Here you will find my brief reviews of Atari Jaguar CD games, along with a rating from 1 to 10. A rating of 9-10 indicates a great game; 7-8 is a good game; 5-6 is a mediocre game; 3-4 is a poor game; and 1-2 is a horrible game. At the bottom of the page can be found my Top 5 list. To view a video showing most of these games, see 50 Atari Jaguar Games.
In this strategy game, you control a group of little bald men known as the Baldies. You can assign each of them a job: Builder, worker, scientist, or soldier. The builders are in charge of constructing and upgrading your buildings, while the workers' job is simply to reproduce and create more Baldies. Hilariously, the workers are represented by a little guy jumping on a bed. The scientists invent traps you can set for your enemies, and of course the soldiers are the ones who fight the battles. Maintaining a balance is necessary if you want to succeed, especially at the later levels. Your ultimate goal is to defeat your enemies, the Hairies. Unfortunately, the game has some annoying glitches later in the game. Baldies may just be an average game in many respects, but it's still fairly entertaining.
This 3D action-shooting game is the sequel to Cybermorph. It's a perfect example of what a sequel should be. The graphics and controls have been improved, and the levels now have more variety in the mission objectives. You're not just collecting pods this time; you're also blowing up strategic targets, disabling force fields, and fighting bosses. The sound has also been improved; Cybermorph didn't even have in-game music. Battle Morph not only has music, but most of it is very good. This is the best Jaguar CD game I've played.
This is the sequel to the Lynx flight game of the same name. As a pilot in the Blue Lightning Squadron, you must ultimately defeat the evil General Drako. You can choose from seven jets as you go on missions around the globe. Depending on the level, you may have to destroy enemy tanks, escort a supplies plane to its destination, or blow up a secret base. The graphics aren't that great, but the sound is pretty good, especially the rock tunes that play in some levels. Unfortunately, the controls are stiff and really bring the game down. The barrel roll maneuver is a joke; it makes the whole screen rotate in super slow motion. Even though the Arctic levels at the end are cool with lots of ships and submarines to blow up, most of the game is dull.
This is a conversion of the laserdisc arcade game that plays like an interactive cartoon. As Dirk the Daring, you'll have to rescue Princess Daphne from an evil dragon. Because the game is comprised of many short video clips, you don't completely control Dirk. At certain points in the animation, you'll need to move a certain direction or press the B button to swing your sword. Press the correct button(s) at the right time to clear a room and move to the next. There are 30 different rooms in the game, some of which may require only one or two commands, while others are more complex. A lot of trial and error will be required to complete the game. The graphics and sound are excellent, even though there is a little pixelation in the video. Once you accept the limited controls, you'll find that Dragon's Lair is a decent game. It is a bit short, but it does provide a few hours of enjoyment.
In this game, you pilot an armored hovercraft. In each level, you must find and destroy a number of key enemy targets. You have a radar and compass to help you out, but sometimes you must maneuver around obstacles such as mountain ranges before you can get to where you need to be. There are over 40 missions altogether. The frame rate is a little jerky and the control isn't all that great, but this game is still mildly entertaining.
This is the Jaguar CD version of the mid-1990s arcade fighting game. You can choose from seven prehistoric characters and battle it out against the computer or a friend. Overall, it's a good conversion, although the loading times are somewhat long. However, you will really need the six-button ProController to play this game. Playing it with a standard controller would prove to be extremely cumbersome.
Superfly DX is a homebrew game released in 2010. As a flying superhero, you make your way through various caverns and other tight spaces. Only one button (B) is used during gameplay; press it to move your character up a bit, and of course gravity brings you back down. Maintain the right altitude to avoid hitting the ceiling or floor of the caverns (and other obstacles). Depending on the game mode, you're either flying just to survive, or you're trying to collect stars or other objects. The gameplay is simple, but the graphics and sound are impressive for a homebrew game; the music is particularly good. The game has unlockable modes and features, and your progress is saved to the Memory Track. Superfly DX provides an old-school challenge, which may turn off some people, but it is quite fun to play and has an addictive quality that keeps you coming back for more. Any Jaguar CD owners looking for a good new game should check this one out.
This is a puzzle game where you must unscramble music videos. The videos are segmented into a 3 x 3 grid at first, and up to a 6 x 6 grid in later levels. The gameplay is really nothing special; it's not much different than a jigsaw puzzle, only with rectangular pieces and a time limit. The best part about this game is the music and videos themselves. There are videos from a number of rock artists including Aerosmith, Peter Gabriel, Soundgarden, and more.