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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
$59.99[1][2] 70026
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.99[3] T-70026-50
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F T-70026-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? T-70026-50
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas T-70026-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?



Sega Master System
UK
£32.99[5] 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[7] T-70048
Sega Game Gear
EU (Classic)
€? ?
Sega Game Gear
UK
£25.99[9] 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 awarded 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.

Versions

The Sega Mega Drive version contains unused music tracks and animation quality is inconsistent. 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

Source: In-game credits
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 Adaptation 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.


Source: US manualMedia:TTerminator md us manual.pdf[11]
Developed by Probe Software
Published by Virgin Games, Inc
  • Product Manager: Lyle J. Hall II
  • Quality Assurance by: Tommy Tallarico, Michael D. Gater, Jeff Wagoner, Noah Tool, Ron Friedman, Bert Pelascini
  • Manual Edited by: Lisa Marcinko

Master System version

Source: In-game credits
  • The Terminator was published by: Virgin Games
  • Developed in the UK for Virgin by: Probe Software Limited, England
  • Programmed by: Dominic Wood
  • Artwork 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

Game Gear version

Source: In-game credits
  • The Terminator was Published by: Virgin Games
  • Developed in the UK for Virgin by: Probe Software Ltd, England
  • Programmed by: Dominic Wood
  • Artwork by: Mark Knowles
  • Audio by: Krisalis Software
  • Music by: Matt Furnis
  • Interlude and Credit Sequences by: Brian Rogers
  • Designed for Probe Software by: Neil Young, Dominic Wood, Mark Knowles
  • 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


Source: US manual
Developed by Probe Software Ltd.
  • Sound Effects: Matt Furniss
  • Music Driver: Shaun Hollingsworth
Published by Virgin Games, Inc
  • Producer: Lyle J. Hall II
  • UK Production: Ian Mathias
  • Manual: Lyle J. Hall II
  • Manual Editing: Lisa Marcinko
  • Testing and Quality Assurance: Darren Lloyd, Michael Gater, Noah Tool, Justin Norr, Joey Kuras

Magazine articles

Main article: The Terminator/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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GamePro (US) #29: "December 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Sega Visions (US) #7: "Winter 1991/1992" (1991-xx-xx)[12]
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #30: "January 1992" (199x-xx-xx)[13]
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #32: "March 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[14]
  • GamePro (US) #34: "May 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[15]
  • GamePro (US) #36: "July 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[16]
</div>
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Computer & Video Games (UK) #130: "September 1992" (1992-08-15)
also published in:
  • Mega (UK) #1: "October 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[17]
</div>
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Computer & Video Games (UK) #132: "November 1992" (1992-10-15)
</div>
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Mega Force (FR) #8: "Juillet/Août 1992" (1992-07-07)
</div>
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Mega Force (FR) #8: "Juillet/Août 1992" (1992-07-07)
</div>
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Mega Force (FR) #10: "Octobre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
also published in:
</div>
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Mega Force (ES) #5: "Septiembre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Hobby Consolas (ES) #12: "Septiembre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[20]
</div>
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</div>

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
91 №127, p20-21[21]
81 №11, p54-56[22]
41 №1, p106Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[23]
84 №31, p50-51[24]
87 №1
92 №9, p28-29
90 №12, p40-43[25]
86 №12, p50-51[26]
86 №30, p167[27]
63 №5, p95
71 №12, p89
75 №16, p86-87[28]
60 №6, p46-48[29]
43 №21, p84-86[30]
87 №32, p22-23
92 №8, p32-34[31]
89 №18, p68
42 №2/92, p19[32]
84 №7, p58-59[33]
77 №3, p10
84 №33, p26-27[34]
Sega Mega Drive
76
Based on
21 reviews

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

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
90 №127, p22-23[35]
82 №11, p110-111[36]
82 №1, p160Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[37]
83 №10, p40
80 №12, p44-45[38]
92 №12, p82-83[39]
92 №31, p152
68 №56, p57[40]
82 №21, p88-89[41]
79 №22, p110-111[42]
81 №32, p24
90 №8, p32-34[31]
90 №8, p54-55[43]
90 №2, p19
80 №34, p37[44]
Sega Master System
84
Based on
15 reviews

Master System, EU
Terminator SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
Terminator SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, BR
Terminator SMS BR Box Back.jpgNospine.pngTerminator SMS BR Box.jpg
Cover
Master System, AU

Terminator SMS AU Cart.jpg
Cart

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
81 №131 (Go!), p20-21[9]
74 №1, p171Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[45]
90 №37, p84[7]
84 №1, p92[10]
84 №16, p142[46]
82 №35, p194[47]
82 №3, p120[48]
70 №29, p115[49]
87 №36, p62
92 №13, p64
80 №1, p56-57
87 №11, p76[50]
Sega Game Gear
83
Based on
12 reviews

Game Gear, US
Terminator GG US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngTerminator GG US cover.jpg
Cover
Terminator GG US Cart.jpg
Cart
The Terminator GG US Manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, EU
Terminator GG EU backcover.jpgNospine.pngTerminator GG EU cover.jpg
Cover
Terminator GG EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Game Gear, EU (Classic)
Terminator GG EU Box Top Classic.jpg
Terminator GG EU Box Back Classic.jpgTerminator GG EU Box Spine Classic.jpgTerminator GG EU Box Front Classic.jpgTerminator GG EU Box Spine2 Classic.jpg
Terminator GG EU Box Bottom Classic.jpg
Cover
Terminator GG EU Cart.jpg
Cart

References

  1. File:GamePro US 030.pdf, page 80
  2. 2.0 2.1 File:GamePro US 031.pdf, page 53
  3. 3.0 3.1 File:SegaForce UK 07.pdf, page 61
  4. File:SegaPro UK 08.pdf, page 33
  5. File:SegaForce UK 08.pdf, page 55
  6. File:SegaPro UK 10.pdf, page 7
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 File:GamePro US 037.pdf, page 86
  8. File:GamePro US 036.pdf, page 94
  9. 9.0 9.1 File:Go UK 12.pdf, page 20
  10. 10.0 10.1 File:GamesMaster UK 001.pdf, page 92
  11. File:TTerminator md us manual.pdf, page 11
  12. File:SegaVisions US 07.pdf, page 9
  13. File:EGM US 030.pdf, page 49
  14. File:EGM US 032.pdf, page 5
  15. File:GamePro US 034.pdf, page 101
  16. File:GamePro US 036.pdf, page 111
  17. File:Mega UK 01.pdf, page 2
  18. File:MegaForce FR 11.pdf, page 2
  19. File:MegaForce FR 12.pdf, page 2
  20. File:HobbyConsolas ES 012.pdf, page 107
  21. File:CVG UK 127.pdf, page 20
  22. File:ConsolesPlus FR 011.pdf, page 54
  23. File:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf, page 106
  24. File:GamePro US 031.pdf, page 52
  25. File:HobbyConsolas ES 012.pdf, page 40
  26. File:Joypad FR 012.pdf, page 50
  27. File:Joystick FR 030.pdf, page 167
  28. File:Mega UK 16.pdf, page 86
  29. File:MegaTech UK 06.pdf, page 46
  30. File:MeanMachines UK 21.pdf, page 84
  31. 31.0 31.1 File:SegaPro UK 08.pdf, page 32
  32. File:SegaForce SE 1992 02.pdf, page 19
  33. File:SegaForce UK 07.pdf, page 60
  34. File:Zero UK 33.pdf, page 26
  35. File:CVG UK 127.pdf, page 22
  36. File:ConsolesPlus FR 011.pdf, page 110
  37. File:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf, page 160
  38. File:HobbyConsolas ES 012.pdf, page 44
  39. File:Joypad FR 012.pdf, page 82
  40. File:Micromania ES 056.pdf, page 57
  41. File:MeanMachines UK 21.pdf, page 88
  42. File:PlayerOne FR 022.pdf, page 106
  43. File:SegaForce UK 08.pdf, page 54
  44. File:Zero UK 34.pdf, page 37
  45. File:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf, page 171
  46. File:Joypad FR 016.pdf, page 142
  47. File:Joystick FR 035.pdf, page 194
  48. File:MeanMachinesSega03UK.pdf, page 120
  49. File:PlayerOne FR 029.pdf, page 107
  50. File:SegaForce UK 11.pdf, page 76


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