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The Legend of Galahad

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The Legend of Galahad
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Genre: Action































Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$49.95[1] 711401
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.99[3] E064SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F E064SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? E064SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas E064SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? ?



The Legend of Galahad, called just Galahad on the US box, is the name of the Sega Mega Drive port of Psygnosis/Traveller's Tales's 1991 Amiga game Leander. The Mega Drive version was released in 1992 by Electronic Arts exclusively in the US and Europe.

The story is simple an follows the "defeat the bad guy and rescue the girl" formula. The games visuals are very anime inspired, which can be considered special, as anime was largely unknown in the West at the time the game was developed. Just like Shadow of the Beast 2, the game wasn't optimized for the Sega Mega Drive's higher resolution, resulting in a black bar at the bottom of the picture.

Gameplay

The game is an action platformer. A attacks and B jumps. Each level has a predefined mission to complete which is explained to you before starting the level. It's always the same objective though: collect a hidden item, then find the exit gate. There are a total of 3 worlds with 7 levels each. In order to progress beyond world 1, the game must be played at least on normal difficulty.

New swords, armor and rune bombs can be purchased by visiting shops that are hidden throughout the various levels.

Version differences

Compared to the Amiga original the game has multiple parallax scrolling background planes, which replace the Amiga "copper mode" gradients. Colors where changed a bit here an there. The hero got a new design. The original ending contained a hint at a sequel (which was never made), this is also missing in this version.

Like basically with all Electronic Arts published games, there is no region protection, thus the game runs on every region hardware.

Magazine articles

Main article: The Legend of Galahad/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
79 №13, p76/77/78
75 №42, p58[1]
90 №13
80 №31, p147
90 №3, p42/43/44
55 №2, p65[4]
87 №1, p65
83 №9, p38/39/40
86 №24, p74-76[5]
80 №25, p100/101
89 №36, p46/47
74 №14, p58
64 №18, p66
81 №1, p28/29/30
81 №12, p38/39[6]
Sega Mega Drive
80
Based on
15 reviews

Mega Drive, US
LoG MD US Box.jpg
Cover
Galahad MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Galahad MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
LoG MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
Galahad MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, BR
Galahad MD BR Box.jpg
Cover
LoG MD BR Cart.jpg
Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 679557bc
MD5 536e5a1ffb50d33632a9978b35db5df6
SHA-1 3368af01da1f3f9e0ea7c80783170aeb08f5c24d
1MB 1992-07 Cartridge (US/EU)

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 File:GamePro US 042.pdf, page 62
  2. File:SegaPro UK 10.pdf, page 24
  3. 3.0 3.1 File:MDAG UK 03.pdf, page 43
  4. File:Mega UK 02.pdf, page 65
  5. File:MeanMachines UK 24.pdf, page 74
  6. File:SegaForce UK 12.pdf, page 38