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Astérix and the Great Rescue (Mega Drive)

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Asterix and the Great Rescue
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Genre: Action































Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$59.99 1532
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£30 1532-50
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F 1532-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM 110[2] 1532-50
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas 1532-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? 046180



Astérix and the Great Rescue (known during development simply as Astérix) is a platforming game developed by Core Design and published by Sega and released in 1993 for the Sega Mega Drive exclusively in the US and Europe. It was the first Sega game to tie into the Asterix series of comic books and other media. A different such game was released for the Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear.

Story

Gaul is almost completely occupied by the Roman Empire; the only plot of land remaining is the small town where Astérix and his friend Obelix live. While the town has been able to stalemate the Romans in the surrounding areas until then, the Romans did capture and imprison the town druid, Getafix, and their pet Dogmatix in Rome, and the two main characters must now set off to Rome to free them.

Gameplay

You can play as either Astérix or Obelix by selecting one before each level from a map screen. Both characters may jump with A, punch with B, and crawl by holding Down and a direction at the same time. Should a character collect a bag scattered about the levels, they receive a limited number of balls they can throw at enemies with C. There are at least two types of balls; one is shot to destroy enemies, the other to create platforms you can stand on; choose with Up+C.

Production credits

Source: In-game credits
  • Main Programming: Stef Walker
  • Graphics and Game Design: Jerr O Carroll
  • Music and Sound FX: Nathan McCree
  • Level Design and Other Graphics: Richard Morton
  • Presentation Code: Dan Scott
  • Music Driver: Sean Dunlevy
  • Gameplay: Bob
  • Technical Support and Divine Help: Mac Avory
  • Other Graphics: Billy Allison, Gary Bot Masey
  • Producer: Ken Lockley
  • Game Testing: Dazza, AJ, JJ, Buller, Rattle Snake, Lizzy, Yappa, Andy
  • Special Thanks to: Chris Long, Simon Phipps, John Kirkland, Roberto Cirillo and Linda Taylor

Magazine articles

Main article: Astérix and the Great Rescue (Mega Drive)/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Consoles + (FR) #25: "Novembre 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
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Sega Magazin (DE) #2: "November/Dezember 1993" (1993-11-03)
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Mega Force (ES) #18: "Octubre 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Hobby Consolas (ES) #25: "Octubre 1993" (1993-xx-xx)[3]
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Mega Force (ES) #19: "Noviembre 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Hobby Consolas (ES) #26: "Noviembre 1993" (1993-xx-xx)[4]
  • Todo Sega (ES) #9: "Diciembre 1993" (1993-xx-xx)[5]
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Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
80 №24, p124-126
52 №58, p34[6]
61 №0710, p120[7]
73 №58, p48[8]
88 №24, p104-106[9]
59 №11/93, p43[2]
84 №14, p30-31
80 №8, p24
86 №21, p96-97[10]
68 №23, p80-81
55 №14, p92-93[11]
65 №37, p152
78 №48, p48-49
60 №2, p32[12]
73 №12, p12
Sega Mega Drive
71
Based on
15 reviews

Mega Drive, US
AatGR MD US cover.jpg
Cover
AatGR MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Asterix And The Great Rescue MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
AatGR MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
AatGR MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, BR
AatGR MD BR Box.jpg
Cover
AatGR MD BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Astérix and the Great Rescue MD BR Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

Mega Drive, FR

Astérix and the Great Rescue MD FR Manual.pdf
Manual

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 7f112cd8
MD5 b93b38d6b5b2280bed4797c882b7ab3b
SHA-1 6d73f37fa31dbcc6a8e9e1590f552e084346088c
2MB 1993-10 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 4735fee6
MD5 9aad38cfe5a2df30a85d8f9de1138bf4
SHA-1 e6353362ba261f1f8efb31e624250e74e1ca0da1
2MB 1993-08 Cartridge (EU)

References


Astérix franchise games for Sega systems
Sega Master System
Astérix (1992) | Astérix and the Secret Mission (1993) | Astérix and the Great Rescue (1994)
Sega Game Gear
Astérix and the Secret Mission (1993) | Astérix and the Great Rescue (1994)
Sega Mega Drive
Astérix and the Great Rescue (1993) | Astérix and the Power of the Gods (1995)