Sega Master System / Mark III / Game Gear
Charlie Fox has gone mad; after all, being chased incessantly by packs of slavering hounds is a strain on the nerves. Anyway, in his mildly psychotic state. Charlie decides to run through the seven levels which make up his forest home, thumping all the animals which get in his way. Each level consists of three areas, and Charlie must reach the very last level before he wins the respect of the huntsmen and he can go back to killing chickens in peace.
The woodland creatures are many and varied, except for one trait - none of them want to be punched by Charlie. Contact with one of these animals means the loss of one of his three lives.
The fox has a couple of tricks up his sleeve, one of them being his best friend Jimmy the Crow, the other, his trusty Transformation Stick. When found, Jimmy rides on Charlie's back, jumping at the baddies when the fire button is pressed. The Transformation Stick, which is also hidden, allows our furry friend to change into a different animal.
Everything about Psycho Fox is cute and just a bit soppy, but the gameplay is tough and challenging, with a brilliantly balanced difficulty level that lets you get Just a little further into the game. If you're a platform game fanatic hankering after something akin to the Nintendo's Super Mario Brothers, don't miss this.
Psycho Fox features superb graphics and tons of tough, but highly addictive platform action which should keep you occupied for some considerable period of time.