After a bit of a hiatus, Pixelated Audio is back with another episode.
Today we’re covering Psycho World, released for the MSX in 1988 and localized as Psychic World for the Sega Master System and Game Gear in 1991. The original MSX release was developed and published by Hertz, a short-lived Japanese game developer that also worked on number of ports with their final game being Vay for the Mega CD. The SMS and Game Gear ports of Psychic World were done through a partnership with SIMS and published by Sega.
Psycho World is an action platformer with a unique if somewhat unusual sprinting mechanic, that takes design cues from contemporary games like Metroid, Mega Man and Phantasy Star. The original MSX game features 8 lengthy stages, with the more scaled down ports for SMS and Game Gear feature fewer remixed stages, most likely to fit smaller space limitations, although each version has its merits.
The short and catchy MSX soundtrack was composed by Kenji Yamazaki and Yuko Yamazaki, who despite being listed by name in the credits have very little other info available. Kenji Yamazaki wrote the music to the RPG Sword of Legend Lenam by Hertz, but Yuko Yamazaki has no additional credits we could find. Despite the name, this is not the same Kenji Yamazaki that began his career in 1991 and would go on to work on Super Drift Out for the Super Famicom. The Game Gear and Master System port were handled by Izuho Takeuchi aka “Ippo“, a Sega veteran that also composed music for Phantasy Star III on the Mega Drive.
We focus mostly on the FM version of the soundtrack, with a few departures and comparisons to the other two. Join us as we listen and chat about the game in this lighthearted show.