Believe it or not, back in the day arcades were a big thing. For years, it was generally held that if you wanted that arcade experienece at home you got a NES. That was till Sega released the Sega Genesis in North America along with a slew of arcade titles that were closer to the originals than the NES could reproduce. Forgotten Worlds was one of those arcade games that you could not get on the NES. Sega were seemingly addicted to licensing out their arcade games to Tengen for play on the NES around this time (something they eventually stopped).
Forgotten Worlds was originally a Capcom game, for some reason one that never saw light of day on the NES or Super Nintendo. Forgotten Worlds did make it to the Turbo Grafx-16 platform though which made it weirder that Capcom would not do an official port to a Nintendo console.
Gameplay wise, Forgotten Worlds is the same across most of the platforms you can play it on (and there are a lot). Controlling a flying man, that has no visible means of doing so, with a floating gun turret that rotates around him, players are tasked with defeating lizards, dragons with their guts exposed and more.
The challenge level is set on high, much like most of Capcom’s arcade games from the late 80’s, this was the time of the quarter muncher after all. The ports of Forgotten Worlds vary depending on the platform you are playing it on. The arcade version still looks the best but the Genesis version holds its own quite well.
Ports of this game include computers such as the Commodore Amiga and 64, IBM PC (DOS), Atari ST, ZX Spectrum, Genesis, Turbo Grafx-16 Super CD-ROM and the Amstrad CPC. Quite a spread of platforms (and people think we have too many platforms today). The original arcade game has been re-released on PS2 and Xbox in Capcom Classics Collection Vol 1 and for Playstation Portable in Capcom Classics Collection: Remixed.
For those looking for a hard as nails 2D side scrolling shooter, look no further. There are a myriad of options to play this game in many different forms.