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






























Number of players: 1-2
Official in-game languages:
  • English
  • Deutsch
  • Français
  • Español
  • Italiano
  • 日本語
  • 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