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Publisher: Sega, Game Arts (JP)
System(s): Sega Mega-CD
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega-CD
¥8,800 T-45054
Sega Mega-CD
$49.99[1] 4423
Sega Mega-CD
£49.99[2][3] 4423
Sega Mega-CD
?F 4423
Sega Mega-CD
DM 99,95[4] 4423
Sega Mega-CD
?Ptas 4423
Sega Mega-CD
R$? 063210

Silpheed (シルフィード) is a vertical scrolling shoot-'em-up released for the Sega Mega-CD in 1993. It is a remake of an older shooter with the same name released for several home computers of the late 1980s, sporting more colours, different levels, enhanced music and updated graphics.

It is notable for its use of 3D graphics - though the gameplay is strictly two-dimensional, the scenery is rendered using polygons in a similar manner to Star Fox or Virtua Racing. Silpheed is slightly less impressive than those two games however, as most of the action takes place in space, which typically lacks scenery.

Streaming technology is used heavily in this game. Read errors can occur on systems that run other games flawlessly

Magazine articles

Main article: Silpheed/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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

Production credits

  • Director: Takeshi Miyaji;
  • Executive Producer: Youichi Miyaji, Mitsuhiro Mazda, Toshiyuki Uchida;
  • Main Programmer: Kenichi Hamada;
  • Polygon Character: Takahiro Okano;
  • Background CG Producer: Takeshi Miyaji, Takahiro Okano, Hidenobu Takahashi, Kenichi Hamada, Akio Matsuda;
  • Graphics: Hidenobu Takahashi, Masahiko Koyama;
  • Demoproduce\Visual Director: IKUSABUNE, Toshio Akashi;
  • Design\3D Modeling\Visual Director: Wataru Yanagawa;
  • Silpheed Mechanical Design: Kouichiro Yonemura;
  • Mapping Data Producer: Kazuyuki Ohhata;
  • Technical Adviser: Masakuni Mitshuhashi;
  • Music Compose\Sound Effects: Ari Kamijo, Kenichi Kunishima, Tomoyuki Shimada, Kazuya Takahashi, Akio Matsuda;
  • Music: Mecano Associates, Fumihito Kasatani, Mariko Satou, Youko Sonoda, Mamoru Ishimoda, Takahiro Nishi;
  • Recording: Two Five, Isao Mizoguchi, Noriyuki Iwadare;
  • Art Work: Mariko Uemura;
  • Manual Editor: Masayuki Shimada;
  • Package Art: Jun Suemi;
  • Marketing: Toshiyuki Uchida, Masayuki Shimada, Akira Kashiwagi;
  • Sales: Rika Honma, Yumi Sugaya;
  • Special Thanks: NASA, Astronomical Society Of Japan

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
93 №24, p128/129/130
85 №143, p44-46[5]
88 №151, p109/111[6]
70 №1, p84[7]
75 №51, p42
78 №53, p104/105[1]
75 №10, p78/79
96 №23, p82/83/84
80 №1, p36[8]
89 №13, p28/29
89 №6, p40/41
50 №2, p48/49/50/51
94 №21, p58/59/60/61
90 №12, p48-51[9]
93 №37, p102/103/104
85 №1, p102/103[2]
83 №47, p54/55
69 №24, p46/47
73 №5, p38-40[10]
85 №15, p11
Sega Mega-CD
Based on
23 reviews

Mega-CD, US
Silpheed MCD US Box Back.jpgSilpheed MCD US Box Front.jpg
Silpheed MCD US Disc.jpg
Silpheed mcd us manual.pdf
Mega-CD, EU
Silpheed MCD EU Box Back.jpgSilpheed MCD EU Box Front.jpg
Silpheed MCD EU spinecard.jpg
Silpheed MCD EU Disc.jpg
Mega-CD, JP
Silpheed MCD JP Box Back.jpgSilpheed MCD JP Box Front.jpg
Silpheed MCD JP Spinecard.jpg
Silpheed MCD JP Disc.jpg
Mega-CD, BR
Silpheed MCD BR Box Back.jpgNospine.pngSilpheed MCD BR Box Front.jpg


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 File:GamePro US 053.pdf, page 105
  2. 2.0 2.1 File:SegaMagazine UK 01.pdf, page 102
  3. File:CVG UK 161.pdf, page 21
  4. 4.0 4.1 File:SegaMagazine DE 01.pdf, page 21
  5. File:CVG UK 143.pdf, page 44
  6. File:CVG UK 151.pdf, page 109
  7. File:Edge UK 001.pdf, page 84
  8. File:MAN!AC DE 1993-11.pdf, page 36
  9. File:MeanMachinesSega12UK.pdf, page 51
  10. File:SegaForceMega UK 05.pdf, page 38