Mat Mania


Review by Doug Jackson



Graphics: 8.5

Sound: 8

Gameplay: 6

Overall: 6.5


While the 7800 never got a killer wrestling game, neither did the NES or Master System so I guess I can give it some of a break. The other consoles may have had more options but not always great gameplay to follow. Mat Mania gives us solid graphics, easily outclassing the NES in every way. It has the gameplay but few options to make it a game you can keep coming back to.

matmania17800.gif (5198 bytes)When you start up the game you are treated to a one or two player game and three skill levels, nothing more. Start the game and you are treated to some great graphics that really show what the 7800 is capable of. All of the wrestlers are well detailed.

The gameplay is a mixed bag. It is incredibly simple to perform moves (never tedious) but there is clearly a lack of them, bringing the game down a few notches. All you have is a kick and punch. Depending where you are in regards to your opponent will determine what special moves will be pulled off. The engine makes it very simple to perform and KO an opponent. Unfortunately there is no way to run and no rope climbing which makes it feel like it's not a true wrestling match.

Sound delivers. There is somewhat of a humdrum sound to the crowd but all of the rest of the punches and kicks and grunts sound full and solid.

This game may sound worse than it is. It's by no means a bad game at all. It is a great game to play with someone here and there for a few minutes at a time. It's just too simple to stay at it for too long. It just lacks the depth of other wrestlers.

I would rather play this one than most on the NES and SMS but with more options and added elements to the gameplay it could have been leaps and bounds over the competition. It's obvious that the programmers cut corners to save time on this one. There is one good thing about this game: it's a great way to show non believers how bright and smooth the Atari 7800 was graphically as opposed to how flat the games of the day looked on the NES.


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