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Micro Machines
Publisher: Codemasters
Developer:
Distributor: Camerica (US)?
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
Genre: Racing































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$? 15001
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.99[1] T120016-50
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F T120016-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM 99,95[3] T120016-50
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas T120016-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?



Sega Master System
UK
£29.99[4] 19001
Sega Master System
FR
?F 19001
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? 19001
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas 19001



Sega Game Gear
US
$?
Sega Game Gear
UK
£27.99[6][7] 17001
Sega Game Gear
FR
?F 17001
Sega Game Gear
DE
DM ? 17001
Sega Game Gear
ES
?Ptas 17001



Micro Machines is a top-down racing game developed by Codemasters, themed around Galoob's brand of toys of the same name. It was originally released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1991, before being brought to the Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear in 1993. The Master System and Game Gear versions were released exclusively in Europe.

Gameplay

What sets Micro Machines apart from its competition of the day is the size of the vehicles used, so rather than simply racing around a generic track, the player must race around much smaller areas such as table tops. There are a variety of different vehicles that are automatically assigned depending on the track.

History

Legacy

Due to its success, Micro Machines was followed by Micro Machines 2: Turbo Tournament and numerous other sequels.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

  • Programming: Charlie Skilbeck, Neil Hill
  • Graphics: Brian Hartley
  • Music: Matt Simmonds, Lyndon Sharpe
  • From the Nintendo Original By Andrew Graham, Porl and Jon Menzies

Master System and Game Gear versions

  • Ashley Routledge and David Saunders
  • Copyright Codemasters Software Company Ltd 1993

Magazine articles

Main article: Micro Machines/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #81: "April 1996" (1996-xx-xx)[11]
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Mean Machines Sega (UK) #5: "February 1993" (1993-01-28)
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Sega Force Mega (UK) #1: "August 1993" (1993-06-24)
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Mean Machines Sega (UK) #18: "April 1994" (1994-02-28)
also published in:
  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #150: "May 1994" (1994-04-15)[13]
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Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
80
89 №135, p74/75[1]
93 №150, p109/111/113[14]
93 №2, p48/49[15]
87 №35
79
93
73 №57, p136[5]
89 №7, p34/35
92 №5, p32/33/34/35[16]
90 №1, p64
92 №1, p16/17
92 №15, p46/47/48/49
93 №4, p70-72[17]
89 №33, p70/71
95
86
82 №40, p40/41
90 №16, p50/51
90 №18, p66
89 №4, p16/17
90 №14, p88/89[18]
95 №5, p10
86 №12, p29[19]
Sega Mega Drive
89
Based on
24 reviews

Mega Drive, US
Micro Machines MD US Box.jpg
Cover
Micro Machines MD US cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, EU
MicroMachines MD EU cover.jpg
Cover
MicroMachines MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)
Micro Machines MD SE Rent Box.jpg
Cover

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
93 №150, p111-113[20]
79
88 №29, p101[21]
93 №17, p96/97[4]
90 №40, p110[22]
94 №3, p108/109
90 №29, p74/75
93 №3, p38/39[23]
92 №21, p10/11
Sega Master System
90
Based on
9 reviews

Master System, EU
Micro Machines SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
Micro Machines SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
MicroMachinesSMSEUManual5L.pdf
Manual
MicroMachinesSMSEPoster.jpg
Poster
Master System, EU (alt)
MicroMachines SMS EU alt cover.jpg
Cover
MicroMachinesSMSEUManual5L.pdf
Manual
MicroMachinesSMSEPoster.jpg
Poster

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
89 №148, p87[24]
№154, p73[25]
95 №150, p111-113[20]
85
79
94 №13, p94/95[8]
89 №29, p100[26]
90 №40, p104/105[27]
95 №3, p108/109
87 №50, p44
86 №27, p36
90 №5, p36[28]
90 №7, p74[6]
94 №3, p38/39[23]
92 №21, p10/11
Sega Game Gear
90
Based on
14 reviews

Game Gear, US
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Cover
MicroMachines GG US Cart.jpg
Cart
Micro Machines GG US Manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, EU
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Cover
MicroMachines GG EU cart.jpg
Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 7ffbd1ad
MD5 bdd8341f55f01202a48fcddf5bf80ff7
SHA-1 6c822ab42a37657aa2a4e70e44b201f8e8365a98
512kB 1991-03 Cartridge (US/EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 e5cf560d
MD5 096a90957fe6945593ccdc9e34894daa
SHA-1 bbcf8a40e7bfe09225fdc8fc3f22f8b8cc710d06
512kB 1991-03 Cartridge (US/EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 50081a0b
MD5 aee593260dc6d484534b30914bba1768
SHA-1 56a8844c376f2e79e92cf128681fa3fef81c36d6
512kB 1991-03 Cartridge (EU) From Double Hits: Micro Machines / Psycho Pinball cartridge.[29]

References

Micro Machines games for Sega systems
Micro Machines (1993) | Micro Machines 2: Turbo Tournament (1994) | Micro Machines: Turbo Tournament '96 (1995) | Micro Machines: Military (1996) | Micro Machines V3 (unreleased)