Elemental Master (Sega Genesis) Review by Mike

Mike Matei / March 6th, 2014


  • Decoy

    March 6, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    First! Keep on going Mike, great work πŸ™‚

  • March 6, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    When you were showing how to change the difficulty modes, I saw “practice”. Isn’t that the easiest mode, below normal?

    • March 6, 2014 at 1:01 pm

      If it’s anything like other shooters, Practice means you can play the level as normal, but you have unlimited health. The catch is that you won’t earn any progress by beating the level. So with this game that would mean you would never be able to get to the last boss.

      • Pablo1989

        March 13, 2014 at 3:55 pm

        Reminds me flash game called Light Heroes, but there top down view not side view like Gradius or Zero Wing.

    • March 6, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      The practice mode only lasts for one stage. Where they give you all the ultimate elements. After that, the game does continue, but they take the weapons away. So you still have to beat the game like normal.

      • March 8, 2014 at 4:22 am

        That Menu screen reminds me of Thunder Force II, where you have to put the game on Hard mode in order to actually complete it (which I did and was very proud of).

      • Valis77

        March 8, 2014 at 10:55 am

        firebrandx it’s the same team who made thunderforce

      • March 8, 2014 at 6:35 pm

        Yeah I know that, which I’m wondering if the same requirement of hard in order to complete the game is in this as it was in TFII.

  • March 6, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Now there is a game I should find! Actually looks like a good scrolling shooter! I also want to add, I saw Haunting on the end there. Totally suggest that game next time Mike!

  • GorgeousBones

    March 6, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    I’m glad that you’re uploading more content…For a while it was just James and Mike mondays! Not that I don’t like them, but if possible it would be cool to see new stuff more often.

  • . .

    March 6, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Thanks for reviewing Elemental Master, Mike!
    It’s a forgotten gem in the Genesis / Megadrive’s crown.

    Have you ever played the game ‘ Undead Line ‘ for the Sega Megadrive?
    It’s similar to EM, but not as good and also has a higher difficulty IMO.

  • Zayith

    March 6, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    This seems more like a walkthrough then a review. I think the title needs to be changed into walkthrough or “My thoughts” or something along the lines of that.

    • March 6, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      What requirements that I didn’t include constitute a review for you?

      • Zayith

        March 6, 2014 at 3:29 pm

        This being said, I do enjoy both you and James’ work. It’s just how I see majority of the reviews from you. Do keep up the work mate, big fans of you two. I’m still hoping to see Herzog Zwei being mentioned by one of you two or better yet, Mondays.

    • Zayith

      March 6, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      I still like the videos though. I just think the title is very misleading.

      • March 6, 2014 at 3:07 pm


      • Zayith

        March 6, 2014 at 3:12 pm

        Well, majority of the video was just explaining how the game works and how to play it which is fine; I’m sure everybody would enjoy that but that’s all it seemed like to me.

        There wasn’t really anything explaining about the qualities of the game (how it aged, graphics, design, artwork, etc.). A review should be able to give me a direction to point me at saying how much better this game is compared to other games of it’s genre/console. While the video was nice, I have no sense of direction and nothing leading me to buy/play this game over others since I neither know if it’s a good title, unique title or just flat out average.

        From what I lead from this review, the only real thing that was said is use Turbo, there is a cheat code and you can shoot both directions.

  • Gimpy Prime

    March 6, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Great Video mike! keep up the great work πŸ™‚

  • March 6, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    You’re looking for me to explain the Qualities of the game? I believe I did that. I explained pretty in depth how the control scheme was unique. The control is what sets this game apart from others, which is why I focused on that so much. I also said the music was great, which is another quality. I’m not sure how you missed what I said about the Design & Artwork. But I’ll repeat what I said..
    “The levels in this game are all varied and full of life. Each one designed around a particular world element. Like the Earth stage that blocks out your vision as you pass beneath trees. Or the fire stage has Laden traveling along cracked rocked overflowing with lava, while avoiding avalanches. Everything feels alive with attention to detail.”
    Also, you want to know why to buy this game over others? As I said in the video
    “For a vertical scrolling shooter, it’s pretty original.” Originality is a good thing. Meaning, it’s worth buying.
    I did not talk about how it aged however, I’ll give you that. πŸ˜‰ But there’s a reason why I don’t mention aging. And that’s because the same thing goes for any game of the era. It’s hard to compare games from the late 80’s / early 90’s to anything coming out today. If I talked about how these retro games have aged in every video, I’d be saying the exact same thing every time. So I figure just to omit discussing that aspect.

    • Zayith

      March 6, 2014 at 3:33 pm

      Fair enough, it’s great that you can defend yourself. I’ve been a pretty big fan of you and James’ over the past 4 years and I would still hope to see you two around for 2020. I’m still hoping to see one of you two touch of on Herzog Zwei after emailing for the past 4 years. ;o

      • March 6, 2014 at 4:39 pm

        Zayith, quit talking out of your ass.
        Great review Mike.

    • March 6, 2014 at 7:18 pm

      I thought it was a good review. The line between review and walkthrough tend to blur sometimes, which becomes unavoidable. If this were truly a walkthrough, you would have explained how to beat the game from beginning to end step by step. Generally, walkthroughs don’t delve into the realm of personal opinion, so I’d say you’re definitely safe lol. Even if you did a walkthrough, who would really complain. Don’t mean to step on your toes Zayith, but I stand by Mike. If Cinemassacre were charging a fee to watch these videos, then I’d say I guess there would be wiggle room for the critique if it were deemed a walkthrough and not a review. Keep up the good work.

      • March 6, 2014 at 7:24 pm

        I’m also loving the multiple video releases per week. Cinemassacre is one of my home pages (oh do I remember the days of singular home pages). You and James really freaking nailed the whole concept. You two are constantly charging spirit bombs and it’s glorious to see the release (don’t take that sexually). Whenever a new video is posted, a burst of excitement runs through my veins (guess you’d call it adrenaline). That is an important quality/skill/spell to possess. I’m totally kissing ass if anyone wants to call me out on it. What I would give to work with you guys.

      • Zayith

        March 6, 2014 at 10:28 pm

        I already agreed and stood by Mike. It’s pretty silly folks are insulting me over an old opinion which was changed by Mike and in which may I add, I said I still liked the video.

        There is always room for criticism, even for the masters and it would be wrong to say what I said was the most awful thing in the world as some folks are treating it. I think even James would agree to this. To say that nobody is allowed to critic because of the video is free (for the most part) is silly in itself.

    • ActCinema

      March 7, 2014 at 2:37 am

      It’s really great that you take the time to respond to comments, not many videomakers on youtube or similar sites do that these days. Just be careful not to get burnt out on people who just want to argue or make nonsense complaints.

    • lach666

      March 7, 2014 at 9:38 am

      Hey Mike, I registerd just to tell you that the whole conversation reminded me of a part of Louis CK’s standup ‘Hilarious’
      just a little reflection of mine… sometimes ppl on the internet = kids saying ‘I don’t know which piece to eat’ πŸ˜‰ have a good one, greets from Poland.

  • Zombies Ate my Neighbor

    March 6, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    I need to look into this game it looks awesome… And you need to look into Zombies ate my Neighbors!

    • March 7, 2014 at 6:18 am

      Yes, yes – Zombies ate my neighbours would be a fun review / James & Mike Monday.

  • March 6, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    That a boy Mike! This is one of my favorite Shmups πŸ™‚ I love this game so damn much!! It’s so satisfying to beat as well πŸ™‚ I hope you keep reviewing shmups!! πŸ™‚

  • fRiEnD

    March 6, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    The guy on the cover looks like Eric Freeman… GARBAGE DAY!

  • Slayer40k

    March 6, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    1:55 I’d say closer to Avatar the last airbender then Captain Planet, they even share an ultimate power when the elements combine.

    Curious if you ever watched Avatar, definitely one of the most superior modern day cartoons. Would love to hear what you think of it

  • Jcr3ws

    March 6, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    In the options I noticed a controller type, would that change anything from press/hold to fire or does it just change button layout. Great review, kinda reminds me of dragon spirit on nes.

  • Grimmjow Jeagerjaques

    March 6, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Great vid Mike. I’ll hopefully be starting a classic gaming collection this summer starting with the Genesis. This is definitely going on my list of games to get. Thanks a lot.

  • culwin

    March 6, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Looks cool.
    Watch the price to double on Ebay by tomorrow, since Mike reviewed it.

  • March 6, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    A game that is almost identical to this is called “Undeadline” for the Sega Mega Drive. It’s even harder then this and you get to fight undead creatures.

  • diegowar

    March 6, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Excellent review. I love the tone of it, I felt I really got to understand all that there is to know about this game, your honest feelings about it, and I just spent some great minutes watching it. You also made me want to play it, too !

    To be frank, out of all the “serious” video game reviewers that I’ve followed these last years, you’re easily in my top 3, so thanks for all the work, and as long as you enjoy doing it, know that there will always be people to gladly see it.

  • moleman124

    March 6, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Yes It was a good video, n im a whore for any cinemassacre videos.

    But yeah did this feel a bit like a “how to” video (which contains gameplay spoilers, which a review should not) as well as a “review”, but whatevs still a good video.

    It had elements of a review, a walkthrough AND a how to… like how to cheat with a rapid fire controller! hahah

  • Shawdawg

    March 6, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Mike, you should review Techno Clash or Eternal Champions. Definite overlooked (Eternal maybe not as much) games that were pretty fun to play.

  • Arc Nova

    March 6, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    I really liked this review. I’ve only played the game a little bit myself, but it seems I should put some more time into it someday. If for no other reason than that soundtrack. πŸ™‚

    I’m looking forward to seeing which game you’ll do next!

  • Rick

    March 7, 2014 at 1:15 am

    Nice, Mike πŸ™‚ always cool to have something to tide us over before Monday…

  • frostare

    March 7, 2014 at 1:59 am

    Your house is amazing! And this game… looks really cool! Is there a Lunatic difficulty? Hahaha. Sorry if that reference was obscure.

  • March 7, 2014 at 3:26 am

    LOL at people not knowing that reviews are supposed to explain how the game works and give a final opinion, not ranting about bad it is or fanboying about how good it is. (ehmneogafehm)
    Anyway this seems like a really cool game, i like how it surprises you with stages you didn’t expect coming.

    Mike, since you’ve ranted about handholding in DKCR and in SM3DW, with some good and bad points but that’s opinions, it would be nice to hear yours on DKCTF.

    • March 7, 2014 at 4:08 am

      I didn’t rant about Donkey Kong Country Returns in any video. Though I’ve read about the handholding aspects. For the record, I like both Super Mario 3D World and DKCR. I just don’t like the handholding stuff.

      • Sirius

        March 7, 2014 at 1:38 pm

        Was there any handholding in DKCR? I can’t remember, but in Tropical Freeze, there is none. And the game will kick your ass. Try it.

      • March 8, 2014 at 1:26 pm

        I heard you about those games in some panels with James, i didn’t mean to say you ranted about in videos or stuff like that. Sorry if i was misleading.

        Anyway there is no handholding in Tropical Freeze and it’s really harder in the first world already. You have to go to funky and willingly spend some banana coins to buy some items. So that’s cool.

        But when i say it’s hard i mean DKC3 hard, but without the time limit levels (phew).

        Man you everything i say is so misleading? I wanted to know what you thought on DKCTF in general, no impling that is has handholding, quite the opposite really. (i’m italian so some phrasing that i think might be right sure comes from school confusion)

        Generally, i’m liking the game more than any recent platform game that comes to my mind, heck even a long time one, i didn’t like a platform game like this since Rayman 2.
        I know it’s in 3D but really i can’t come up with a more recent comparison.

        It’s just how every enemy hits you, it’s not like mario when you it them, they do a little animation, every element of the scenery is stuck with something and/or has a reason to be there and lots of crazy deaths since the first world.

        Maybe, by now, you guess i’m really liking this game. Hard but fair games are kinda my thing, especially with platformers.
        Sorry for the long post, and sorry for my poor english that lead you to a wrong conclusion.

  • BrandeX

    March 7, 2014 at 6:09 am

    You can only turn up the difficulty, not down, because JPN is used to a lot harder Sh’mups than we are.

  • T T

    March 7, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Nice video, but the actual review was hit and miss. Here’s my constructive criticism: At about 1/2 way through the tone of the video changes from gameplay facts to opinions. You start off with describing the style, weapons, controls… then you move onto your thoughts on weapons and bosses and how you beat them. Once that happens it’s no longer a review; more like a walkthrough.

    it’s ok to talk about specific instances in a game to prove a point, but Instead of literally describing the boss’ attacks and what kills them (which we can see on screen) talk about their style, uniqueness, how the game either builds the player up to face them or just tosses you in the lions den with nothing but the clothes on your back. Imagine if you were reviewing Super Mario 64… Would you tell the viewer that you had to swing Bowser around several times and toss him into the bombs to defeat him?

    Also, I think you need to develop some sort of personal style for yourself. It kinda-sorta-maybe-perhaps felt a little like watching an office powerpoint presentation by a fellow co-worker. If you want to cuss, be a boss about it and fucking CUSS! now that is some cheap shit. is not the same as holy mother of fuck that’s lame! But I digress; don’t be the nerd, just find a unique style that is your own. Hope this comment doesn’t just piss you off.

    • March 7, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      Well for Super Mario 64 I wouldn’t do that because I know most people are familiar with the game. For Elemental Master, I felt like I should describe some sections to the viewer because of how obscure a title it is. To give people a feel for what the game is like. That’s why the second section is walkthrough-y. Is that a word? =P Thanks though. I appreciate actual constructive criticism and I’ll keep it in mind.

  • inspectornills

    March 7, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Nice review, Mike. Glad to see you filling in for James while he’s doing his stuff. Now, most review shows start out simple, but then you want to start adding some more stuff to it, to give it more personality. Maybe its time you did the same. Maybe you should call your show “Rent or Own”

    • Kyle Jacobs

      March 7, 2014 at 12:01 pm

      Maybe he should call it “Rom or Own” lol j/k

  • RichterBelmont

    March 7, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Thanks Mike! This video was a lot like your hidden gem series for me because I’ve never heard of or played this game. I’ve been a fan of your hidden gem series so I liked this review a lot. You do a great job of describing what makes a game uniquely good or bad vs. some reviewers that tend to be generic.

  • tony brando

    March 7, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    I really enjoy your videos mike! I like the others too, not only about videogames so… keep going man!!

  • genju

    March 7, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    I loved this game as a kid, but the boss battles were actually way easier than Mike made them out to be. They have a set pattern that you can pick up on. The only real difficult boss is the final one just because there’s so much crap on the screen at once to dodge. In the final stage you do the boss gauntlet which may sound difficult but it really isn’t because your fairy friend becomes your ultimate weapon which can obliterate the bosses in 1-2 hits.

  • March 7, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    That’s cheating mike lol Good stuff

  • March 7, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    haha the second bosses mouths look like teethed vaginas… l

  • March 7, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Hey Mike, loved the video as always. You have some very unique idiosyncrasies that make your videos special and keep me (and countless others) coming back for more. It’s that fine blend of analysis and personal opinion which I like and the fact that I’ve re-watched your videos on a multitude of occasions is testament to that. You wouldn’t believe all the times that my friends and I would gather around the computer screen and watch Cinemassacre videos with a beer, laughing our butts off! It’s as if it has become some sort of event!

    Anyways, keep on doing what you’re doing as it makes us all very happy!

  • Orionsaint

    March 7, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    These reviews help me discover a rom in my Genesis emulation collection.

  • Midori

    March 8, 2014 at 2:32 am

    Oh awesome! I missed ur reviews Mike, you should totally do more!

  • March 8, 2014 at 6:05 am

    Have you guys ever played Twinkle Tales? It’s a Japanese Sega Genesis game but the text portion of the game is practically non-essential to the game-play in those game. It offers a lot more stages then elemental master.

  • Chet

    March 8, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Great review Mike! I enjoy your content just as much as James’ stuff. It’s always a nice surprise when I check the site and see a new review you’ve done.

  • Daniel Carlstein

    March 9, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Freeze the clip at 1:52 and see what poops up

  • Aaron1375

    March 9, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Nice review, you always give me a new game to try out with your reviews and I like that you reviewed Genesis games the last two times. I like the SNES more, but Genesis games have a certain charm and when they played to the Genesis’ strengths a game on it can be super awesome!

  • Ben_from_G-town

    March 10, 2014 at 12:25 am

    Nice game review, Mike. That game looks pretty cool. Very original, as you said. I might just have to add this one to my already pretty decently sized Genesis collection. πŸ™‚

  • Endless Mike

    March 10, 2014 at 1:13 am


    • March 10, 2014 at 2:29 am

      Great review Mike. Technosoft made another great Genesis game that no one ever mentioned called “Herzog Zwei” It basicly started the RTS Genre! It also has a killer Soundtrack and is addictive as hell. I was lucky, as I live in Australia my local video store had it and I would rent it out… I always thought it was weird that it said “Genesis” on the cover (Remember no Internet back then, I only knew the system as the Megadrive) One day someone stole the game from the video store. No one sold it I thought I would never get to play it again… then one day I rang every store in Brisbane (where I lived) to try find A copy. I got lucky one store had it. Because it was Import it was almost impossible to find, especially back then. I still have the game to this day. I would give it a 10/10 πŸ™‚

  • March 10, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    TecnoSoft’s music was so good. I wish it was available in collections on iTunes or Amazon.

    • March 11, 2014 at 10:14 am

      Matt I read somewhere that there was a Herzog Zwei CD in Japan, details were really sketchy tho… so maybe it never came out. Have never been able to find solid info on it. πŸ™‚ But I would of loved a CD.

  • CaptainViggo

    March 13, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Not being able to shoot constantly by holding the button, avoiding last shots of a dying boss, etc… You seem surprised and annoyed by that, but they all are classic gameplay moves of a real arcade shoot’em-up. Any old-school shmup player would be annoyed by the contrary, it’s part of the challenge of that kind of games.
    Cool review though, never heard of this game before (maybe because I’m not really fond of shmup games).

  • Aaron1375

    March 18, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    I played this one just the other day and it was rather fun. It seemed, though, like it was a sequel to another game the way the story progressed and certain elements to the story. Not sure if it felt that way to you as well. Just seemed like we should have known the characters beforehand or something. The game play was a lot of fun, I didn’t find that you really needed turbo at all as it seemed the controls were really loose so one could fire pretty rapidly using only their fingers. The bosses posed little challenge to me with the exception of the one on the next to last level. Took a minute to figure out what to do there, but the last boss was pretty straightforward and easy. Nice game for the Genesis.

  • nammm3

    March 21, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Man, looks crazy and fun! Nice review

  • Antidromic

    March 25, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Hey Mike! I’m glad to see you reviewing some Genesis games, I’d love to see you review some games for the Sega Saturn as well!

  • April 1, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    The name reminded me of Arcus Odyssey for megadrive, never passed the last boss thought.

  • Deathbringer

    July 28, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Mike, is that you on the cover of the game box? Lmao.

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