Save your Quarters… or Not!: Caveman Ninja (Arcade) Stage 1 or Joe & Mac (SNES) 1st Stage
Should you save your quarters on this game and play it at home or should you play it at the Arcade? The choice is yours, but you will probably save your quarters either way since Arcades are dying and nearly all good old Arcade cabinets won’t be found at the next intersection. Now, Caveman Ninja, also known as Joe & Mac, was ported to many systems like the SNES, the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, the Game Boy, the PC, but here we compare the Arcade to the SNES version. We can see that the SNES version is not a completely accurate reproduction of the original, but a kind of expansion, since it features longer stages, bonus stages and an overworld map. I can interpret this as a way to make this game more adapted to console gaming since playing at home without spending money each time you’re game over gives you more time to play, while Arcade games need to be quick for obvious reasons. The level design in the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive version is closer to the original, while lacking a little bit in sounds and graphics quality, just like the PC version. The 8-bit versions are really downgraded as can be expected. If you’re searching for a more Arcade-like experience of the game, take the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive version or the PC version although that might be complicated. If you want to play those longer stages, then go for the SNES version. You might even want the Arcade version if you’re a purist.
Note: The sound is a little bit out of sync in the first part (Arcade version). That’s my bad, sorry!