Advanced Busterhawk Gley Lancer

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Advanced Busterhawk Gley Lancer
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Virtual Console
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥8,300 T-25123
Sega Mega Drive
₩? GM8050JT

Wii Virtual Console
Wii Virtual Console
Everyone 10+
Wii Virtual Console

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Advanced Busterhawk Gley Lancer, commonly known as Gleylancer (グレイランサー), is a 1992 Sega Mega Drive shoot-'em-up by NCS released exclusively in Japan (despite having some of its text, such as in the Mover configuration screen described below, in near-perfect English). It was released internationally on the Wii Virtual Console in 2008.

Despite the English configuration screen, translation group M.I.J.E.T. released a patch which translated the story text in 2006-2007.


Lucia is the 16-year-old daughter of a fighter pilot who disappears while fighting a war between humans and aliens in 2025. He was captured by aliens whom he had captured earlier who had the ability to teleport. Lucia hijacks the prototype fighter CSH-01-XA "Gley Lancer" to save him.


The Gley Lancer is a standalone ship that can only shoot straight ahead by pressing B (which can be held down for rapidfire) and change its speed with A. However, up to two Mover sub-ships can be attached to the main ship and fire in any direction with the main ship. Before starting a game, the player is given a choice of how to maneuver Movers around the ship and aim them; the C button performs some related action which is detailed in the selection screen.

Production credits

  • Producer: Toshiro Tsuchida
  • Planning: Hikaru Sato
  • Program: Yukihiro Higuchi
  • Scroll: Eiji Koyama
  • Object: Hiroshi Hayashi
  • Music / Sound Effects: Cube, Yoshiaki Kubodera, Masanori Hikichi, Isao Mizoguchi, Noriyuki Iwadare
  • Creator: Kaichi Satou
  • Character Design: Hiroshi Aizawa
  • Original Art / Animation: Hitoshi Kamata
  • Visual Graphics: Masanori Sakurai, Hiroshi Hayashi
  • Business Promotion: Masaki Uchida, Jun Mimura, Yasuaki Yokoe, Kyoko Katagiri
  • Sales Promotion: Akio Matsuda, Norihiko Yonesaka, Kazuhiro Matsuda
  • P.R.: Takashi Kikuchi, Hideo Iwasaki
  • Cooperation: Manabu Takasugi, Tetsuya Ohya, Masayuki Iwamoto, Hideo Suzuki, Takayuki Jingu
  • Executive Producer: Yasumasa Shirakura
  • Gleylancer Produced by: Nippon Computer Systems Co. Ltd.
Source: In-game credits

Magazine articles

Main article: Advanced Busterhawk Gley Lancer/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

BeepMD JP 1992-04.pdf

Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1992-04: "April 1992" (1992-03-07)

BeepMD JP 1992-05.pdf

Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1992-05: "May 1992" (1992-04-08)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
68 №1992-08, p24[6]
74 №, p83[7]
87 №11, p58-60[8]
60 №1992-08, p38
90 №12
89 №30, p178[9]
89 №2, p32-35[10]
72 №2, p54/55[11]
72 №11, p56/57
48 №2, p102-104[12]
82 №36, p42
88 №12, p36/37
85 №18, p66
79 №10, p52/53[13]
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
14 reviews

Mega Drive, JP
ABGleylancer MD JP Box.jpg
GleyLancer MD JP CartTop.jpg
GleyLancer MD JP Cart.jpg
Gleylancer md jp manual.pdf
Mega Drive, KR
GleyLancer MD KR Box.jpg
GleyLancer MD KR cart.jpg

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 42cf9b5b
MD5 8bd4a97783cda077c342173df0a9b51e
SHA-1 529d88f96eb7082bfbc00be3f42a1b2e365c34b7
1MB 1992-04 Cartridge (JP)

External links

  • Sega of Japan Virtual Console pages: Mega Drive
  • Nintendo catalogue pages: US, UK