Woody Pop (Woody Pop: Shinjinrui no Block Kuzushi), is a ball and paddle game similar to the likes of Breakout and Arkanoid It was originally released exclusively in Japan for the Sega Master System in 1987, before being given an international release on the Sega Game Gear in 1991.
Players control a cartoon rendition of a tree spirit in the form of a log named Woody. His mission is to use a ball to break down block barriers set up by an enemy known as The Mad Machine inside the Mansion Toy Factory.
The barriers consist of normal blocks and special “mystery” blocks that release hazards such as toy soldiers and wind up robots, both of which will obstruct and deflect the ball in crazy ways back at Woody.
There are also special blocks that grant Woody powers such as a Flameball, a skull, a hammer and even magic potions. Other features include a train that on some screens serves as a screen wide moving obstacle to players’ progress and bottom screen corners that can deflect the ball back up the screen.
There are 50 different levels in all before you face the final level where the players attempt to defeat The Mad Machine. One difference from most Breakout style games that Woody Pop has is the ability once players finish a level to choose a new level from up to three adjacent levels, making the game less linear.
Woody Pop on the Sega Mark III and Master System was controlled with a special paddle controller that like the game was only sold in Japan. For the Game Gear it used the standard Game Gear controls.