1990 – Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker
Behind The Music: A "Smooth Criminal"-era arcade and Genesis title that saw the skull-faced, androgynous albino King of Pop shimmying it out with suited thugs to rescue kidnapped children, way before the concept became so ironic.
Why It Rocks: You mean apart from an inexplicable cameo by Bubbles the chimp, who turns you into a laser-spewing robot? Surprisingly enjoyable to play and featuring MJ’s direct creative input in the development, it showed that with a little TLC, even the strangest SoundScan spin-off could (gasp!) occasionally be good. It was also a forerunner for Jacko’s involvement in other games such as Space Channel 5 and the posthumously created motion-controlled dance and karaoke simulator, Michael Jackson: The Experience.
Did You Know… Jackson also turned up as an unlockable character in Midway’s boxing title Ready 2 Rumble: Round 2. Oddly, there was no dancing involved, only punching.