Cotton Boomerang, if you want to spend a ton of money and still get a good game.
Super Tempo is an average platformer, it doesn't push the hardware in any way, but it has huge sprites and cute graphics and the gameplay mixes things up a LOT through each level. For example one level has a linear path to the exit. Another has a non-linear open level where you have to search for 4 animal spirits to open the exit. Another level is a shmup. One boss has to be defeated by button mashing, another one has to be finished in a 1v1 boxing match. Also at least one level requires you to read Japanese or go through a bunch of trial and error to figure out the correct path where you don't lost any hitpoints. Plus the quiz questions the game asks are musical in nature, like it gives a portrait of a musician and you have to tell if it's Bach or Beethoven.
My big problem with Super Tempo is that the game is pretty long and has no save features. You need over an hour to beat it on one sitting, assuming you know everything. But some levels are actually difficult so you might lose some lives. And the controls feel a bit slow to respond.
Taromaru has very impressive 3d backgrounds and a feudal Japanese mythological setting. Basically you are a diviner killing evil spirits. I recall the good stuff ends there though. The controls feel sluggish and combat is basically mashing the hit button that uses your auto-target laser, which in itself is clunky and slow so you have to time things a bit. But you get swarmed by enemies so it's difficult. I'm pretty sure I beat it by setting up autofire and just grinding through the game since I was just not having fun.
But it's been very long since I played it so I could be wrong. The game is also notorious for being overrated and overpriced; Super Tempo is more worth the price (since it costs less than half), but they are both mediocre titles in gameplay, as far as I remember. Taromaro looks better since it has elaborate 3d backgrounds and demonic designs, but Super Tempo has cuter 2d hand-drawn graphics and animations.
So yeah, get Cotton Boomerang if you want to spend a lot of money. Or even Radiant Silvergun or Dracula X or Panzer Dragoon Saga.
Super Tempo and Psychic Assassin Taromaru to me are very much titles people own for the sake of owning them, as zyrobs said they're both very mediocre titles that don't in any way justify their price tag.
I think you'd be better off directing that money towards a number of other titles, or maybe using it to break out in to something for another system, or another system itself.
Sounds like a better plan to me, their not bad games but very mediocre even by Saturn standards and certainly not worth the prices they command, they've become more pieces for bragging rights than anything else.
Unless you want them for a specific collecting goal, which is totally fine, they are absolutely not worth buying. Reasonable, quirky platform games that'll give you a couple of hours of entertainment each. Even as an investment, they could be a waste of money.
Apologies if I sound negative but I've been caught up in the hype of several very expensive Saturn games like these in the past, and really regretted buying them.
To put it in perspective, you could buy a brand new Xbox one or PS4 and a handful of top quality recent releases, to occupy you for many months for the £400+ they would cost. Or a huge stack of decent cheaper Saturn games of course. Or a holiday
if you're committed to getting one of these two, taromaru is great. a very treasure-like game, as it was directed by one of Treasure's leads with many former staff (most of whom returned to treasure afterwared). tryrush deppy is just a low print run mediocre platformer.
This year I am going to splash out on one of the two big ones on my wishlist, since I know there isn't that many other games that I'm eager to get.
I'm torn between these two though. Can someone recommend one or the other?
As guidance, I'm a big fan of games that have cool / interesting bosses. I've also heard that Taromaru can be tough, but presumably that would be alleviated by lowering the difficulty?
I would say Taromaru - It's a true Saturn showcase game. Ok... it doesn't play the best, but it must use almost every Saturn trick in the book (wait until you see the effects used on stuff like the Spider boss !) but no you can't make the game easier lol.
Though if you want to splash the cash and likes bosses I would get Radiant SilverGun myself or maybe look at Stellar Assualt. That is..if you haven't got them already.
I've got Stellar Assault. It's cheap and great! Radiant Silvergun isn't my cup of tea though, so I won't be grabbing that.
I think I am going to go with Super Tempo to be honest. Reminds me a lot of stuff like Keio and EWJ, which I'm a big fan of. Also the Taromaru prices lately are a little silly.
I got both Super Tempo and Taromaru. Tbh Super doesn't play great and really doesn't make much use of the Saturn other than some nice odd spot effects and some nice scrolling off the VDP 2. Taromaru makes much better use of the Hardware. Have you got Wolf Fang ? That could be up your street and its price is going up all the time