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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Shanghai FM - Sega Master System [004] PlayThru

Title Screen

This game is the reason I do not have my original Sega Master System model 1, which is still sitting hooked up to a TV at my parents' house.  I did manage to claim my favorite joystick from the system though, the Epyx 500XJ for the SMS, and a few copies of this game.

Besides playing games like Boulder Dash, Lode Runner and Joust on the Atari 800, my mom would play this game and Columns.  If she could not sleep, she would be down in the living room, playing this game.

Instruction Screen
This capture highlights the FM sound. I did not have the ability to play with FM sound until the last few years.  It is different to me, mainly from being so used to the PSG sound, but it does get the job done.  I might prefer the PSG sound, but that could be because it is familiar to me more than one being better than the other.

Gameplay Start
The implementation of this port is really well done in my opinion.  The 3D look of the tiles makes it easier to tell where a tile is in a pile.  A side effect of this view is sometimes a tile is not viewable, but the game offers a 'peek' option which allows the tile to be shown.

Mid Gameplay
The standard solitaire challenge in Shanghai offers three music selections the player can choose as the background tune playing, so I did a match play with each tune using the FM sound (a PSG sound version is coming later) and I was even lucky enough to win a match!

This gameplay was captured on March 18, 2018.

Game was played on a Sega Master System Model 1 equipped with a FM Expansion Board from Tim Worthington
Box Insert
A HD Retrovision Component cable was used, connected to an OSSC 1.6 (processing the video in Line4x mode), with the output being captured by a Startech USB3HDCAP.

Video was edited with Shotcut.

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