SEGA Brawlers Megamix is an awesome fan made retro side-scrolling beat-em-up that features a roster of about 74 characters from SEGA classics like Sonic, Toejam & Earl, Streets of Rage, Golden Axe, Guardian Heroes, Comix Zone, Shinobi, Vector Man, Ristar, and other multiplatform games like Earthworm Jim, Battletoads and Splatterhouse.
It’s a wonderful love letter to SEGA’s 16-Bit heyday and a remarkably fun 4 player beat-em-up. The amount of work that’s gone into the game is incredible, all the characters have their own move sets and special moves, the soundtrack is fantastic and all the levels and enemies are based on classics, such as Streets of Rage, Golden Axe and Sonic. There’s even a Vs Battle mode, as well as various unlockable gameplay modes and characters unlocked by completing the main adventure.
The game’s still in development, and could do with a little more variety in the main adventure mode and some bigger bosses, but the massive character roster certainly makes up for these minor shortfalls. It’s a fantastic homage to SEGA, 16-bit gaming and classic side-scrolling arcade beat-em-ups. Remarkably, the dev (DJGameFreakTheIguana) is still planning to add even more characters to the game. There really can’t be many more 16-bit SEGA characters out there - Ecco the Dolphinmaybe?
A Beta for the unreleased Dreamcast game, Toejam and Earl 3 has been unearthed and is now available to download! ZahookiTM found the files lurking inside an old Dreamcast Devkit that he bought off ebay and has very nicely released the game, free for us all to play.
The game plays quite similarly to the original toejam & Earl games but in glorious 3D, it controls well, features 3 playable characters and still retains the sense of humour of the originals.
As it was still in development, there are no cutscenes, you just begin at the start of the map and go to the elevator to reach the next level. Levels 1 to 9 are stable, with levels above that becoming more unstable and crashing quite often.
It’s an interesting curio from Sega’s history, and we’d highly recommend grabbing a copy of it before Sega get wind of it and shut ZahookiTM down. You can use an emulator or just burn the image to a disk and play it on your Dreamcast