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Battle Squadron
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up






























Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$? 702701
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.99[1] E166SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F E166SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? E166SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas E166SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? ?



Battle Squadron is a 1990 shoot-'em-up developed by Innerprise Software Inc and published by Electronic Arts exclusively in the US and Europe for the Sega Mega Drive and Commodore Amiga. There are certain differences between the Amiga and Sega Mega Drive release.

Story

The alien Barrax Empire has been at war with Earth for centuries to gain control over the Universe. While returning from a mission to destroy all Barrax on Planet Urainia while gathering information on the empire's fleets, Commander Barry D. Mayers and Commander Lori Bergin were taken hostage by a Barrax nova cruiser, their last transmission mentioning something about being able to turn invisible for a short period of time. The mission is to rescue them.

Gameplay

A and C shoot; with a rather slow rapidfire ability. B drops a missile which destroys enemies within a radius of your ship (there is a limited stock of missiles). The game offers four standard weapons:

  • red: wide spreadshot, front only
  • green: narrow spreadshot, front only
  • blue: front and backwards shot
  • orange: 5 way spreadshot

Unusual for the genre, the game has an overworld and three lower sections that can be entered through craters. Each of these have to be cleared to reach the final boss. Ignoring all craters makes the overworld restart from the beginning.

Versions

  • The Amiga version has a bit more varied background tiles and switches background colors more often
  • The Sega Mega Drive version has certain layers right in front of the screen, making it harder to see certain objects
  • The Sega Mega Drive version runs faster and is harder
  • The Amiga version has an extra space background for the final boss

Magazine articles

Main article: Battle Squadron/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
79 №42, p63[2]
85 №1, p25Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[3]
83 №30, p91[4]
83 №2, p72[5]
68 №5, p90
85 №1, p65
80 №1, p76[6]
85 №4, p68-70[7]
72 №7, p44[8]
84 №5, p54[9]
90 №14, p10-11[10]
80 №23, p52
87 №1, p39[11]
85 №18, p64
Sega Mega Drive
82
Based on
14 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
Battle Squadron MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, BR
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Cover
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Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 0feaa8bf
MD5 b5b815ef99b943fe0bad48dc13239b35
SHA-1 f003f7af0f7edccc317c944b88e57f4c9b66935a
512kB Cartridge (US/EU)

References