rented the SNES version, but I'm not sure) was my introduction to Taz as a character. 

Matt Snee Staff Writer

05/09/2019 at 09:20 AM

I remember when I was a kid, a lot of people wore Taz t-shirts. I always thought they were cool. 

Cary Woodham

05/09/2019 at 07:51 AM

Since I didn't have a Genesis as a kid, I never had this game, but I know I played a little bit of it at a demo kiosk in a store back then.

The SNES had a Taz-Mania game, too, but it was a totally different game.  You ran on a road in pseudo 3-D or something.  I never played it because it was too expensive to buy and I don't remember ever seeing it for rent at the rental places.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

05/09/2019 at 09:20 AM

Hmmm, I've definitely never heard of that game! I'm going to have to look that up!


05/09/2019 at 11:45 AM

I love this game. It was so much fun and I think it was out the same time there was a Taz cartoon. Have you tried the Bugs Bunny and Taz Time Busters on the Playstation? Also another fun Taz game. 

Cary Woodham

05/10/2019 at 08:54 AM

Yeah there was a Taz-Mania Saturday morning cartoon in the early 90's.  It starred Taz and his family and friends, most of which were based on other Austrailian animals.  It wasn't that great, but it did pave the way for better WB cartoons like Animaniacs and Batman: The Animated Series.  I don't know how much the Genesis game was based on the cartoon, but the SNES game had characters from it.


05/13/2019 at 07:52 PM

Taz is a natural video game character. He's fast and has a spin move. 

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