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The Terminator
Publisher: Virgin Games
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
Genre: Action































Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
1992-02[1] $59.99[2][1] 70026
Sega Mega Drive
EU
1992-07 £? T-70026-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
199x $?  ?


Sega Master System
UK
£? MK-27025-50
Sega Master System
FR
?F MK-27025-50
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? MK-27025-50
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas MK-27025-50
Sega Master System
AU
$? ?
Sega Master System
BR
R$? 027320



Sega Game Gear
US
$39.99[4] T-70048
Sega Game Gear
EU (Classic)
€? ?
Sega Game Gear
UK
£25.99[6] T-70048-50
Sega Game Gear
FR
?F T-70048-50
Sega Game Gear
DE
DM ? T-70048-50
Sega Game Gear
ES
?Ptas T-70048-50



The Terminator is a game that was released in 1992 by Virgin Interactive and Probe Entertainment Limited for the Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear video game systems. It is based on the 1984 film of the same name.

The game focuses on a soldier named Kyle Reese who was sent back in time from the future to protect a woman named Sarah Connor. A cyborg from the future is also sent back in time to assassinate Sarah Connor. While the games have the same themes and identical amount of stages, the Mega Drive version differs from the Game Gear and Master System versions in terms of stage design, enemy layout etc. Generally speaking, the 8-bit versions put a bigger focus on platforming.

Gameplay

The game is a side scrolling shooter with objectives that vary level to level. Level 1 sets Kyle in the future in search of a time machine. Level 2 has Kyle searching for Sarah in present time while Level 3 has him reuniting with her after a brief separation. The final level features a deadly confrontation with the Terminators endoskeleton. The first level features three weapons while the levels after that have only one. Players have a 5 health points which deplete with each hit from enemies taken. This is replaced by a percentage bar in the Game Gear and Master System versions.

In the Sega Mega Drive version there are also selectable difficulty levels which affect gameplay. The difficulty level affects item placement in stage 1 (easy gives you the rifle earlier) and the drop rate of health items. On higher difficulty levels, drop rates are so low that luck plays a big part in clearing the game, as the game is designed in a way that taking damage is unavoidable.

B throws bombs or fires the rifle. C jumps. If you collect plantable bombs, A plants one. (replaced by an automatically planeted on in the Game Gear and Master System versions). In the 8-bit versions, Kyle can die by falling from high places. Health is restored by collecting randomly dropped bottles in the 16-bit version, while there is no way to restore health in the 8-bit versions aside from clearing a stage. The game has no lives and no continue system.

Score is awared for defeating enemies. However, in all versions, enemies spawn infinitely, making the score counter pointless.

Levels

TTerminator1 MD.png Los Angeles, 2029 AD
Players have three weapons at their disposal in this level: Timed Explosives, Grenades, and a Machine Gun. Enemies include Armored Tanks, Hunter Killers, and Terminators. The objective is to destroy a reactor and head into the Time Machine before an explosion ensues.
TTerminator2 MD.png Los Angeles, 1984
This level takes place on the streets of Los Angeles. Enemies include police officers, helicopters, firebomb hurlers, and the Terminator. The level ends in the Tech Noir disco.
TTerminator3 MD.png West Palm Police Station
This level takes place in the police station as Reese tries to escape from captivity. The enemy list is the same as the previous level. The level ends after Kyle reaches Sarah Connor.
TTerminator4 MD.png The Final Confrontation
This level takes place in Cyberdyne's factory. Kyle must confront the Terminator's endoskeleton form. The level ends when Kyle leads the Terminator into a machine press.

Trivia

  • The Sega Mega Drive version contains unused music tracks and animation quality is inconsitent. This hints that the game was rushed out in an unfinished state. The fact that a Sega Mega-CD version exists that is much richer in content and reuses certain sounds, fonts etc. as well as crediting "Dave Perry" behind the original concept (Dave aka David Perry was the programmer of the Mega Drive version) further fortifies that.
  • The game doesn't perform a region check and thus runs on every region hardware.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

"The Terminator" was published by Virgin Games, Inc
Developed in the UK for Virgin by Probe Software Limited, England

  • Programmed by David Perry
  • Artwork by Nick Bruty
  • Additional Artwork by Hugh Riley
  • Interludes Artwork by Saul Marchese
  • Sprite Animation by Tony Shorten
  • Screenplay Adaption by Neil Young
  • Music by Matt Furniss
  • Music Driver by Shaun Hollingworth
  • Quality Assurance by Fergus Mc Govern
  • Produced for Probe Software by Neil Young
For Virgin Games...
  • Executive Producer: Dr. Stephen H. Clarke-Willson
  • Produced for Virgin Games by Lyle J. Hall II
  • Quality Assurance by Lyle J. Hall II, Andy Green, Ian Mathias
  • Manual by Cathie A. Bartz

"The Terminator" is a James Cameron Film
"The Terminator" (C) 1984 Cinema '84
A Greenberg Brothers Partnership.
All Rights Reserved

  • Licensed by Hemdale Film Corporation
  • Sublicensed by Bethesda Softworks

"The Terminator" TM Designates a trademark of Cinema '84 - A Greenberg Brothers Partnership.

Master System version

"The Terminator" was published by Virgin Games
Developed in the UK for Virgin by Probe Software Limited, England

  • Programmed by Mark Knowles
  • Audio by Krisalis Software
  • Music by Matt Furniss
  • Interlude and Credit Sequences: Brian Rogers
  • Designed for Probe Software by Neil Young, Dominic Wood, Mark Knowles
  • Product Quality Assurance by Andy Green, Ian Mathias, Darren Lloyd
  • Produced for Virgin Games by Ian Mathias
  • Produced for Probe Software by Neil Young

"The Terminator" (C) 1984 Cinema '84
Greenberg Brothers Partnership
All Rights Reserved

  • Licensed by Hemdale Film Corporation
  • Sublicensed by Bethesda Softworks

"The Terminator" TM Designates a trademark of Cinema '84 Greenberg Brothers Partnership

Magazine articles

Main article: The Terminator/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

GamePro US 029.pdf

Mega Drive print advert in














GamePro (US) #29: "December 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
also published in:













  • Sega Visions (US) #7: "Winter 1991/1992" (1991-xx-xx)[8]













  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #30: "January 1992" (199x-xx-xx)[9]













  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #32: "March 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[10]













  • GamePro (US) #34: "May 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[11]













  • GamePro (US) #36: "July 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[12]

CVG UK 130.pdfCVG UK 130.pdf

Mega Drive/Master System print advert in














Computer & Video Games (UK) #130: "September 1992" (1992-08-15)
also published in:













  • Mega (UK) #1: "October 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[13]

CVG UK 132.pdfCVG UK 132.pdf

Mega Drive/Master System print advert in














Computer & Video Games (UK) #132: "November 1992" (1992-10-15)

MegaForce FR 08.pdfMegaForce FR 08.pdf

Print advert in














Mega Force (FR) #8: "Juillet/Août 1992" (1992-xx-xx)

MegaForce FR 08.pdf

Print advert in














Mega Force (FR) #8: "Juillet/Août 1992" (1992-xx-xx)

MegaForce FR 10.pdfMegaForce FR 10.pdf

Print advert in














Mega Force (FR) #10: "Octobre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
also published in:

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
91 №127, p20/21[16]
81 №11, p54-56[17]
84 №31, p50/51[18]
87 №1
92 №9, p28/29
90
86 №12, p50/51
86 №30, p167[19]
63 №5, p95
71 №12, p89
75 №16, p86/87
60 №6, p46-48
43 №21, p84-86[20]
87 №32, p22/23
92 №8, p32-34[21]
89 №18, p68
42 №2/92, p19[22]
84 №7, p58/59[23]
84 №33, p26/27[24]
Sega Mega Drive
78
Based on
19 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
TTerminator md us manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
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Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
90 №127, p22/23[25]
82 №11, p110/111[26]
83 №10, p40
80
92 №12, p82/83
92 №31, p152
68 №2/56
82 №21, p88/89[27]
79 №22, p110/111[28]
81 №32, p24
90 №8, p32-34[21]
90 №8, p54/55[29]
80 №34, p37[30]
Sega Master System
84
Based on
13 reviews

Master System, EU
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Master System, BR
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Master System, AU

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Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
81 №131 (Go!), p20/21[6]
90 №37, p84[4]
84 №1, p92[7]
84 №16, p142
82 №35, p194[31]
82 №3, p120[32]
70 №29, p115[33]
87 №36, p62
92 №13, p64
80 №1, p56/57
87 №11, p76[34]
Sega Game Gear
84
Based on
11 reviews

Game Gear, US
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Cover
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The Terminator GG US Manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, EU
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Cover
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Cart
Game Gear, EU (Classic)
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Cover
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Cart

References


RoboCop and Terminator franchise games for Sega systems
Sega Mega Drive
The Terminator (1992) | T2: The Arcade Game (1992) | RoboCop 3 (1993) | Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1993) | RoboCop Versus The Terminator (1993)
Sega Master System
The Terminator (1992) | T2: The Arcade Game (1993) | RoboCop 3 (1993) | Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1993) | RoboCop Versus The Terminator (1994)
Sega Game Gear
The Terminator (1992) | T2: The Arcade Game (1993) | RoboCop 3 (1993) | Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1993) | RoboCop Versus The Terminator (1994)
Sega Mega-CD
The Terminator (1994)