In an era where Sonic and Mario ruled the 2D lands, a lone hero stood up and fought the tyrannical oppressors that ruled the two major consoles... and lost. But that’s not to say that Tinhead still wasn’t a ton of fun, right?
Tinhead was a 2D Side-Scroller/Shooter developed by Spectrum HoloByte. Yeah, most of y’all don’t even know who they are, do you? Well, you should – they were the ones who brought Tetris out of the USSR. Either way, released in 1993 for the SEGA Genesis, Tinhead had you running around four worlds as the Defender of the Universe, on a quest to recover the stars that have been sucked from the sky by the intergalactic goblin, Grim Squidge.
Yep, thats him. Now, there were four different worlds to Tinhead, with three stages per. Each of those three stages were broken up into two sections, however, so in reality you’re playing through... um... ok, carry the 1... divide by Todd Helton’s 2004 batting average... 24! You’re playing through twenty-four separate levels across four worlds, collecting stars (that are trapped inside black balls) as well as other items such as ying yang symbols, teddy bear faces, wrenches, and smiley faces, all of which earned you points. You collected batteries to replenish your health, and even picked up ammunition.
Yes, ammunition. See, in Tinhead you didn’t hop on your enemies like a bitch, oh no. You were gangster. You shot bullets out of your damn forehead!
Taking a hint from Super Mario World, you also get a steed fairly early on in the game in the form of a giant bouncing ball that helps you reach those high-up places. While he wasn’t quite as useful in a combat situation as Yoshi, he was great for getting across some of the larger jumps that you’d otherwise be screwed on.
There is, however, one thing about Tinhead that may throw a lot of gamers off: It’s hard. We’re talking Contra/Ghosts ‘n’ Ghouls kind of hard here. So you can expect to see this:
A lot. However, it’s just so damn fun that you keep wanting to come back.
If you find this just laying around at a garage sale, or at a discount gaming store, do yourself a favor and pick it up. Trust me, you won’t regret it.