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Crimewave
Publisher: Eidos Interactive (US/EU), Virgin Interactive Entertainment (JP)
Developer:
System(s): Sega Saturn
Sound driver: SCSP (1 track)
Peripherals supported: Arcade Racer Joystick, Mission Stick (JP)
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up






























Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
JP
¥6,800 T-7018G
Sega Saturn
US
$? T-8807H
Sega Saturn
UK
£44.99[1] T-8807H-50
Sega Saturn
FR
?F T-8807H-50
Sega Saturn
DE
DM ? T-8807H-50
Sega Saturn
ES
?Ptas T-8807H-50
Sega Saturn
AU
$? ?
Sega Saturn
BR
R$? 191x11




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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.

Gameplay

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.

History

Development

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[3].

Artist Joe Groombridge managed to sneak in "risqué artwork" in the red light districts in the game, as the publishers never noticed[3]. 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[3].

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[3].

Production credits

EIDOS UK
  • 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
EIDOS US
  • 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 manualMedia:Crimewave sat us manual.pdf[4]


Magazine articles

Main article: Crimewave/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

EGM2 US 29.pdf

PDF
Print advert in EGM² (US)

#29: "November 1996" (1996-xx-xx)

GameFan US 0504.pdf

PDF
Print advert in GameFan (US)

#0504: "Volume 5, Issue 4: April 1997" (1997-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
40 №41, p92
45 №446, p32
73 №50, p57
48
80 №50, p73[1]
86 №54, p76-77[5]
55 №69, p128
73 №14, p82/83[6]
53 №1997-16, p171[7]
58 №, p14Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[8]
66 №94
Sega Saturn
62
Based on
11 reviews

Saturn, US
Crimewave Saturn US Box Back.jpgCrimewave Saturn US Box Front.jpg
Cover
Crimewave sat us manual.pdf
Manual
Saturn, EU
Crimewave Saturn EU Box.jpg
Cover
Crimewave Saturn EU Disc.jpg
Disc
Saturn, JP
Crimewave Saturn JP Box Back.jpgCrimewave Saturn JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
Crimewave Saturn JP Spinecard.jpg
Spinecard
Crimewave Saturn JP Disc.jpg
Disc
Saturn, BR
Crimewave BR cover.jpg
Cover

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
66,164,112 CD-ROM(EU) T-8807H-50 V1.000
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
65,893,632 1997-03-15 CD-ROM(JP) T-7018G V1.003

References