The Terminator (Mega-CD)

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The Terminator
Publisher: Virgin Games
System(s): Sega Mega-CD
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega-CD
$52.99[1] T-70015
Sega Mega-CD
£44.99[2] T-70015-50
Sega Mega-CD
?F T-70015-50
Sega Mega-CD
DM ? T-70015-50
Sega Mega-CD
?Ptas T-70015-50

The Terminator for the Sega Mega-CD is a platform shooter based on the film with the same name. Though it shares the same title and basic premise, it is unrelated to the Sega Mega Drive version, sporting more fluid and detailed graphics, new gameplay styles and a CD audio soundtrack. Furthermore it features movie scenes taken from the motion picture (although limited to 16 colors, not employing the technique that allows a higher color count, as seen e.g. in Eternal Champions: Challenge From the Dark Side).


Guns and Grenades are assigned to B and A buttons respectively. C is used for jumping. It's possible to run and shoot at the same time, or stand in a fixed position, depending on which button is pressed first. The main weapon can be upgraded by collection power ups. A life system is in place, with hidden extra lives scattered throughout the game. Small nodes are used as checkpoints. Continues and a password system are absent. The overall length is around 45 to 60 minutes of gameplay, compared to the Sega Mega Drive version that is around 15 minutes of gameplay long. The game also features a number of bosses, although they don't provide a significant higher challenge than standard enemies.


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  • L.A. Night 2
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  • Factory 1
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Production credits

Note: this game divides its credits into two - the "main" developers are listed in the introduction, while assistant staff are listed in the end credits.

Source: In-game introduction credits
  • Developed by Virgin Games
  • Programmed by Salias Warner
  • Script: Erik Yeo, Justin Norr
  • Set Design: Nick Bruty, Kevin Toft
  • Character Design: Doug Cope, Roger Hardy, Clark Sorensen
  • Original Music: Tommy Tallarico
  • Video and Sound: Steve Henifin
  • Original Concept: Dave Perry
  • Producers: Tom Gibson, Barry Pringle

Source: In-game end credits
  • Design Assistance: Justin Norr, Kevin Norr, Mark Yamada
  • Programming Assistance: John Alvaardo, Matt From, Devid Perry
  • Artists: Mike Dietz, Shawn Maclean, Barry J.S. Pringle, Dean Ruggles, Edward Schofield, Bob Steele, Bob Stevenson, Daniel Wong, Willis Wong
  • Quality Assurance: Mike McCaa, Chris McFarland, Jared Brinkley, David Fries, Bijan Shaheer, Harvard Bonin, Nick Camerota, Susan Haight, Erik Harshman, Ken Love, Paul Moore, Chad Soares, Chris Toft, Jon Williams, Noah Tool, Tim Williams
  • Executive Producers: "Doc" Clarke-Willson, Guy Johnson, David Bishop
  • Production: Seth Mandlesohn, Craig Warmsley, Jeff Buccellato, Kevin Norr
  • Produced With: ROM DevBios from Malibu Interactive

Music Mixed in QSound™ by Buzz Borrowes
©1993 Virgin Games USA.

Magazine articles

Main article: The Terminator (Mega-CD)/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

SegaVisions US 14.pdfSegaVisions US 14.pdf

Print advert in
Sega Visions (US) #14: "August/September 1993" (1993-xx-xx)

GamePro US 051.pdfGamePro US 051.pdf

Print advert in
GamePro (US) #51: "October 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:

EGM US 057.pdf

Print advert in
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #57: "April 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • GamePro (US) #57: "April 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[5]
  • Game Players (US) Vol. 7 No. 5 "May 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[6]
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #58: "May 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[7]

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
87 №31, p112/113
83 №47, p64/65[1]
86 №30, p98/99/100
67 №16, p44/45
69 №26
80 №41, p98/99
58 №51, p74/75
Sega Mega-CD
Based on
8 reviews

Mega-CD, US
TheTerminator MCD US Box Back.jpgTheTerminator MCD US Box Front.jpg
TheTerminator MCD US Disc.jpg
Terminator mcd us manual.pdf
Mega-CD, EU
TheTerminator MCD EU Box Back.jpgTheTerminator MCD EU Box Front.jpg


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 File:GamePro US 047.pdf, page 64
  2. File:Mega UK 16.pdf, page 45
  3. File:SegaForceMega UK 07.pdf, page 8
  4. File:SegaVisions US 15.pdf, page 36
  5. File:GamePro US 057.pdf, page 25
  6. File:GamePlayers US 0705.pdf, page 23
  7. File:EGM US 058.pdf, page 209

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)