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Comix Zone
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, PlayStation 3 (PSN), Game Boy Advance, Virtual Console, Xbox Live Arcade, Windows PC, Steam
ROM size:
Sega Mega Drive
2MB
Sound driver: GEMS
Genre: Action































Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
1995-09-01 ¥7,800 G-4132
Sega Mega Drive
US
1995 $? 1569
Sega Mega Drive
EU
1995-10-27 £44.99 Media:CVG UK 167.pdf[1] 1569-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
1995 $?  ?
Sega Mega Drive
BR
199x R$? 046780


Windows PC
US
$39.95[2] ?
Windows PC
EU
£29.99 Media:CVG UK 173.pdf[3] €? MK-85011-50
Steam
US
$2.99 ?
Steam
EU
£1.99 €? ?



Nintendo Game Boy Advance
EU
£? €? AGB-P-ACZP



Wii Virtual Console
JP
600 points ?
Wii Virtual Console
US
800 points ?
Wii Virtual Console
EU
800 points ?



Xbox 360
JP (Download)
400pts ¥? ?
Xbox 360
US (Download)
400pts $? ?
Xbox 360
EU (Download)
400pts £? €? ?
Xbox 360
AU (Download)
?pts $? ?
Xbox 360
KR (Download)
?pts ₩? ?



Sony PlayStation 3
JP (Download)
¥571 (600) NPJB-00128
Sony PlayStation 3
US (Download)
$4.99 ?
Sony PlayStation 3
EU (Download)
£? €? ?
Sony PlayStation 3
KR (Download)
₩? ?



Comix Zone (コミックスゾーン) is a platform action game for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis. Play involves defeating enemies with punches, kicks, and holds, managing your inventory, and solving puzzles.

The game's most remarkable feature is that it is set within the "panels" of a comic book. Each level consists of two "pages", and secrets are discovered by shredding the "paper" and revealing items. Dialogue is rendered within talk bubbles with the typical comic font. Sprites and backgrounds possess the bright colors and dynamic drawing style favored by superhero comics.

Story

The plot concerns Sketch Turner, a cartoonist that during an unusual thunderstorm, becomes trapped in his own comic book while Mortus, the villain of his story, is flung out of it. Inside the comic book, he meets General Alissa Cyan, who believes he's a superhero that came to save their post-apocalyptic world from the evil. In the real world, Mortus would literally draw new villains on the pages of the comic book, trying to kill Sketch Turner, and so obtaining his "real" body to conquer the real world with.

Sketch Turner would have to battle his way through the pages, his only help being his pet rat Roadkill, who got electrocuted during this thunderstorm, enabling him to zap enemies.

Gameplay

A punches and B jumps, with combinations of A, B, and the D-pad doing different moves.

History

Legacy

The game is hidden within the Japanese version of Sonic Mega Collection and is locked part of all region versions of Sonic Mega Collection Plus, which is unlockable with having a Sonic Heroes gamesave, or is unlocked over time.

Mega Drive and PC releases came with a bonus music CD, Roadkill, which contains vocal tracks of the 6 main tunes in the game. The music was performed by the band "Roadkill", which was lead by Howard Drossin.

Comix Zone was ported to the GBA and released in Europe in 2002.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

Concept, Design & Art Direction: Peter Morawiec
Technical Director & Programmer: Adrian Stephens
Music & Sound Effects: Howard Drossin
Backgrounds: Kunitake Aoki, Chris Senn, Fei Cheng
Animation: Tom Tobey, Chris Senn, Bob Steele, Ross Harris, Craig Stitt, Dean Ruggles
Conceptual Art: Tony Dezuniga, Alex Nino
A.I. Scripting: Adrian Stephens, Peter Morawiec, Robert Morgan, Dean Lester
Character Voices

Howard Drossin - Sketch, Mortus, Strigil, Kung-Fung
Deborah Costa - General Alissa Cyan
Peter Morawiec - Gravis
Fei Cheng - Styx the Monk
Sue Ortlip - Mongoria

Executive Producer: Dean Lester
Associate Producer: Mike Wallis
Lead Tester: Kim Rogers
Testers: Sean Doidge, Fernando Valderrama, Steve Wong, David Wood, Chris Colon, Mark Dawson, Mike Williams, Arnold Feener, Aron Drayer, Abe Navarro, Roger Sommerville, Michael McCollum, Rob Prideaux, Joel Breton, Tony Lynch, Jeff Junio, Janine Cook, Rey Alferez
Special Thanks: Shinobu Toyoda, Roger Hector, Sidd SN Systems, Sue Ortlip, Sheri Hockaday, Deborah Costa, Terry Tang, John Duggan, Tim Gedemer, Mrowa "The House" for the Best Lamb in Town!
Copyright © 1995 Sega

Magazine articles

Main article: Comix Zone/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Digital manuals

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
56 №11, p148/149Media:CDConsoles FR 11.pdf[5]Media:CDConsoles FR 11.pdf
92 №167, p78/79Media:CVG UK 167.pdf[1]Media:CVG UK 167.pdf
79
79
100 №0101, p72Media:Fusion US 0101.pdf[6]Media:Fusion US 0101.pdf
72
83 №34, p46/47
85 №18, p59
89 №46, p56/57Media:Joypad FR 046.pdf[7]Media:Joypad FR 046.pdf
93
75
89 №36, p74-76Media:MeanMachinesSega36UK.pdf[8]Media:MeanMachinesSega36UK.pdf
95 №57, p96-98Media:PlayerOne FR 057.pdf[9]Media:PlayerOne FR 057.pdf
90 №21, p84/85
81 №72, p50-52
83 №50, p54/55
91 №60, p10/11
Sega Mega Drive
84
Based on
17 reviews

Mega Drive, US
ComixZone MD US Box Back.jpgComixZone MD US Box Front.jpg
Cover
Comixzone md us cart.jpg
Cart
ComixZone MD US manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
Comixzone md eu cover.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, JP
Comixzone md jp front cover.jpg
Cover
ComixZone MD JP CartTop.jpg
ComixZone MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Comixzone md jp manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, BR
Comixzone md br cover.jpg
Cover
Comix Zone MD BR cart.jpg
Cart
Comixzone md br manual.pdf
Manual

PC version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
70 №173, p58Media:CVG UK 173.pdf[3]Media:CVG UK 173.pdf
87 №42, p89Media:MeanMachinesSega42UK.pdf[10]Media:MeanMachinesSega42UK.pdf
82 №88, p12
Windows PC
80
Based on
3 reviews

PC, US
ComixZone PC US Box Front.jpg
Cover
ComixZone PC US Box Front JewelCase.jpg
Jewel Case
PC, EU
ComixZone PC EU Box Back.jpgNospine.pngComixZone PC EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
ComixZone PC EU Disc.jpg
Disc
ComixZone PC EU Box Back JewelCase.jpgComixZone PC EU Box Front JewelCase.jpg
Jewel Case

Game Boy Advance version

Game Boy Advance, EU
ComixZone GBA EU Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngComixZone GBA EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
ComixZone GBA EU Cart.jpg
Cart

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 File:CVG UK 167.pdf, page 78
  2. Press release: 1995-11-08: Sega delivers arcade gaming action on the PC
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 File:CVG UK 173.pdf, page 58
  4. http://www.jp.playstation.com/software/title/jp0177npjb00128_00svccomixzonexxxx.html
  5. File:CDConsoles FR 11.pdf, page 148
  6. File:Fusion US 0101.pdf, page 72
  7. File:Joypad FR 046.pdf, page 56
  8. File:MeanMachinesSega36UK.pdf, page 74
  9. File:PlayerOne FR 057.pdf, page 96
  10. File:MeanMachinesSega42UK.pdf, page 89