Battletoads in Battlemaniacs

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Battletoads in Battlemaniacs
System(s): Sega Master System
Publisher: Tec Toy, Virgin
Developer:
Licensor: Rare
Original system(s): Super NES
Publisher(s) of original games: Tradewest
Developer(s) of original games: Rare
Genre: Action

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Master System
BR
027370
Tectoy: Todas as Idades
Non-Sega versions

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Battletoads in Battlemaniacs is a beat 'em up game developed by Syrox Developments and Rare for the Sega Master System and published by Tec Toy and Virgin in Brazil in 1996. It is a port of a game first developed by Rare for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. A European release was planned in June 1994[1] (later July[2][3][4]) but scrapped just before release. A Sega Game Gear version was also in development[2].

Story

The battletoads are visiting Gyachung-La fortress in northern Tibet where the Psicone Corporation is demonstrating their new virtual reality game system called TRIPS. A pig creature working for the Dark Queen and Silas Volkmire leaps out of the system and kidnaps Michiko Tashoku (dauther of Psicone Corporation's CEO, Yuriko Tashoku) and Zitz. The remaining battletoads enter the Gamescape to rescue them and stop Volkmire and Dark Queen's plans to control the world.

Gameplay

As usual with Battletoads there is a variety of stage types. This includes standard action stages, vertical shaft stages, and vehicle stages. In action stages two buttons are used; an attack button and a jump button. Although there is only one attack button, the attack varies based on situation. Rope Repel stages have been altered so that the battletoads ride down a shaft on a floating platform instead. The vehicle levels are a bit easier than those in the original Battletoads. The first such level takes place on a chess board like level which the player rides on a checker piece.

Levels

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Khaos Mountains

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Hollow Tree

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Bonus Stage 1

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Turbo Tunnel Rematch

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Karmath's Revenge

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Bonus Stage 2

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Roller Coaster

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Dark Tower

History

Development

The game was originally planned for release in Europe in 1994 but was canceled just before release. It was so complete that the game was sent to some magazine reviewers for a review and one such review was actually published.[3] Tec Toy acquired the rights to publish this in Brazil some time later but the game was not quite complete.

Versions

Battlemaniacs on the Master System is an unfinished game, so a great deal is missing in comparison to the original SNES version. The introductory cutscene is thought to be incomplete, with the first two thirds being presented as just white text on a black background. The game also exibits graphical glitches, such as invisible objects in the turbo tunnel level. Many graphical effects are also non-existent, and the use of smaller sprites and simpler stages creates an aesthetic more in-line with the original Battletoads than its larger sequel.

The wrong music is played on some levels, while others lack music altogether.

Production credits

Converted in the U.K. by Syrox Developments Ltd.
  • Programmer: Dominic Wood
  • Graphic Artist: Jock Green
  • Music and Sound: Krisalis
  • Product Producer: Matthew Spall
Source:
In-game credits[5]


Magazine articles

Main article: Battletoads in Battlemaniacs/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

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Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
54
[1]
Sega Magazine (UK) PAL
45
[6]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
72
[3]
Sega Master System
57
Based on
3 reviews

Battletoads in Battlemaniacs

Master System, BR
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Cover
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Cart
Battlemaniacs SMS BR Manual.pdf
Manual

Unreleased versions

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Battletoads in Battlemaniacs
System(s): Sega Game Gear
Publisher: Virgin
Developer: Syrox Developments
Licensor: Rare
Planned release date(s): 1994-07[2]

Plans for a Sega Game Gear version were also put in place, scheduled for release in July 1994[2], but it was scrapped together with the European Master System release.

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 1cbb7bf1
MD5 5401ddcc788c0f1a5dfe26e56f239fbf
SHA-1 0854e36d3bb011e712a06633f188c0d64cd65893
256kB Cartridge (BR)

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