Fantasy Zone Gear

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Fantasy Zone Gear
System(s): Sega Game Gear
Publisher: Sanritsu (Japan), Sega (US, Europe)
Developer:
Genre: Shooting[2][3][4]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Game Gear
JP
¥3,9003,900 T-44017
Sega Game Gear
JP
(Meisaku)
¥3,9003,900 G-3225
Sega Game Gear
US
$24.9524.95[6] 2319
Sega Game Gear
EU
2319
Sega Game Gear
UK
£24.9924.99[7][8] 2319
Sega Game Gear
BR
013480

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Fantasy Zone Gear: Opa Opa Jr. no Bouken (ファンタジーゾーンGear オパオパJr.の冒険), released outside of Japan as just Fantasy Zone is a Game Gear shoot 'em up game that is part of the Fantasy Zone series. Despite having the same name as the Master System game in western regions, Fantasy Zone Gear is in fact a completely different game which makes use of the Game Gear's extended color palette.

Gameplay

Levels

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Woods
Unlike previous games, levels in Fantasy Zone Gear were given generic titles by Sega of America. They are all very similar, the only major difference each time being the choice of enemies.

Wood's boss is a large, tree-like creature with a spring. It simply extends its nose to try and defeat Opa-Opa (the nose also doubling up as the weak point). After it attacks, it will spring up into the air and try and land on top of the player.

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Fire
Fire's boss is an odd creature which moves in a circular motion, stopping every now and then to fire a missile in one of four directions. These missiles then explode into eight chunks which spread across the screen. Everything is a weak point. Thanks to the Game Gear's small resolution it's very easy to accidentally collide with this boss, so it's a good idea to upgrade in advance.

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Ice
Ice's boss is simple in comparison to the previous boss battle. Parts of a face will slowly track Opa-Opa's position and you simply need to destroy the eyebrows, eyes, nose and mouth. Then you'll be able to attack the head itself in a similar manner, provided, again, you've upgraded your speed.

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Water
The only static boss in the whole game, Water's boss simply fires four green orbs in your general direction, which will slowly hunt you down until you destroy them. Alternatively it water will fall from the top of the screen which will need avoiding, though if you can keep at least one orb on screen this will never occur. Aim for the head.

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Cloud
The extremely large boss of Cloud is a blimp-like creature which follows Opa-Opa around the room. It occasionally stops to fire forwards and launch several floating bombs which litter the screen. Like many bosses in this game, the difficulty comes from the cramped conditions you're forced to fight in. Unlike previous bosses, this one seems to take a lot longer to kill.

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Desert
Desert's boss is a large totem-pole creature, in which sections of the boss fly hoizontally across the screen to try and hit Opa-Opa.

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Phantoms
The final level, like all Fantasy Zone games, simply puts Opa-Opa against all of the bosses he's encountered so far, before having him face the end boss. As Fantasy Zone Gear drops the backgrounds when bosses are encountered, this level has no identity of its own. You never "see" where Opa-Opa actually is, only that he's got bosses to fight.

History

Sequels and re-releases

As with all Fantasy Zone games, Fantasy Zone Gear was re-released in 2008 as part of the Japanese PlayStation 2 compilation, Fantasy Zone Complete Collection.

Versions

Fantasy Zone Gear offers very little to the table, other than new stages and music (though many of the jingles are identical to that of the original Fantasy Zone). Due to size restraints, it is unable to show any kind of HUD in game, however Opa-Opa's equipment can be changed at any time by hitting the Start button.

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English Fantasy Zone Fantasy Zone
English (US) Fantasy Zone Fantasy Zone
Japanese ファンタジーゾーンGear オパオパJr.の冒険 Fantasy Zone Gear: Opa Opa Jr. no Bouken

Production credits


Magazine articles

Main article: Fantasy Zone Gear/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Ação Games (BR)
94
[9]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
75
[10]
Consoles + (FR)
65
[11]
Console XS (UK) PAL
84
[12]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
80
[13]
Game Mania (UK)
82
[14]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
80
[6]
Games-X (UK) NTSC-J
80
[15]
Game Zone (UK) NTSC-J
49
[16]
Game Zone (UK) PAL
78
[17]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
88
[18]
Joypad (FR)
66
[19]
Joystick (FR)
68
[20]
Mega Force (FR)
60
[21]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
84
[22]
Player One (FR)
90
[23]
Play Time (DE)
65
[24]
Power Play (DE)
68
[25]
Score (CZ)
69
[26]
Sega Power (UK)
56
[8]
Sega Pro (UK) NTSC-J
65
[27]
Sega Pro (UK)
65
[28]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
81
[29]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
86
[30]
Sega Force (UK)
66
[7]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
72
[31]
Supersonic (FR)
81
[32]
Sega Game Gear
74
Based on
27 reviews

Fantasy Zone Gear

Game Gear, JP
FantasyZone GG JP backcover.jpgFZoneGear gg jp 1991cover.jpg
Cover
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Cart
Fantasy Zone Gear JP Manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, JP (Meisaku Collection)
FantasyZone GG JP Meisaku backcover.jpgFZoneGear gg jp 1993cover.jpg
Cover
FantasyZone GG JP Meisaku cart.jpg
Cart
Game Gear, US
FantasyZone GG US backcover.jpgFantasyZone GG US spine.jpgFZoneGear gg us cover.jpg
Cover
FZoneGear gg us cart.jpg
Cart
Fantasy Zone Gear GG US Manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, EU
FantasyZone GG EU backcover.jpgFZoneGear gg eu cover.jpg
Cover
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Cart
Fantasy Zone Gear Game Gear EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, FR (Blister pack)
FZG GG FR blister front.jpg
Cover
Game Gear, BR
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Cover
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Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 d69097e8
MD5 4c6c42493b5af22540e6c2014d2c367a
SHA-1 5951d500d6f53b0537f045adb85d94068a838f32
128kB Cartridge (JP/EU)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 fad007df
MD5 9c314c791ad0a98cda6bd7d39c0a2774
SHA-1 57563b00eeffe678b2eebeafa790015f3c164262
128kB Cartridge (US)

References

  1. http://gdri.smspower.org/wiki/index.php/Sanritsu
  2. File:FantasyZone GG EU backcover.jpg
  3. File:FZoneGear gg jp 1991cover.jpg
  4. 4.0 4.1 http://sega.jp/fb/segahard/gg/soft_licensee.html (Wayback Machine: 2013-01-01 20:24)
  5. Sega Visions, "May/June 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 58
  6. 6.0 6.1 GamePro, "April 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 76
  7. 7.0 7.1 Sega Force, "May 1992" (UK; 1992-04-16), page 61
  8. 8.0 8.1 Sega Power, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-05-07), page 36
  9. Ação Games, "Abril 1992" (BR; 1992-04-xx), page 42
  10. Beep! MegaDrive, "July 1991" (JP; 1991-06-08), page 33
  11. Consoles +, "Septembre 1991" (FR; 1991-09-04), page 124
  12. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 148
  13. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 166
  14. Game Mania, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 70
  15. Games-X, "15th-21st August 1991" (UK; 1991-08-15), page 40
  16. Game Zone, "December 1991" (UK; 1991-11-22), page 57
  17. Game Zone, "May 1992" (UK; 1992-04-22), page 74
  18. Hobby Consolas, "Mayo 1992" (ES; 1992-0x-xx), page 60
  19. Joypad, "Octobre 1991" (FR; 1991-09-17), page 70
  20. Joystick, "Septembre 1991" (FR; 1991-0x-xx), page 157
  21. Mega Force, "Mai 1992" (FR; 1992-05-05), page 73
  22. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 143
  23. Player One, "Mai 1992" (FR; 1992-05-10), page 110
  24. Play Time, "6/92" (DE; 1992-05-06), page 88
  25. Power Play, "11/91" (DE; 1991-10-11), page 169
  26. Score, "Únor 1994" (CZ; 1994-02-01), page 48
  27. Sega Pro, "November 1991" (UK; 1991-xx-xx), page 66
  28. Sega Pro, "December 1991" (UK; 1991-11-21), page 57
  29. Sega Pro, "July 1992" (UK; 1992-06-18), page 32
  30. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 74
  31. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 88
  32. Supersonic, "Mai/Juin 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 24


Fantasy Zone Gear

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Opa-Opa Fantasy Zone series of games
Arcade
Fantasy Zone (1986) | Fantasy Zone (redemption game) (1998?) | Fantasy Zone II DX: The Tears of Opa-Opa (2008) | Medal de Fantasy Zone (2012)
Sega Master System
Fantasy Zone (1986) | Fantasy Zone II: The Tears of Opa-Opa (1987) | Fantasy Zone: The Maze (1987) | Galactic Protector (1988)
Sega Game Gear
Fantasy Zone Gear (1991)
Sega Mega Drive
Super Fantasy Zone (1992)
Sega Saturn
Sega Ages Fantasy Zone (1997)
Java 2, Micro Edition (J2ME)
Fantasy Zone (2003)
Sony PlayStation 2
Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 3: Fantasy Zone (2003) | Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 33: Fantasy Zone Complete Collection (Fantasy Zone II DX: The Tears of Opa-Opa | Fantasy Zone Neo Classic (2008)
LCD handheld game
Fantasy Zone (2009)
Nintendo 3DS
3D Fantasy Zone: Opa-Opa Bros. (2014) | 3D Fantasy Zone II W (2014)
Nintendo Switch
Sega Ages Fantasy Zone (TBD)
TurboGrafx-16
Space Fantasy Zone (Unreleased)
Fantasy Zone related media
Music
Fantasy Zone Ultra Super Big Maximum Great Strong Complete Album (2008)
Book
Fantasy Zone Ura Manual‎ (198x) | Fantasy Zone Kanzen Kouryaku Guide‎ (1987) | Family Computer Game Hisshou-hou Series 43: Fantasy Zone (1987) | Fantasy Zone Hisshou Kanpeki Hon (1987) | Fantasy Zone II Kanpeki Hon (1989) | Fantasy Zone Isei Kara no Shinryaku-sha (19xx)
VHS Video
LaserDisc
Fantasy Zone (1987)