Chakan (Game Gear)

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For the Sega Mega Drive game, see Chakan (Mega Drive).


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System(s): Sega Game Gear
Publisher: Sega
Genre: Action[2]

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Game Gear
Sega Game Gear
Sega Game Gear
Sega Game Gear
£29.9929.99[6] 2414

Chakan is a Sega Game Gear action platform game based on the character Chakan from the 1986 Robert A. Kraus comic book series Thunder Mace[7]. It was developed by independent contractor Paul Hutchinson.


The warrior Chakan considers himself so unbeatable that he challenges Death himself to a duel. Death appears and makes a wager: if Chakan wins, he gets eternal life, but if Chakan loses, his soul belongs to Death for eternity. Chakan accepts, and the two battle.

Eventually, Chakan triumphs and receives the gift of eternal life, but he learns that the gift has a stipend: he must wear the visage of Death and destroy all the evil in the world to earn his eternal rest.


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Navigation Level

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Ship of Death

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The game is an action platformer played as the immortal swordsman Chakan. The player starts in a hub level and can choose to play the first six levels in any order. Each level has multiple segments and ends with a boss fight. Chakan's health is indicated by a skull in the corner of the screen, which fades away as he takes damage. Owing to its premise, the game has no concept of "lives". If Chakan runs out of health, he is carried away on a "Ship of Death" and then returns to the hub level with full health.

Chakan walks with Left and Right and ducks with Down. He jumps with 2; he performs a double spin jump by pressing 2 again while in the air. He rolls along the ground with Down+2. He enters doorways and portals by standing in front of them and pressing Up. Some doorways require finding a key dropped by a slain foe. Chakan attacks using his twin blades with 1; he performs a spinning attack by pressing 1 while doing a double spin jump.

Chakan can collect potions, which are strewn throughout the levels (including the hub level). Potions can be combined into "alchemies" that grant him temporary powers such as enhancing his swords with elemental powers or increasing his jump height. The player can open the inventory of collected potions and list of alchemies with  START  and select one with 1. Chakan can also find special swords throughout the levels that are imbued with elemental strengths. Once found, these weapons are chosen through the same menu as the alchemies. The player can revisit levels after they have been completed to collect potions and swords; levels do not have enemies after they have been completed.

The game has multiple difficulty levels (Wicked, Deadly, and Mental), which are selected with Up and Down from the title screen before beginning the game. Chakan takes more damage from enemies in higher difficulties; on the highest difficulty, he starts the game and revives with only half of his health. The final level can only be played if the game is completed on Deadly or Mental difficulty.


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Twin Swords
Chakan's standard weapons. They have no particular strength and are initially available.
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Fire Swords
These swords do additional damage to Water-based enemies. Found in the Lava (VI) level.
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Ice Swords
These swords do additional damage to Fire-based enemies. Found in the Ice (V) level.
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Lightning Swords
These swords shoot sparks when they are swung and do additional damage to Air- and Earth-based enemies. Found in the Fire (IV) level.


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Returns Chakan to the hub level. Requires 1 green potion and 1 yellow potion.
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Slows down enemies temporarily. Requires 2 grey potions.
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Damages all enemies on screen. Requires 2 yellow potions.
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Confuses Chakan and reverses the direction controls. Requires 1 green potion and 1 grey potion.
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Makes Chakan invulnerable temporarily. Requires 2 black potions.
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Makes Chakan invisible temporarily. Requires 2 green potions.
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Doubles the power of Chakan's weapon temporarily. Requires 1 black potion and 1 yellow potion.
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Fully restores Chakan's health. Requires 1 black potion and 1 gray potion.


The first six levels can be played in any order.

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Air (I)

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Earth (II)

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Water (III)

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Fire (IV)

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Ice (V)

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Lava (VI)

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Final (VII)
This level is played after the end credits if the player completes the game on Deadly or Mental difficulty. Chakan can use the teleport chambers in this level by standing in them and pressing 1. He teleports to a different area depending on whether he is facing left or right.

Production credits

Thanks for Playing and Look for the Further Ventures of Chakan in R.A.K. Graphics Comics.
In-game credits
Chakan GG credits.pdf

US manual
Chakan GG US Manual.pdf


Magazine articles

Main article: Chakan (Game Gear)/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Print advert in Micromanía (segunda época) (ES) #58: "Marzo 1993" (1993-0x-xx)
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Print advert in Mega Force (ES) #12: "Abril 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
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Chakan (Game Gear)

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Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Game Gear
CRC32 dfc7adc8
MD5 096e525c29af9f5a0a0ddd8b67dd8fbf
SHA-1 bdb82464147ef20792162cff7922824d4dee0dc1
256kB Cartridge (US/EU)


Chakan (Game Gear)

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