Comix Zone (1995)

by Christopher
7 minutes read


Comix Zone: A Groundbreaking Fusion of Comics and Beat ‘Em Ups

Released in 1995 for the Sega Genesis, Comix Zone is a groundbreaking beat ’em up game that seamlessly blends the worlds of comic books and video games. Developed by Sega’s American studio, Sega Technical Institute, Comix Zone was praised for its innovative gameplay, stunning visuals, and unique art style that brought the comic book medium to life on the 16-bit console.

Plot and Gameplay

Comix Zone follows the story of Sketch Turner, a struggling comic book artist who is working on his latest creation, the eponymous Comix Zone. As Sketch puts the finishing touches on his comic, a bolt of lightning strikes his drawing table, causing the main villain of the comic, the evil mutant Mortus, to escape into the real world. Mortus, desiring to become flesh and blood and take over the world, traps Sketch inside his own comic book creation.

Inside the comic book, Sketch meets General Alissa Cyan, who believes he is the chosen one who will save their post-apocalyptic world from the evil of Mortus and his alien minions. Ignoring Sketch’s protests that he is just a regular guy, Alissa sends him on a mission to defeat Mortus and find a way out of the comic book world before his own creations destroy him.

Comix Zone is a side-scrolling beat ’em up game with a unique twist: the game’s levels are presented as comic book panels, and Sketch can interact with the panels to change the environment and defeat enemies. For example, Sketch can rip panels off the page to create platforms, use speech bubbles to trap enemies, and even draw new objects into the world to help him fight.

Innovative Gameplay and Visuals

Comix Zone’s gameplay is fast-paced and action-packed, with a variety of enemies to fight and challenging boss battles. The game’s visuals are also impressive, with a unique hand-drawn art style that brings the comic book world to life. The game’s backgrounds are full of detail, and the character sprites are large and expressive.

One of the most innovative aspects of Comix Zone is its use of sound effects and music. The game’s sound effects are all taken from classic comic book sound effects, such as “BAM!” and “POW!”, and the game’s music is a mix of rock and techno that perfectly captures the game’s over-the-top action.

Critical Reception and Legacy

Comix Zone was a critical and commercial success upon its release, with reviewers praising the game’s innovative gameplay, stunning visuals, and unique art style. The game has been cited as one of the best beat ’em up games of all time, and it has been featured in numerous lists of the best Sega Genesis games.

Comix Zone has also had a lasting impact on the video game industry. The game’s unique blend of comics and beat ’em up gameplay has been imitated by other games, and the game’s art style has been praised for its originality and creativity. Comix Zone is a true classic of the 16-bit era, and it remains one of the most unique and innovative beat ’em up games ever made.

Two Possible Endings

Comix Zone has two possible endings, depending on how quickly the player defeats Mortus in the final battle. If the player defeats Mortus before the chamber fills with liquid, Alissa is saved and comes to the real world with Sketch. Comix Zone is a huge success, being sold out on its first day, and Alissa joins the army, eventually becoming Chief of Security for the United States. Roadkill is given a vast amount of mozzarella cheese, and spends a lot of time exploring the city’s new sewer system when not sleeping under a pile of Sketch’s dirty socks.

However, if the player defeats Mortus after the chamber fills with liquid, Alissa dies. Sketch comes out of the comic book, but his comic is destroyed. The last sentence in the cutscene says “Will Sketch recreate his adventure for a happier ending?”


Comix Zone is a truly unique and unforgettable video game experience. The game’s innovative gameplay, stunning visuals, and unique art style set it apart from other beat ’em up games of its era. Comix Zone is a must-play for fans of beat ’em up games, comic books, and innovative video games in general.

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