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Road Avenger

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Not to be confused with Tengen's Mega Drive game RoadBlasters.

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Road Avenger
Publisher:
Sega Mega-CD
Renovation (US), Sega (EU), Wolf Team (JP)
Mega LD
Pioneer
Developer:
Publisher(s) of original games: Data East
Developer(s) of original games: Data East, Toei Animation
System(s): Sega Mega-CD
Original system(s): Arcade Boards
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega-CD
JP
¥7,800 T-32124
Sega Mega-CD
US
$49.99[1] T-6207
Sega Mega-CD
UK
£44.99[3] 4603
Sega Mega-CD
FR
?F 4603
Sega Mega-CD
DE
DM ? 4603
Sega Mega-CD
ES
?Ptas 4603
Sega Mega-CD
BR
R$? 062080



Mega LD
JP
1995-01-25 ¥9,800 PEASJ1033
Mega LD
US
1995 $119.95 PEASU1033


Road Blaster (ロードブラスター) is an arcade game developed by Data East and Toei Animation and released in 1985. Wolf Team ported the game to the Sega Mega-CD in 1992, calling it Road Blaster FX (ロードブラスターFX) in Japan, but renaming it Road Avenger for export markets (possibly to differentiate itself from RoadBlasters).

It was brought to the LaserActive and released under the Sega Mega LD format, this time being named Road Prosecutor in North America (now an exceptionally rare game to find).

Gameplay

Road Blaster sees the player "drive" through x levels, represented by full motion video, and needs to either turn left, turn right, break or speed up when prompted. Failing to do so leads to death, making it a game solely about reaction times.

In its original form, Road Blaster employed an analogue stick, and so could judge the speed of the user's turn. In the home versions, this feature is removed due to the digital nature of D-Pads.

History

Legacy

Original game runs on LaserDisc hardware, being a full motion video game reliant on quick-time events. At the time, no home systems could run Road Blaster without help. Sharp X1 and MSX ports of the game arrived in Japan in 1986, but required an external VHD player to function. In the advent of CD-ROM-based consoles and computers in the early 1990s, Road Blaster was able to be brought to the mass market.

Road Blaster was later bundled with Cobra Command in the Sega Saturn game Thunder Storm & Road Blaster. The game has not been seen officially since, with the exception of an iOS port by gmode, the company who bought Data East's intellectual property following its bankruptcy.

Versions

Mega-CD version

The music and sound effects were completely redone for the Mega-CD version. Both the English and Japanese version of the exclusive theme song were composed and performed by japanese band Jaywalk.

Magazine articles

Main article: Road Avenger/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

EGM US 044.pdf

PDF
Print advert in














Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #44: "March 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:













  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #45: "April 1993" (1993-xx-xx)[5]













  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #52: "November 1993" (1993-xx-xx)[6]

Physical scans

Mega-CD version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
47 №17, p74/75[7]
64 №138, p52/53[8]
71 №140, p109[3]
80 №195, p60
86 №9, p84
73 №44, p28/126[9]
80 №210
99 №3, p11/26/27
97
95
92
98 №45, p52/53[10]
81 №23, p79[11]
70 №7, p50/51/52/53
86 №5, p40/41[12]
84 The Essential Sega Guide
80 №34, p57[13]
62 №44, p32
81 №17, p30/31/32
81 №18, p74
80 №7, p52/53
81 №15, p66-68[14]
75 №1, p10/11
Sega Mega-CD
80
Based on
23 reviews

Mega-CD, US
RoadAvenger MCD US Box Back.jpgRoadAvenger MCD US Box Front.jpg
Cover
RoadAvenger MCD US Disc.jpg
Disc
Roadavenger mcd us manual.pdf
Manual
Mega-CD, EU
RoadAvenger MCD EU Box Back.jpgRoadAvenger MCD EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
Mega-CD, JP
RoadBlasterFX MCD JP Box Back.jpgRoadBlasterFX MCD JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
ROADBLASTERFX MCD JP Spinecard.JPG
Spinecard
ROADBLASTERFX MCD JP Disc.jpg
Disc
Mega-CD, BR
RoadAvenger MCD BR back.jpgNospine.pngRoadAvenger MCD BR front.jpg
Cover
RoadAvenger MCD BR Box Front.jpg
Jewel Case

Mega LD version

Mega LD, JP
Road Blaster MegaLD JP Top.jpg
Road Blaster MegaLD JP Back.jpgRoad Blaster MegaLD JP Spine.jpgRoadBlaster MLD JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
Road Blaster MegaLD JP Manual.jpg
Manual
Road Blaster MegaLD JP RegCard.PDF
Reg Card
Road Blaster MegaLD JP Front+Obi.jpg
Front+Obi
Road Blaster MegaLD JP Back+Obi.jpg
Back+Obi
Road Blaster MegaLD JP Obi.jpg
Obi
Road Blaster MegaLD JP Disc SideA.png
Disc (Side A)
Road Blaster MegaLD JP Disc SideB.png
Disc (Side B)
Mega LD, JP (Sample)
Road Blaster (Sample) MegaLD JP Front.jpg
Cover
Mega LD, JP (Unknown demo/test/beta disc)
Road Prosecutor MegaLD JP Front fix.jpg
Cover
Road Prosecutor MegaLD JP Disc SideA.JPG
Disc (Side A)
Road Prosecutor MegaLD JP Disc SideB.png
Disc (Side B)
Mega LD, US
Road Prosecutor MegaLD US Top.jpg
Road Prosecutor MegaLD US Back.jpgRoad Prosecutor MegaLD US Spine.jpgRoad Prosecutor MegaLD US Front.jpg
Cover
Road Prosecutor MegaLD US Manual.jpg
Manual
Road Prosecutor MegaLD US Front+Obi.jpg
Front+Obi
Road Prosecutor MegaLD US Obi.jpg
Obi
Road Prosecutor MegaLD US Disc SideA.png
Disc (Side A)
Road Prosecutor MegaLD US Disc SideB.png
Disc (Side B)

References

  1. File:GamePro US 045.pdf, page 57
  2. File:SegaVisions US 11.pdf, page 100
  3. 3.0 3.1 File:CVG UK 140.pdf, page 109
  4. File:SelectRound FR 01.pdf, page 2
  5. File:EGM US 045.pdf, page 149
  6. File:EGM US 052.pdf, page 215
  7. File:ConsolesPlus FR 017.pdf, page 74
  8. File:CVG UK 138.pdf, page 52
  9. File:EGM US 044.pdf, page 28
  10. File:GamePro US 045.pdf, page 56
  11. File:Joypad FR 023.pdf, page 79
  12. File:Mega UK 05.pdf, page 40
  13. File:PlayerOne FR 034.pdf, page 57
  14. File:SegaForce UK 15.pdf, page 66