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Revolution X
Publisher: Acclaim Entertainment
Publisher(s) of original games: Midway
Developer(s) of original games: Midway
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Saturn
Original system(s): Arcade Boards
Sound driver:
Sega Saturn
SCSP/CD-DA (22 tracks)
Peripherals supported:
Sega Saturn
Shuttle Mouse
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
$69.95[1] T-81566
Sega Mega Drive
£? T-81566-50
Sega Mega Drive
?F T-81566-50
Sega Mega Drive
DM ? T-81566-50
Sega Mega Drive
?Ptas T-81566-50

Sega Saturn
¥5,800 T-8106G
Sega Saturn
$? T-8107H
Sega Saturn
£44.99[3] T-8107H-50
Sega Saturn
?F T-8107H-50
Sega Saturn
DM ? T-8107H-50
Sega Saturn
?Ptas T-8107H-50

Revolution X (レボリューションX) is a light-gun arcade game developed by Midway featuring the rock band Aerosmith. It was brought among other consoles to the Sega Mega Drive and Sega Saturn in 1994 and 1996, respectively, with the Mega Drive version not released in Japan. A Sega 32X version was planned, but cancelled.

Revolution X has Aerosmith in a dystopian version of 1996, fighting against the government who have declared war on youth culture. It was very poorly received, mostly because despite it being a light gun game, no light guns were supported in the home ports. All home ports also have some level of censorship - the Mega Drive and Saturn versions tone down the amount of blood, while the Mega Drive version also tweaks the exotic dancers.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

Midway Development Team
  • Directed and Produced by: George N. Petro, Jack E. Haeger
  • Design and Software: George N. Petro, Bill Dabelstein, Warren Davis, Jake Simpson, Mike Lynch
  • Design and Graphics: Jack Haeger, Steve Beran, Martin Martinez, John Vogel, John Newcomer, Eric Kinkead
  • Music and Sounds: Chris Granner
  • Guitar Solos: Vincent Pontarelli
  • Executive Producers: Neil Nicastro, Ken Fedesna
Aerosmith Music
  • From the album "Permanent Vacation"
℗© 1987 The David Geffen Company
    • Rag Doll (Tyler, Perry, Vallance, Knight)
© 1987 Aero Dynamics Music Publishing, Inc./EMI April Music Inc./Testatyme Music/Almo Music Corp./The Makiki Publishing Co. Ltd./Knighty Knight Music admin. by Arista Music, Inc. ASCAP
    • Dude (Looks Like A Lady) (Tyler, Perry, Child)
© 1987 Aero Dynamics Music Publishing, Inc./EMI April Music Inc./Desmobile Music Co., Inc. ASCAP
  • From the album "Pump"
℗© 1989 The David Geffen Company
    • Love in an Elevator (Tyler, Perry)
© 1989 Swag Song Music, Inc./EMI April Music Inc. ASCAP
    • From the album "Get A Grip"
℗© 1993 Geffen Records, Inc.
    • Eat The Rich (Tyler, Perry, Vallance)
© 1989 Swag Song Music, Inc./EMI April Music Inc./Testatyme Music/Almo Music Corp. ASCAP
    • Fever (Tyler, Perry)
© 1989 Swag Song Music, Inc./EMI April Music Inc. ASCAP
  • Aerosmith Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer
  • Management by Collins Management, Inc. Tim Collins, Wendy Laister
  • Project Coordination: Rob Falk
Acclaim Red Team
  • Producer: Billy Pidgeon
  • Associate Producer: Jay Luss
  • Production Assistants: Martin De Riso, Eric Weiner
Acclaim Quality Assurance
  • Senior Manager: Michael Weiner
  • Supervisors: Adam Ingberman, Esq., Carol Caracciolo
  • Lead Analyst: Steve Bremer
  • Game Analyst: Jeff Rosa
  • Technical Support Supervisor: Harry Reimer
  • Technical Support: John F. Gonzales
  • QA Testers: Polam Wong, Andre Abramowitz, Robert Asche, Mike Patterson, Michael Simmons
  • Special Thanks To: Kelly Coleman, Alex DeLucia, James Herzner, Eric Kuby, Jason Schreiber, Eric Samulski
Genesis Version
  • Rage Software Management: Paul Finnegan, Keith Robinson
  • Producer: Peter Johnson
  • Lead Programmer: Mick Hedley
  • Artwork: Phil Nixon, John Boundy
  • Additional Programming: Dave Mann
  • Music and Sound: Steve Lord
  • Additional Sound: Gordon Hall
  • Special Thanks: Nicola Stevens

Magazine articles

Main article: Revolution X/Magazine articles.

Promotional material


TipsandTricks US 011.pdf

Print advert in
Tips & Tricks (US) #11: "January 1996" (199x-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • GamePro (US) #79: "February 1996" (199x-xx-xx)[5]

SSM JP 19960223 1996-03.pdf

Print advert in
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #17: "1996-03 (1996-02-23)" (1996-02-09)

SSM JP 19960308 1996-04.pdf

Print advert in
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #18: "1996-04 (1996-03-08)" (1996-02-23)

SSM JP 19960426 1996-07.pdf

Print advert in
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #21: "1996-07 (1996-04-26)" (1996-04-12)

Hyper AU 025.pdf

Print advert in
Hyper (AU) #25: "December 1995" (1995-xx-xx)

Hyper AU 030.pdf

Print advert in
Hyper (AU) #30: "April 1996" (1996-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Mega Drive, US
RevolutionX MD US Box.jpg
Revolutionx md us cart.jpg
Mega Drive, EU
RevolutionX MD EU Box.jpg
RevolutionX MD EU Cart.jpg

Saturn version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
45 №385, p33
16 №1996/06, p74[6]
38 №44, p86/87[7]
34 №46, p75[3]
44 №7, p78/79[8]
43 №1996-06, p233[9]
41 №, p15Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[10]
Sega Saturn
Based on
7 reviews

Saturn, US
RevolutionX Saturn US Box Back.jpgRevolutionX Saturn US Box Front.jpg
RevolutionX Saturn US Disc.jpg
Revolutionx sat us manual.pdf
Saturn, EU
RevolutionX Saturn EU Box.jpg
Saturn, JP
RevolutionX Saturn JP Box Back.jpgRevolutionX Saturn JP Box Front.jpg
RevolutionX Saturn JP Disc.jpg
RevolutionX SS jp manual.pdf


  1. File:GamePro US 079.pdf, page 72
  2. 2.0 2.1 File:GamePro US 078.pdf, page 57
  3. 3.0 3.1 File:MeanMachinesSega46UK.pdf, page 75
  4. File:CVG UK 174.pdf, page 64
  5. File:GamePro US 079.pdf, page 61
  6. File:MegaFun DE 1996-06.pdf, page 74
  7. File:MeanMachinesSega44UK.pdf, page 86
  8. File:SSM_UK_07.pdf, page 78
  9. File:SSM_JP_19960412_1996-06.pdf, page 235
  10. File:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf, page 17