Popful Mail has to easily be the best game I have ever played for the Sega CD. Not only is it great for the 16 bit era, it is still great today. Most Sega CD games are lame. Normally they consist of some crappy FMVâ€™s or they are nothing more than a re-release of the cartridge version with upgraded sound. Well that is not the case for Popful Mail. Popful Mail has pretty solid graphics for a 16 bit game, but it isnâ€™t the graphics that set the game apart from the other BS Sega CD games. Itâ€™s the voice acting and animated cut scenes. They might seem weak by todayâ€™s standard, but for the time they were excellent! Back in the good ole days of 16 bit adventure gaming, you had to sit and read tons of text to advance in the game. So, to hear such great sound coming from a 16 bit game is great. The awesomeness doesnâ€™t stop with the sound though. The game play is extremely good as well. You get to use 3 different characters, but at the beginning only Mail is available. Once you have unlocked an extra character, you can go into your options and choose any of them on the fly. Each character has many weapons and armors they can use. The boss battles are done very well, though the early ones are a bit easy and the later ones can seem a bit hard. If you own a Sega CD you simply must get this game!!!!!
The controls are pretty basic. Nothing special about them nor is there anything bad. They are fluid and precise.
A++ in this department. You just canâ€™t get much better for this era of gaming. The same actors did a few other great RPGâ€™s for the system such as Lunar.
The Graphics are pretty good. Considering the genre they are mighty fine.
Over all this game is a must have. It is worth buying a Sega CD just to play it.
here is a video of the opening scene that i found on youtube