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Spin Master (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . Don't let the yoyo fool you, Spin Master came to play. This is a fast-paced action game that I couldn't put down. Unfortunately it's over far too soon, but so is the case with most arcade games of that era. While I may balk at the nine dollar asking price, I recommend it to anybody who couldn't get enough Metal Slug. It's nowhere near as violent as SNK's long running shooter, but Spin Master is definitely full of character and spirit. Rating: 78%
Spin Master (Virtual Console)
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What Is It? It's like Metal Slug ... with a yoyo. As silly as it sounds, Spin Master is a traditional 2D action/shooter where you jump around, collect treasure and knock people out with your special weapon. It's goofy, but it's also a whole lot of fun. Spin Master reminds us that there once was a time when SNK was about more than sluggish 2D fighting games, they also made rock solid action games. This 1992 treasure is full of colorful sprites, vibrant backgrounds and precise gameplay. Even if it's not very long, Spin Master more than makes up for any downside by offering enough personality to fill up a whole trilogy of games. Sadly we didn't see the further adventures of the Spin Master, but at least we can relive his adventure on the Virtual Console.

Does It Still Hold Up? The gameplay is simple, yet effective. The graphics are sharp and there's a nice variety of levels. Like all old school arcade games, Spin Master is short and very basic. If you based your enjoyment on a game's depth, then this is not the game for you. But Spin Master holds up in all of the most important ways.

Is It Worth The Money? Don't let the yoyo fool you, Spin Master came to play. This is a fast-paced action game that I couldn't put down. Unfortunately it's over far too soon, but so is the case with most arcade games of that era. While I may balk at the nine dollar asking price, I recommend it to anybody who couldn't get enough Metal Slug. It's nowhere near as violent as SNK's long running shooter, but Spin Master is definitely full of character and spirit.
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