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Worst Rock-Star cameos of all time

Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker - 1990

Critical shred:With only the occasional palette-switch, every level has just one or two enemy types that are on an endless loop, like a drum track in a Rockwell song.” – IGN.com

   Above: Hey, that’s not the right box art!


Above: That’s better

From baby dangling, underage petting allegations, on down to monkey enslavement and videogames, Michael Jackson can do no wrong and it’s been proven in the court of law. Even after Sega tricked a generation into thinking Moonwalker was a “killer exclusive” for the Genesis, gamers look back on the dupe with campy charm.

In what can only be described as part vanity project, part unsettling fantasy, someone has kidnapped a group children for no discernable reason, and it’s up to MJ to win the day and claim his prize. The President of Pop jazz-kicked his way through cookie-cutter enemies as his trusty sidekick Bubbles the Chimpanzee pointed the way to victory. At least this game actually incorporated the music into the gameplay. If MJ’s Moonwalker will be remembered for anything it’s the Dance Magic Attack featuring his trademarked tunes backed by adorable MIDI versions of “Smooth Criminal” and “Thriller.”

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33 comments

  • PivotPlurals1 - September 14, 2008 12:07 p.m.

    journey's game=PHAIL :P
  • georgeguy - September 14, 2008 11:08 a.m.

    mega artical!!! but it really good also, doesnt the kiss game look like quake arena???
  • ELpork - September 13, 2008 8:16 a.m.

    WHAAAAA? no kiss pinball?
  • JaysonAych - September 13, 2008 6:19 a.m.

    I will say that Crue Ball was the most fun video-game pinball title I've ever played, despite the pasted-in throwaway references to Motley Crue.
  • bl00dyvalen7ine - September 13, 2008 1:15 a.m.

    YES!!! 10 PAGES!!! no really... I prefer to have more pages of pure entertainment
  • ClusterShart - September 12, 2008 7:05 p.m.

    Revolution X, I have actually played it
  • iluvmyDS - September 12, 2008 4:29 p.m.

    Oh jesus that's frightening.
  • Donnagen - September 12, 2008 3:27 p.m.

    I am shocked that you would complain about 10 pages claiming that you "actually have a life". Apparently your life consists of complaining about the length of articles on this awesome sight. Good one!
  • jayson_90210 - September 12, 2008 6:54 a.m.

    What about "Frankie goes to Hollywood" on the Spectrum? Although that was actually alright I suppose. Plus, what the hell is wrong with Moonwalker, I loved that game. The car park level with beat it playing was great!
  • Johnny6Gun - September 12, 2008 6:12 a.m.

    As bad as the SNES/Genesis ports were, the arcade version of Rev X wasn't that bad of a mid-90's arcade-styled shooter.
  • Ravenbom - September 12, 2008 5:03 a.m.

    Wow, all my fav games from all my fav bands in one article.
  • Holy Diver - September 12, 2008 3:11 a.m.

    How could you forget the Beatles: Escape From the Octopus's Garden?
  • Solid_Gabriel - September 12, 2008 1:24 a.m.

    Well, at least ED Hunter had the best soundtrack of all of those games... UP THE IRONS!
  • Defguru7777 - September 12, 2008 12:35 a.m.

    Terrible, just terrible...
  • GamesRadarChrisAntista - September 11, 2008 11:29 p.m.

    Atta Boy, Tochy!
  • Tochy - September 11, 2008 11:14 p.m.

    Done
  • mishmoigon - September 11, 2008 10:45 p.m.

    *sigh* 10 more pages to go...
  • CuddlyBomber - September 11, 2008 10:41 p.m.

    First. And to answer you're question Chris no i don't care.
  • Gman50 - September 28, 2008 1:03 p.m.

    Hilarious. And how cool is it that now I have a midget Kiss cover band for my backround. My kingdom for a music video.
  • IWUNapenguin - September 16, 2008 7:15 a.m.

    i totally have that MJ game! and it had thriller? i remember seeing a zombie level and being mad that it WASN'T playing thriller. i also didn't make it very far because the game was a plate of meh-cakes.

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