Decap Attack

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Decap Attack
Publisher: Sega
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Steam
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
$? 1027
Sega Mega Drive
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
£34.99 1027
Sega Mega Drive
?F 1027
Sega Mega Drive
DM ? 1027
Sega Mega Drive
?Ptas 1027
Sega Mega Drive
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
R$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
₩? GM4043JG

$2.99 ?
€1.99 ? ?

Decap Attack (also styled DEcapAttack) is a 1991 platforming game for the Sega Mega Drive by VIC Tokai. It is a hack of their 1990 game Magical Hat no Buttobi Turbo! Daibouken replacing everything except the basic gameplay and most of the engine (the sound driver was changed from SMPS to that used by composer Fumito Tamayama's company Graphic Research).

You play as Chuck D. Head, a decapitated mummy who must defeat the forces of the evil Max D.Cap, an underworld warlord who is invading the world of the living.

Basic gameplay is similar to that of Magical Hat. There are many changes such as inclusion of heart life bar, which allows you to take few hits before death, tweaks and changes to level design, removal of one of bonus games and score system, changes to enemy and boss behavior.


Comic adaptation

Sonic the Comic included "Decap Attack" comics strips. The first story arc was an adaptation of the game's plot, while later stories took their own spin. Story arcs are: "Decap Attack starring Chuck D. Head" (issue #10 to #15) and "Who Killed Chuck!" (#34 to #39). Writers continued to make "Decap Attack" comic strips due to popularity, often creating single-part stories, with very few small 2-3 part story arcs. All of them still had a single continuation. Not counting the first two big story arcs, there were 29 more separate stories (issues #40, #66 to #68, #69, #70, #71, #89, #90, #91 to #93, #94, #97 to #99, #101, #102, #104, #105, #107 to #108, #109, #110, #111, #113, #114 to #115, #116, #119, #120, #123, #125, #126, #129, #130, #131 to #132). It was the last non-Sonic comics strips in Sonic the Comic, for long time being the only one in the latter half of the 1990s before being cancelled as well.

Production credits

Source: In-game credits
  • Director: Dark Side Toshi
  • Programmers: Dr. Suzuki, Chem. Watanabe, Carrot Iwasawa
  • Character Designer: Buffoon Yamaguchi
  • Map Designers: Western Village, Kunoichi Hagawa
  • Sound Composer: Tamachan
  • Special Thanks to: Bert and STI Jester
  • Supervisor: Bigfoot Shijoh
  • Producer: Rich Man

Magazine articles

Main article: Decap Attack/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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GamePro (US) #28: "November 1991" (1991-xx-xx)

Digital manuals

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
92 №3, p70/71[2]
92 №27, p42[3]
70 №26, p35
85 №5, p62/63[4]
85 №3
88 №21, p128[5]
78 №5, p91
79 №8, p85
76 №1, p65
82 №1, p77[6]
78 №15, p100[7]
80 №1, p78/79[8]
93 №26, p36/37
81 №2, p54/55[9]
81 №18, p65
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
15 reviews

Mega Drive, US
Decap md us cover.jpg
Decap md us cart.jpg
DecapAttack MD US Manual.pdf
Mega Drive, EU
Decap md eu cover.jpg
DecapAttack MD EU Cart Top.jpg
DecapAttack MD EU Cart Back.jpgDecap md eu cart.jpg
Mega Drive, BR
Decapattack md br cover.jpg
DecapAttack MD BR Cart.jpg
Decap Attack MD BR Manual.pdf
Mega Drive, CA
Decapattack MD CA Box.jpg
Mega Drive, KR
Decap Attack MD KR Box.jpg
DecapAttack MD KR carttop.jpg
DecapAttack MD KR cartback.jpgDecapAttack MD KR cart.jpg

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 73dc0dd8
MD5 283c180cede3352dabec75fff677052e
SHA-1 9665f54a6149d71ea72db9c168755e62cb61649c
512kB 1991-06 Cartridge (US/EU)

External links


  1. File:SegaPro UK 01.pdf, page 9
  2. File:ConsolesPlus FR 003.pdf, page 70
  3. File:GamePro US 027.pdf, page 62
  4. File:HobbyConsolas ES 005.pdf, page 54
  5. File:Joystick FR 021.pdf, page 128
  6. File:MegaTech UK 01.pdf, page 77
  7. File:PlayerOne FR 015.pdf, page 100
  8. File:SegaForce UK 01.pdf, page 78
  9. File:SegaPro UK 02.pdf, page 56