Tomcat Alley

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Tomcat Alley
Publisher: Sega
System(s): Sega Mega-CD, PC
Genre: Shooting

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega-CD
¥7,800 G-6039
Sega Mega-CD
$59.99[1] 4429
Sega Mega-CD
£49.99[3] 4429
Sega Mega-CD
?F 4429-09
Sega Mega-CD
DM ? 4429-18
Sega Mega-CD
?Ptas 4429-06
Sega Mega-CD
R$? 063290

Windows PC
$39.95[4] ?
Windows PC
£29.99[5] MK-85014-50
Windows PC
?F MK-85014-50
Windows PC
DM ? MK-85014-50
Windows PC
?Ptas MK-85014-50

Tomcat Alley (トムキャットアレイ) is a flight simulator-esque game for the Sega Mega-CD. It is heavily reliant on full motion video, with gameplay being little else but lining up cursors on targets within a short period of time. It was later brought in an updated form to Windows-based PCs.

Curiously Tomcat Alley recycles the photography from the Japanese version of After Burner III for its cover art.


While Tomcat Alley predominantly features the F-14 Tomcat, the player has no direct control over any aircraft in the game, just a target reticle. The objective is usually to lock on and fire at enemy targets within a certain time limit - failing to do so eventually leads to a game over. Aside from the HUD, all visuals are made up of full motion video, including the sequences shown when a weapon is fired.



A Sega Saturn version was once scheduled for 1995, but cancelled for unknown reasons. It is not thought this version got very far - it was announced shortly before the Saturn's release, and disappeared from the schedules shortly afterwards.

Production credits

Mega-CD version

Source: In-game introduction credits
  • Cast: Gregory Balaban, Jolie Jackunas, Mark Carlton, David L. Crowley, Diana Lee Hsu, Miguel Marcott
  • Game Design by: Sam Nicholson, John Zuur Platten, Elliot Simon Gay, Chris W. Bankston
  • Original Score & Sound Design by: Mars Lasar
  • Director of Photography: Sam Nicholson
  • Executive Producer: Chris W. Bankston
  • Engineering by: Elliot Simon Gay
  • Written by: John Zuur Platten
  • Producers: Sam Nicholson, John Zuur Platten
  • Directed by: Sam Nicholson

Source: In-game production credits
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Dan Schmit
  • Special Effects Supervisor: David Kuklish
  • Aerial Photography by: Clay Lacy
  • Production Coordinators: Tony Cabalu, Janette Shew
  • Production Auditor: Dorothy Duder
  • Casting by: Patrick Rush
  • Programmed by: The Code Monkeys
  • Programming: Elliot Simon Gay
  • Additional Programming: Colin Hogg, Mark Richard Kirkby
  • Graphics: Joe Lewis
  • Special Musical Appearance by: Herbie Hancock
  • Production Designer: Tom Buderwitz
  • Mechanical Effects: Michael Haase, Michael Huitron, Eric Heisler, Rocky Gonzales, John Miles, Russ Zinter
  • Conceptual Artists: Jim Chrisoulis, Robert Miller
  • Set Decorator: Billy Mitchell
  • Set Dresser: Richard Mendenhall
  • Property Master: Bill King
  • Gaffer: John Kennedy
  • Motion Control Photography: Casey Wilson
  • Camera Assistants: Joseph Clauss, Andrew Turman, Scott Smith
  • Key Grip: Jerry Vaughn
  • Grips: Michael Graef, Brad Sharbit
  • Set Construction: Ronald Record, Joshua Record
  • Script Supervisor: Christina Gunderson
  • Key Costumer: Brenna Charlesbois
  • Assistant Costumers: Molly Mitchell, Kimberly Guenther
  • Make-up Artist/Hair Stylist: Danny Mark
  • Sound Mixer: Glen Berovitz
  • Boom Operator: Brad Bryan
  • Guitars by: Emery Kyneur
  • On-Line Editor: Tony Shepherd
  • Off-Line Editor: Tim Batt
  • Digital Production/Macintosh Consultant: Randy Fugaté
  • Additional Voices: Tony Cabalu, Cyrena Vladish
  • Production Assistants: Larry Gobel, Ross Vinstein, Tina Hill, Cyrena Vladish, Susan Townsend
  • Writer's Assistant: Melinda Bell
  • Miniatures: Larry Detweiler, Ziggy Carr, Larry Addison, Joe Commando, Dana Teisch, Paul Ozzimo, Justin Kraus, Brian Ranger, Sean Frazier, Erica Loomis, Rebecca Cambruzzi, Dina Duhl, Booka Bickar, Evan Jacobs, Ted Smith
  • Painters: Rachel Kelley, Laurah Grijalva, Babette Brunelle, Paulette Fox
  • Pyrotechnics: Pete Slegle, Paul Staples
  • Computer Graphics: Rob Menapace
  • Computer Consultant: Todd Mahon
  • Computer Generated Planes by: Homer & Associates, Peter Conn, Seth Greenberg
  • "Tomcat" Stock Footage Courstesy of: Grumman Aircraft
  • "Blackhawk" Stock Footage Courtesy of: Sikorsky Aircraft
  • Aircraft Interiors Furnished by: Ernie Sheldon
  • Camera Consultant: Leon Bijou
  • Cameras Furnished by: Arriflex Corporation, Volker Bahnemann, Bill Russell
  • F-14 and MiG Model Kits Furnished by: Revell
  • Special Thanks to: Riley R. Russell

Tomcat Alley is a trademark of Sega
Copyright 1994 Sega

Japanese version

Sega Studios
  • Director of Digital Technologies: Randy Fugaté
  • Digital Video Editing/Digital Audio ReMix/Computer Graphics: Randy Fugaté
  • Assistant Producer: Vy Nong
  • Production Coordinator: Berj Beramian
Japanese Localization Team - AOI Advertising Promotion Inc
  • Producer: Hidomitsu Kobayashi
  • Director: Masami Higashida
  • Production Manager: Hiroko Arai, Tyomin Nakae
  • Recording Studio: Video Tech Co., Ltd.
  • Cast: Tsutomu Isobe, Osamu Kobayashi, Teseho Genda, Iomasa Kayumi, Mami Koyama, Hiroshi Isobe, Yuka Koyama, Kazunari Tanaka
SEGA of America, Inc.
  • Japanese Liason: Yukimi Shimura
  • Production Coordinator: Osamu Shibamiya
SEGA Enterprises, Ltd.
Hiroshi Asoh, Ryoichi Hasagawa

Magazine articles

Main article: Tomcat Alley/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

GamePro US 057.pdfGamePro US 057.pdf

Mega-CD print advert in

GamePro (US) #57: "April 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
also published in:

  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #58: "May 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[7]

  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #59: "June 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[8]

  • Sega Visions (US) #20: "August/September 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[9]

NextGeneration US 11.pdf

PC print advert in

Next Generation (US) #11: "November 1995" (1995-10-24)

CVG UK 158.pdf

Mega-CD print advert in

Computer & Video Games (UK) #158: "January 1995" (1994-12-15)

MegaForce FR 32.pdf

Mega-CD print advert in

Mega Force (FR) #32: "Octobre 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
also published in:

  • CD Consoles (FR) #1: "Novembre 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[10]

  • CD Consoles (FR) #2: "Décembre 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[11]

SuperGamePower BR 007.pdfSuperGamePower BR 007.pdfSuperGamePower BR 007.pdfSuperGamePower BR 007.pdfSuperGamePower BR 007.pdf

Mega-CD print advert in

SuperGamePower (BR) #7: "Outubro 1994" (1994-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Mega-CD version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
91 №35, p144/145
54 №152, p56/57[12]
57 №18, p71
90 №31, p40/41 №34, p110
60 №23, p26/27
69 №21, p34/35
90 №10, p40/41
72 №29, p68/69/70/71
75 №21, p76/77[3]
86 №45, p48/49/50
68 №55, p46/47
86 №32, p58/59
80 №25, p32/33
Sega Mega-CD
Based on
13 reviews

Mega-CD, US
TomcatAlley MCD US Box Back.jpgTomcatAlley MCD US Box Front.jpg
TomcatAlley MCD US Disc.jpg
Tomcatalley mcd us manual.pdf
Mega-CD, EU
TomcatAlley MCD EU Box Back.jpgTomcatAlley MCD EU Box Front.jpg
Mega-CD, JP
TomcatAlley MCD JP Box Back.jpgTomcatAlley MCD JP Box Front.jpg
TomcatAlley MCD JP Spinecard.JPG
TomcatAlley MCD JP Disc.jpg
Mega-CD, FR
TomcatAlley MCD FR Box Back.jpgTomcatAlley MCD FR Box Front.jpg
TomcatAlley MCD FR Disc.jpg
Mega-CD, DE
TomcatAlley MCD DE Box Back.jpgTomcatAlley MCD DE Box Front.jpg
Mega-CD, ES
TomcatAlley MCD ES Box Back.jpgTomcatAlley MCD ES Box Front.jpg
Mega-CD, BR
TomcatAlley MCD BR Box Back.jpgNospine.pngTomcatAlley MCD BR Box Front.jpg

PC version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
59 №173, p58/59[5]
50 №7, p30[13]
30 №42, p89[14]
Windows PC
Based on
3 reviews

TomcatAlley PC US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngTomcatAlley PC US Box Front.jpg
Jewel Case
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