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Crimewave (クライムウェーブ) is a car-based shoot-'em-up developed and published by Eidos Interactive for the Sega Saturn in 1996. It is a Saturn exclusive, and not to be confused with the similarly titled "Crime Wave" seen on Amiga, Atari ST and DOS computers in 1990. Likewise it should not be confused with the 1983 Apple II "Crime Wave" game.
The game has the player drive one of eight vehicles around a city destroying criminals. The city is split into sections, which can only be accessed when crime levels have fallen to a certain value.
Crimewave was developed with the Sega Saturn in mind, simply because Sega Saturn development kits were cheaper at the time than those of the PlayStation.
Artist Joe Groombridge managed to sneak in "risqué artwork" in the red light districts in the game, as the publishers never noticed. A Confederate flag on the top of a car was spotted, however, and was removed from the North American release in fear of offending customers.
The Japanese version supports the Arcade Racer Joystick and Mission Stick as there was an opportunity to develop the game further between Crimewave's Western and Japanese releases.
- Program and Game Director: Jim Blackler
- Art Work: Joe Groombridge
- Levels and Additional Artwork: David Banner
- Music Composition: Joe Myers, Designed by the Crimewave Team
- Sound Effects and Additional Music: Mike Ash
- Packaging and Manual Design: Diana John
- Producer: Tom Marx
- Squad QA: Mike McHale, Matt Miller, Philip Baker, Brian Schorr, Mike Schmitt, Frank Hom
- Marketing Squad: Paul Baldwin, Gary Keith, Sutton Trout, Kelly Zavislak, Lee Wilkinson
- Special Thanks to: Anamaria Hernandez, James Poole and T Mann
- Source: US manual
- Main article: Crimewave/Magazine articles.
Print advert in EGM² (US) #29: "November 1996" (1996-xx-xx)
Print advert in GameFan (US) #0504: "Volume 5, Issue 4: April 1997" (1997-xx-xx)
| Based on|
| Saturn, EU
| Saturn, JP
| Saturn, BR
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- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Mean Machines Sega, "December 1996" (UK; 1996-11-01), page 73
- ↑ Computer & Video Games, "November 1996" (UK; 1996-10-09), page 49
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Interview: Jim Blackler by Segacollection.com
- ↑ File:Crimewave sat us manual.pdf, page 14
- ↑ Mega Force, "Novembre/Décembre 1996" (FR; 1996-xx-xx), page 76
- ↑ Sega Saturn Magazine, "December 1996" (UK; 1996-11-14), page 82
- ↑ Sega Saturn Magazine, "1997-16 (1997-05-16,23)" (JP; 1997-05-02), page 173
- ↑ Sega Saturn Magazine (readers), "Final data" (JP; 2000-03), page 16
- ↑ Ultra Game Players, "February 1997" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 76