Dune II: Battle for Arrakis

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Dune II: Battle for Arrakis
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Sound driver: GEMS
Genre: Simulation

Number of players: 1
Official in-game languages:
  • English
  • Deutsch
  • Release Date RRP Code
    Sega Mega Drive
    $? T-70246
    Sega Mega Drive
    £44.99[2] T-70246-50
    Sega Mega Drive
    ?F T-70246-50
    Sega Mega Drive
    DM ? T-70246-50
    Sega Mega Drive
    ?Ptas T-70246-50
    Sega Mega Drive
    $? ?

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    Dune II: Battle for Arrakis, known as Dune: The Battle for Arrakis in the US, is a strategy game developed by Westwood Studios and published by Virgin Interactive for the Sega Mega Drive. The game was also translated to German as Dune II: Kampf um den Wüstenplaneten. It was one of the first, if not first, Sega Mega Drive game to feature fully localized, spoken German language audio.

    Battle for Arrakis is a complete overhaul of Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty, a DOS/Amiga game released a year earlier. The Mega Drive version features streamlined controls, gameplay tweaks, new levels and an entirely new set of graphics. Dune II is considered a milestone in the real-time strategy genre, though was bettered by Command & Conquer a few years down the line.

    Three houses are available for play, each having it's own set of missions and (later on) special equipment/weaponry.

    Magazine articles

    Main article: Dune II: Battle for Arrakis/Magazine articles.

    Promotional material

    GamePro US 060.pdf

    Print advert in GamePro (US) #60: "July 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
    also published in:
    • EGM² (US) #1: "July 1994" (1994-07-19)[4]
    • EGM² (US) #2: "August 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[5]
    • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #62: "September 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[6]

    Mega UK 20.pdf

    Print advert in Mega (UK) #20: "May 1994" (1994-04-21)

    Physical scans

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
    91 №32, p106/107/108/109
    88 №146, p84[7]
    85 №53, p82[8]
    92 №44
    85 №31, p128/129
    80 №16, p52/53
    83 №9, p16/17
    92 №2, p72/73
    93 №15, p128-130[2]
    95 №42, p78/79/80
    93 №1, p120/121[9]
    90 №50, p56/57
    90 №28, p32/33/34
    90 №15, p62/63
    91 №28, p10
    Sega Mega Drive
    Based on
    15 reviews

    Mega Drive, US
    Dune2 MD US Box.jpg
    DuneII MD US Cart.jpg
    Mega Drive, EU
    Dune2 MD EU Box.jpg
    Mega Drive, DE
    Dune2 MD DE Box.jpg
    DuneII MD DE Cart.jpg
    Mega Drive, AU

    DuneII MD AU Cart Silver.jpg

    Technical information

    ROM dump status

    System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
    Sega Mega Drive
    CRC32 4dea40ba
    MD5 d4df66f77d52718798ec07d350d3a3cd
    SHA-1 0f7c1c130cb39abc97f57545933e1ef6c481783d
    1MB 1994-04 Cartridge (US)
    Sega Mega Drive
    CRC32 b58ae71d
    MD5 a0797d35cfb48d68ebb8b977d057ba3e
    SHA-1 133cc86b43afe133fc9c9142b448340c17fa668e
    1MB 1994-01 Cartridge (EU)
    Sega Mega Drive
    CRC32 39790728
    MD5 ddce15e5d196d785fc6430c7ac056f53
    SHA-1 55996cd262df518e92271bceee4d2a657cd7e02c
    1MB 1994-04 Cartridge (DE)