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Dick Tracy
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System
Sound driver: SMPS Z80
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,000 G-4044
Sega Mega Drive
US
$49.95[1] 1014
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.99[3] 1014
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F 1014
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? 1014
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas 1014
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? ?



Sega Master System
US
$? 7057
Sega Master System
UK
£29.99[3] 7057
Sega Master System
FR
?F 7057
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? 7057
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas 7057
Sega Master System
BR
R$? 025100



Dick Tracy (ディックトレイシー) is a 1990 action game by Sega for the Sega Mega Drive and Sega Master System tying into the 1990 Dick Tracy film.

Gameplay

The game is an action game where Dick Tracy walks around killing bad guys to solve mysteries. The game exists in a pesudo-3D world where enemies either approach from where Dick is or from a distance "behind" him — therefore, Dick has to attack in two different ways. Due to the differences in the two consoles's controllers, controls for each version are slightly different. In order to make this explanation simple, we will use the first level, which takes place on a street with Dick walking along one sidewalk and the other enemies across the street, to explain the different attacks.

  • Mega Drive: A shoots Dick's pistol horizontally to attack enemies approaching Dick on the sidewalk he is walking on — if an enemy is very close, Dick will simply punch him. C shoots Dick's machine gun back at enemies across the street — Dick cannot walk while doing so; instead, the D-pad is used to aim. B jumps.
  • Master System: 1 jumps. Tapping 2 uses the pistol and holding 2 uses the machine gun in the same way as with the Mega Drive version. Pressing the both button at the same time will call for help. Police backup will eliminate all enemies in the screen. But this can be used only one in each level. Some levels don't even allow backup to be used at all.

Some of the well-known villains from the series appear as bosses. In order of appearance : Itchy, Brow (which is strange as he was killed off at the beginning of the movie), Lips Manlis (again, doesn't make any sense as he was Big Boy's rival and killed off quite early), Pruneface, Flattop and Big Boy Caprice. Unlike Mega Drive version, in Master System these bosses can only be killed with machinegun as they always stay in "background".

After each level (in both versions) there is a bonus level in which Tracy is shooting at targets in Police shooting gallery. In addition to pictures of villains, there are non-targets such as milkman or police officers. Depending on how many targets you hit or missed or how many non-targets are killed, you will receive a rank and several bonuses such as extra lives or credits.

There are some levels in which Tracy is grabbing the side of a police car and attacking on other gangster cars as they drive through the streets. These levels are pretty much the same of walking level with minor differences.

Magazine articles

Main article: Dick Tracy/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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CVG UK 112.pdfCVG UK 112.pdf

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Print advert in
Computer & Video Games (UK) #112: "March 1991" (1991-02-16)
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Print advert in
Computer & Video Games (UK) #113: "April 1991" (1991-03-16)
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CVG UK 114.pdfCVG UK 114.pdf

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Print advert in
Computer & Video Games (UK) #114: "May 1991" (1991-04-14)
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Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
86 №114, p52-54[8]
80 №1, p37Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[9]
68 №20, p34/35[10]
100 №0, p16[11]
85 №4, p90[12]
79 №6, p34/36[13]
93 №15, p104[14]
39 №5, p91
47 №9, p19
89 №1, p77[15]
82 №7, p16-19[16]
88 №10, p28/29[17]
80 №8, p46[3]
84 №19, p49
80 №23, p53
76 №2, p33[18]
71 №18, p65
89 №56, p58/59[19]
Sega Mega Drive
79
Based on
18 reviews

Mega Drive, US
DickTracy MD US Box.jpg
Cover
DickTracy MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
DickTracy MD US manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
DickTracy MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
DickTracy MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, JP
DickTracy MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
DickTracy MD JP CartTop.jpg
Dicktracy md jp cart.jpg
Cart
DickTracy MD jp manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, BR
DickTracy MD BR cover.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

Mega Drive, FR

Dick Tracy MD FR Manual.pdf
Manual

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
64 №112, p78[20]
64 №4, p94[21]
71 №1, p132Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[22]
60 №6, p34/36[13]
45 №16, p151[23]
77 №5, p62-64[24]
74 №9, p40[25]
34 №8, p46[3]
30 №17, p24/25
20 №23, p56
34 №2, p33[18]
85 №12, p32[6]
75 №91, p78/79[26]
Sega Master System
56
Based on
13 reviews

Master System, US
DickTracy SMS US Box.jpg
Cover
Dicktracy sms us manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, EU
DickTracy SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
Dick Tracy SMS EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, AU
Dick Tracy SMS AU Cover.jpg
Cover
Dick Tracy SMS AU Cart Top.jpg
Dick Tracy SMS AU Cart Back.jpgDick Tracy SMS AU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, BR
DickTracy SMS BR Box.jpg
Cover
DickTracy SMS BR Cart.jpg
Cart
DickTracySMSBRManual.pdf
Manual

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 ef887533
MD5 aed96d0a6c77759931d771ef0f6b0778
SHA-1 320e527847ebae79d2686c5a500c5100b080ff98
512kB 1990-11 Cartridge (US/EU/JP)

References