Lethal Enforcers

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Lethal Enforcers
Publisher: Konami
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Mega-CD
Original system(s): Arcade Boards
Peripherals supported: Konami Justifier
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥9,800 T-95073
Sega Mega Drive
$49.99[1] T-95096
Sega Mega Drive
£54.99 T-95096-50
Sega Mega Drive
?F T-95096-50
Sega Mega Drive
DM ? T-95096-50
Sega Mega Drive
?Ptas T-95096-50
Sega Mega Drive
$? ?

Sega Mega-CD
¥9,800 T-95014
Sega Mega-CD
JP (Famitsu Ban)
¥? ?
Sega Mega-CD
$? T-95015
Sega Mega-CD
£64.99[4] T-95015-50
Sega Mega-CD
?F T-95015-50
Sega Mega-CD
DM ? T-95015-50
Sega Mega-CD
?Ptas T-95015-50

Lethal Enforcers (リーサルエンフォーサーズ) is an arcade light-gun game released by Konami in 1992. It was ported to the Sega Mega Drive and Sega Mega-CD in 1993, as well as the Super Famicom/SNES (with censorship) at around the same time.


Lethal Enforcers was built to use Konami's Justifier light gun (although standard controllers also work). The Mega Drive and Mega-CD ports will not function with the majority of other light guns (most notably the Sega Menacer), which has in turn caused a great deal of confusion over the years. No versions of Lethal Enforcers were ever officially sold without (blue) Justifiers, although for a second player to join in, a second, pink justifier would need to be purchased separately. The downside with such an approach is that purchasing both the Mega Drive and Mega-CD ports left users with an extra blue gun never likely to be used.

The goal of the game is simple: you're a police officer and you shoot the criminals before they shoot you while leaving the civilians unharmed. When using the standard controller, A/B shoot and C reloads; when using the Justifier, pulling the trigger when aimed at any area of the screen shoots, and pulling the trigger when aimed away from the screen reloads. You can also use weapons some enemies drop, by shooting at the weapon icons which appear on the screen after killing the relevant enemy.



At least ten special copies of the Mega-CD version were known to be given away in a contest by the Japanese magazine Famitsu.[6][7] [More information on this is needed.]

The Mega-CD version of Lethal Enforcers was the second game to be given an MA-17 rating by Sega's Videogame Rating Council[8], following Night Trap. The game was banned in Germany[9].


Lethal Enforcers was followed by Lethal Enforcers II: Gun Fighters, which was also ported to both the Mega Drive and Mega-CD.

Magazine articles

Main article: Lethal Enforcers/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

EGM US 052.pdfEGM US 052.pdf

Print advert in

Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #52: "November 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:

  • Game Players (US) Vol. 6 No. 12 "December 1993" (1993-xx-xx)[10]

  • Electronic Games (1992-1995) (US) #16: "January 1994" (1993-12-21)[11]

  • GamePro (US) #54: "January 1994" (199x-xx-xx)[12]

CVG UK 145.pdfCVG UK 145.pdf

Print advert in

Computer & Video Games (UK) #145: "December 1993" (1993-11-15)
also published in:

  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #146: "January 1994" (1993-12-15)[13]

  • Mega (UK) #16: "January 1994" (199x-xx-xx)[14]

  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #149: "April 1994" (1994-03-15)[15]

MegaForce ES 21.pdf

Print advert in

Mega Force (ES) #21: "Enero 1994" (1994-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
79 №28, p134/135
80 №144, p70-71[16]
95 №15, p120
100 №53, p68[1]
89 №15, p38/39/40
91 №2, p34/35/36/37
74 №14, p94-96[17]
75 №38, p104/105
78 №51, p48
89 №15, p60/61
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
10 reviews

Mega Drive, US
LethalEnforcers MD US Box Back.jpgLethalEnforcers MD US Box Front.jpg
Mega Drive, EU
LethalEnforcers MD EU Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngLethalEnforcers MD EU Box Front.jpg
Mega Drive, JP
LethalEnforcers1 MD JP Box Top.jpg
LethalEnforcers1 MD JP Box Back.jpgLethalEnforcers1 MD JP Box Spine.jpgLethalEnforcers MD JP Box Front.jpg

Mega-CD version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
82 №146, p72[5]
95 №52, p74/75[3]
93 №11, p44/45/46
63 №47
78 №17, p50/51
89 №15, p38/39/40
85 №8, p50/51
92 №2, p34-37
80 №22, p58-60
50 №37, p144
78 №2, p108[18]
89 №49, p48/49
88 №27, p52/53
Sega Mega-CD
Based on
13 reviews

Mega-CD, US
LethalEnforcers MCD US Box Back.jpgLethalEnforcers MCD US Box Front.jpg
LethalEnforcers MCD US Disc.jpg
Lethalenforcers mcd us manual.pdf
Mega-CD, EU
LethalEnforcers MCD EU Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngLethalEnforcers MCD EU Box Front.jpg
Mega-CD, JP
LethalEnforcers1CD MCD JP Box Top.jpg
LethalEnforcers MCD JP Box Back Justifer.jpgLethalEnforcers1CD MCD JP Box Spine.jpgLethalEnforcers MCD JP Box Front Justifer.jpg
LethalEnforcers MCD JP Disc.jpg
LethalEnforcers MCD JP Box Back.jpgLethalEnforcers MCD JP Box Front.jpg
Jewel Case
Mega-CD, JP (Famitsu Ban)

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 51d9a84a
MD5 849d73aedfd102fae1adc762bfbb6dcd
SHA-1 309b41c6d4159f4f07fe9a76aca4fc4ddf45de63
2MB 1993-11 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 ca2bf99d
MD5 b837e85dc4a002a511ca4f2a33f4e1be
SHA-1 b9cc7ff3c6a50b2624358785bcadd1451e23993e
2MB 1993-11 Cartridge (EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 f25f1e49
MD5 63038691ac82a02290404745bce53b13
SHA-1 14245fccf4d7e5d1dd4ad5f426507516e71e3a06
2MB 1993-12 Cartridge (JP)


  1. 1.0 1.1 File:GamePro US 053.pdf, page 69
  2. File:Edge UK 001.pdf, page 23
  3. 3.0 3.1 File:GamePro US 052.pdf, page 78
  4. File:CVG UK 160.pdf, page 89
  5. 5.0 5.1 File:CVG UK 146.pdf, page 72
  8. File:ElectronicGames2 US 15.pdf, page 46
  9. File:MAN!AC DE 1993-11.pdf, page 50
  10. File:GamePlayers US 0612.pdf, page 94
  11. File:ElectronicGames2 US 16.pdf, page 30
  12. File:GamePro US 054.pdf, page 166
  13. File:CVG UK 146.pdf, page 38
  14. File:Mega UK 16.pdf, page 28
  15. File:CVG UK 149.pdf, page 2
  16. File:CVG UK 144.pdf, page 70
  17. File:MeanMachinesSega14UK.pdf, page 94
  18. File:SegaMagazine UK 02.pdf, page 108