Art Alive!

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Art Alive!
Publisher: Sega
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Genre: Educational (JP box), Table (Sega of Japan master list — though it may turn out Sega combined the two, TODO)

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥3,800 G-4069
Sega Mega Drive
$39.95[1] 1703
Sega Mega Drive
£29.99[2][3] 1703
Sega Mega Drive
?F 1703
Sega Mega Drive
DM ? 1703
Sega Mega Drive
?Ptas 1703
Sega Mega Drive
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
R$? ?

Art Alive! (アートアライブ) is a Sega Mega Drive game released in 1991. It can be seen as a Sega alternative to Nintendo's Mario Paint on the Super NES, though Art Alive! debuted before Nintendo's game.


With the start of the game, you are given a blank canvas, so to speak, and it's your job to fill it in. There are various tools you can use to do the job with. There's a pencil for drawing single lines and there's even a button for drawing a circle. It's similar to MS Paint in that you just press the A button where you want the circle to start, then move the cursor over to where you want the circle to end. Now just press the A button again to confirm this circle. The B button cancels the circle, and deletes it from the screen.

In addition, several stamps (like those seen in Wacky Worlds) of various Sega characters like Sonic the Hedgehog can be placed and animated throughout the picture.

With the help of emulators or a VCR, images created in Art Alive! can be saved for later viewing.

Production credits

Although Art Alive! doesn't have an ending, production credits can be shown by holding Left+A+C when the Sega logo appears.

Source: In-game credits
  • Programming: Jay Obernolte, Chris Ziomkowski
  • Adult Supervision: Jeff Fort, Scott Berfield
  • Art and Music: Eric Iwasaki
  • Program Design: Rand Siegfried, Jeff Fort, Jay Smith
  • Developed by: Western Technologies

Magazine articles

Main article: Art Alive!/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Ação Games (BR) #14: "Junho 1992" (1992-06-xx)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
35 №1, p22Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[5]
60 №45
51 №7, p40-41
50 №7, p76-77[6]
75 №26, p124[7]
19 №9, p19
68 №20, p104[8]
70 №4, p72-73[9]
46 №30, p58-59
79 №6, p62[10]
39 №18, p64
88 №10, p31[4]
Sega Mega Drive
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Mega Drive, US
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Mega Drive, EU
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Mega Drive, JP
Artalive md jp cover.jpg
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Artalive md jp manual.pdf
Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, BR
ArtAlive MD BR Box.jpg
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Art Alive md br manual.pdf

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 f1b72cdd
MD5 a53f365fb6997a537dff807344995c51
SHA-1 2c57e38592a206a1847e9e202341595832798587
128kB 1991-08 Cartridge