Astérix and the Great Rescue (Mega Drive)

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AsterixAndTheGreatRescue MDTitleScreen.png
Asterix and the Great Rescue
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Sega
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1
Official in-game languages:
  • English
  • Français
  • Deutsch
  • Español
  • Italiano
  • Release Date RRP Code
    Sega Mega Drive
    $59.99 1532
    Sega Mega Drive
    £30 1532-50
    Sega Mega Drive
    ?F 1532-50
    Sega Mega Drive
    DM 110[2] 1532-50
    Sega Mega Drive
    ?Ptas 1532-50
    Sega Mega Drive
    $? FAST03SMC
    Sega Mega Drive
    R$? 046180

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    Astérix and the Great Rescue (known during development simply as Astérix) is a platforming game developed by Core Design and published by Sega and released in 1993 for the Sega Mega Drive exclusively in the US and Europe. It was the first Sega game to tie into the Asterix series of comic books and other media. A different such game was released for the Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear.


    Gaul is almost completely occupied by the Roman Empire; the only plot of land remaining is the small town where Astérix and his friend Obelix live. While the town has been able to stalemate the Romans in the surrounding areas until then, the Romans did capture and imprison the town druid, Getafix, and their pet Dogmatix in Rome, and the two main characters must now set off to Rome to free them.


    You can play as either Astérix or Obelix by selecting one before each level from a map screen. Both characters may jump with A, punch with B, and crawl by holding Down and a direction at the same time. Should a character collect a bag scattered about the levels, they receive a limited number of balls they can throw at enemies with C. There are at least two types of balls; one is shot to destroy enemies, the other to create platforms you can stand on; choose with Up+C.

    Production credits

    • Main Programming: Stef Walker
    • Graphics and Game Design: Jerr O Carroll
    • Music and Sound FX: Nathan McCree
    • Level Design and Other Graphics: Richard Morton
    • Presentation Code: Dan Scott
    • Music Driver: Sean Dunlevy
    • Gameplay: Bob
    • Technical Support and Divine Help: Mac Avory
    • Other Graphics: Billy Allison, Gary Bot Masey
    • Producer: Ken Lockley
    • Game Testing: Dazza, AJ, JJ, Buller, Rattle Snake, Lizzy, Yappa, Andy
    • Special Thanks to: Chris Long, Simon Phipps, John Kirkland, Roberto Cirillo and Linda Taylor
    Source: In-game credits

    Magazine articles

    Main article: Astérix and the Great Rescue (Mega Drive)/Magazine articles.

    Promotional material

    Suuri lelukirja FI 1995 Sega.jpg

    FI advert (1995)

    ConsolesPlus FR 025.pdf

    Print advert in Consoles + (FR) #25: "Novembre 1993" (1993-xx-xx)

    SegaMagazin DE 02.pdf

    Print advert in Sega Magazin (DE) #2: "November/Dezember 1993" (1993-11-03)

    MegaForce ES 18.pdfMegaForce ES 18.pdf

    Print advert in Mega Force (ES) #18: "Octubre 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
    also published in:

    MegaForce ES 19.pdf

    Print advert in Mega Force (ES) #19: "Noviembre 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
    also published in:

    MegaForce ES 20.pdfMegaForce ES 20.pdf

    Print advert in Mega Force (ES) #20: "Diciembre 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
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    Print advert in No resultsNo results # () 2

    ASVG 13 SCG.pdf

    Print advert in AS Magazin-Video Igrice (SCG) #13: "Jul-Avgust 1995" (1995-xx-xx)


    Physical scans

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
    80 №24, p124-126
    52 [6]
    61 [7]
    73 [8]
    88 [9]
    59 [2]
    84 №14, p30-31
    80 №8, p24
    86 [10]
    68 №23, p80-81
    55 [11]
    65 №37, p152
    78 №48, p48-49
    60 [12]
    73 №12, p12
    Sega Mega Drive
    Based on
    15 reviews

    Mega Drive, US
    AatGR MD US cover.jpg
    AatGR MD US Cart.jpg
    Asterix And The Great Rescue MD US Manual.pdf
    Mega Drive, EU
    AatGR MD EU Box.jpg
    AatGR MD EU Cart.jpg
    Mega Drive, AU

    Mega Drive, BR
    AatGR MD BR Box.jpg
    AatGR MD BR Cart.jpg
    Astérix and the Great Rescue MD BR Manual.pdf
    Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

    Mega Drive, FR

    Astérix and the Great Rescue MD FR Manual.pdf

    Technical information

    ROM dump status

    System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
    Sega Mega Drive
    CRC32 7f112cd8
    MD5 b93b38d6b5b2280bed4797c882b7ab3b
    SHA-1 6d73f37fa31dbcc6a8e9e1590f552e084346088c
    2MB 1993-10 Cartridge (US)
    Sega Mega Drive
    CRC32 4735fee6
    MD5 9aad38cfe5a2df30a85d8f9de1138bf4
    SHA-1 e6353362ba261f1f8efb31e624250e74e1ca0da1
    2MB 1993-08 Cartridge (EU)


    Astérix franchise games for Sega systems
    Sega Master System
    Astérix (1992) | Astérix and the Secret Mission (1993) | Astérix and the Great Rescue (1994)
    Sega Game Gear
    Astérix and the Secret Mission (1993) | Astérix and the Great Rescue (1994)
    Sega Mega Drive
    Astérix and the Great Rescue (1993) | Astérix and the Power of the Gods (1995)