Forgotten Worlds

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Forgotten Worlds
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Virtual Console
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Licensor: Capcom
Original system(s): Capcom CPS-1
Publisher(s) of original games: Capcom
Developer(s) of original games: Capcom
Genre: Shooting[2][3], Action[4][5]

















Number of players:
Sega Mega Drive
1-2
Sega Master System
1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,0006,000 G-4016
Sega Mega Drive
US
$57.9957.99[7]
Sega Mega Drive
EU
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.9934.99[8][9]
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Mega Drive
CA
Sega Mega Drive
BR
Sega Master System
EU
7056
Sega Master System
PT
Sega Master System
UK
£29.9929.99[11][12] 7056
Sega Master System
AU
Sega Master System
BR
Sega Master System
KR
GB2005JG
Arcade (Mega-Tech System)
UK
£? ?






















Wii Virtual Console
JP
600pts600[18]
CERO: B
Wii Virtual Console
US
800pts800[16]
ESRB: Everyone
Wii Virtual Console
EU
800pts800[14]
Wii Virtual Console
AU
800pts800[19]
OFLC: PG

Forgotten Worlds (フォゴットンワールド), known as Lost Worlds (ロストワールド) in Japan original version developed by Capcom in 1988 for their CPS arcade system, is a shoot-'em-up ported to the Sega Mega Drive by Sega in 1989, and to the Sega Master System in 1991. The Master System version was not released in North America or Japan.

Ports of this game are unusual in that Japanese releases use the export title of Forgotten Worlds, rather than the original Japanese title. Additionally, the Japanese Mega Drive release writes the "Worlds" part as "ワールズ" rather than the expected "ワールド" of other releases.

Gameplay

You are a team of two warriors (a white guy and a black guy; one-player mode has only the white guy) fighting against various enemies in side scrolling levels. You use the D-pad to move your player around and B to shoot (there is an Auto Fire option that makes this unnecessary). Shooting is done through a satellite gun that spins around you to aim; rotate in the appropriate direction with A and C.

The Master System version is one-player only and has the auto fire always on, with buttons 1 and 2 being used only to move the satellite clockwise and counter-clockwise.

All versions have a shop system in which the player can purchase weapons or items by spending "Zenny", blue objects that can be used for currency. Shop items are mostly identical except for a few differences.

Versions

For its time, the Mega Drive version of Forgotten Worlds was one of the most faithful home conversions of the arcade game, however still makes significant cutbacks to compensate for the simpler hardware. Background graphics in the Mega Drive conversion are almost entirely different to the arcade, and animations were simplified across the board presumably as a space saving measure. Fewer objects are on-screen at any given time, and there are slight differences in level design and enemy placement. Furthermore, all sampled speech in the game was removed. Two entire levels are also cut to save space.

The Mega Drive version is also unusual in that it is one of the few Mega Drive games that have trouble handling 6-button controllers, including the Sega Nomad in its default 6-button mode. Attempting to play the game with a 6-button controller attached will cause immediate game overs.

The Master System version had some stages removed and others combined into one; an underwater stage which did not appear in any other version is also present. This version also has unique weapons in the shop that are not avaiable in original game.

Shopkeeper, who is officially named "Sylpie", is named "Lucia" and "Mirabella" in Master System and Mega Drive manuals respectively.

Weapons and Equipment

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V-Gun
Starting weapon. Can fire upwards and downwards in a 45 degree angle. Good coverage but it is still weak.

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Missile
Homing missile. Fires rapidly and chases enemies. Very easy to use but weak firepower. 5000 Zennies.

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Rear Blaster (Master System)
Fires a powerful wave towards the back of the player. Quite powerful but hard to use as you must turn your back to the target. 2000 Zennies.

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Multi-Directional Shot / 8-Way Shot
Fires small bullets in 8 different directions from the player. Affects a large area but shots are quite weak. Also can be hard to hit enemies depending on the range. Not recommended. 3000 Zennies. 1st Level (Mega Drive) 2nd Level (Master System)

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Armor (Mega Drive)
Protects the players from damage three times. 3000 Zennies.

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Protector / Super Armor
Protects the players from damage five times. 5000 Zennies.

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Repair Kit (Master System)
Repairs the armor to full power. 1000 zennies.

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Life Potion / Resurrect Potion
Restores players to life after death. Everytime purchased from shop, next one's cost is doubled. 3000 to 10000 Zennies.

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Treatment
Fully recovers health if purchased. Next one's cost is doubled after every purchase. 300 to 10000 Zennies.

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Flying Stone
Allows players to change the movement speed. Three different speed options are avaiable. 100 Zennies.

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Info (Mega Drive)
Gives (mostly useless) information about the level. 100 zennies.

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Fire Bomb / Napalm
Fires an unguided projectile that causes a small explosion if it hits enemies. Quite powerful but slow firing rate. 5000 zennies.

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Booster
Increases firepower of your main gun. (The one fired from warrior's gun not the satellite weapons.) Good investment as your main gun will remain with you regardless of which weapon you purchased. 10000 zennies.

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Life Pack
Increases maximum health bar. Essential. Cost is doubled after every purchase. 600 to 5000 zennies.

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Laser
Fires powerful streams of light that passes through enemies while damaging them. Low fire rate but good firepower. 20000 Zennies.

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Burner
Short-ranged but powerful flame thrower. Damages enemies constantly due to the instant fire rate. 20000 Zennies.

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Vulcan / Balcan(sic) Cannon
Accurate and powerful ranged weapon with somehow slow fire rate. 50000 zennies.

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Bouncer / Bound
Fires shots that will bounce off the walls. Useful in tight space but very slow fire rate reduces its effectiveness. 30000 zennies.

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Wide Shot (Mega Drive)
Fires large blasts with good firepower and coverage.

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Super Booster / Booster 2
Increases firepower of your default gun even further. 30000 zennies.

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Super Laser (Mega Drive)
Even more powerful version of the laser.

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Rolling Barrier (Master System)
Two spheres revolve around the player, while satellite fire two shots in a small "v" pattern. While spheres are powerful, it might be difficult to use them to damage enemies. Shots fired from the satellite are quite weak. 50000 zennies.

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Vulcan Spread Shot (Master System)
Fires four shots towards the front. Large coverage and high fire rate but weak fire power. 80000 Zennies.

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4-Way Laser (Master System)
Fire two laser shots towards the front and two shots to back. Good coverage and firepower. 30000 zennies.

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Super Booster (Mega Drive)
Powers up your default weapon to the its highest level. 50000 zennies.

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Aqua Stone (Master System)
Same as the flying stone but increases your underwater speed during 4th level. 100 zennies.

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Aura Stone (Mega Drive)
During two player games, if players stay close, a lightning will appear between them which will increase their firepower. This stone will increase that bonus even further.

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Homing Laser (Mega Drive)
A stream of laser will chase enemies. Most powerful weapon in the game. 99900 Zennies.

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Fragmentation Ball (Master System)
Fires a blue ball of energy that will explode and release smaller, homing balls that will chase enemies. Weak firepower and slow fire rate makes this weapon next to useless. 99900 Zennies.

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Fire Ball (Master System)
Slow fire rate but immense fire power. Most powerful weapon in the Master System port.

99900 Zennies.

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Dress
A nice gift for the shopkeeper. It will not give you any abilites but if you complete the game after purchasing it, you will gain 1 million additional points. Only useful for score runs.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

Master System version


Magazine articles

Main article: Forgotten Worlds/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1989-09: "September 1989" (1989-XX-XX)
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Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1989-09: "September 1989" (1989-XX-XX)
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Print advert in Computer Games (GR) #3: "Ioúnios 1990" (1990-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

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Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
30
[20]
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
67
[21]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
70
[22]
Computer Entertainer (US)
67
[23]
Complete Guide to Consoles (UK)
82
[24]
The Complete Guide to Sega (UK)
82
[25]
Console XS (UK) PAL
82
[26]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
86
[27]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
80
[28]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
85
[29]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
68
[30]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
79
[31]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
75
[32]
Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
73
[33]
MegaTech (UK)
82
[34]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
82
[35]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
70
[36]
Mean Machines (UK)
85
[37]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
82
[38]
Power Play (DE)
76
[39]
Raze (UK) PAL
72
[8]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
75
[40]
Sega Pro (UK)
66
[41]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
72
[42]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
64
[43]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
65
[44]
Sega Mega Drive
74
Based on
26 reviews

Forgotten Worlds

Mega Drive, JP
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Mega Drive, EU
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Mega Drive, FR

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Master System version

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Publication Version Score
Ação Games (BR)
58
[13]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
75
[11]
Computer + Video Giochi (IT)
68
[45]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
62
[46]
Games-X (UK)
60
[47]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
88
[48]
Joypad (FR)
78
[49]
Joystick (FR)
78
[50]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
72
[51]
Mean Machines (UK) PAL
62
[52]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
62
[53]
Player One (FR)
78
[54]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
77
[55]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
50
[56]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
32
[57]
Video Games (DE)
77
[58]
Zzap! (IT)
78
[59]
Sega Master System
68
Based on
17 reviews

Forgotten Worlds

Master System, EU
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Master System, PT
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Master System, BR
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Master System, KR (cardboard)
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Master System, KR
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Mega-Tech version

Mega-Tech,

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 95513985
MD5 c4b93e3420db39c312c2b4ba2b2a493f
SHA-1 79aadecc1069f47a2a8b4a0a1d55712d4f9cb8ef
512kB 1990-03 Cartridge v01
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 d0ee6434
MD5 c526426ebe919d4cd8fbb86157c0293e
SHA-1 8b9a37c206c332ef23dc71f09ec40e1a92b1f83a
512kB 1989-09 Cartridge v00
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 38c53916
MD5 68cc1711bb89921da1f215f323f3bb2d
SHA-1 3f034429b23b6976c961595c1bcbd68826cb760d
256kB Cartridge (EU)

External links

  • Sega of Japan Virtual Console pages: Mega Drive
  • Nintendo catalogue pages: US, UK, AU

References

  1. http://gdri.smspower.org/wiki/index.php/Sanritsu
  2. File:ForgottenWorlds MD JP Box.jpg
  3. 3.0 3.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-20 09:51)
  4. File:ForgottenWorlds SMS EU Box.jpg
  5. File:ForgottenWorlds SMS KR cover.jpg
  6. Computer Entertainer, "January 1990" (US; 1990-01-20), page 23
  7. GamePro, "March 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 49
  8. 8.0 8.1 Raze, "January 1991" (UK; 1990-11-29), page 61
  9. Mean Machines, "November 1990" (UK; 1990-10-29), page 48
  10. Ação Games, "Maio 1991" (BR; 1991-05-21), page 8
  11. 11.0 11.1 Computer & Video Games, "July 1991" (UK; 1991-06-15), page 88
  12. Sega Power, "September 1991" (UK; 1991-08-01), page 29
  13. 13.0 13.1 Ação Games, "Agosto 1991" (BR; 1991-08-xx), page 24
  14. 14.0 14.1 http://www.nintendolife.com/games/megadrive/forgotten_worlds (Wayback Machine: 2017-06-13 01:58)
  15. https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Virtual-Console-Wii-/FORGOTTEN-WORLDS--277358.html (archive.today)
  16. 16.0 16.1 http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/ov6L_LX8RWfyeFhzAEi2QJeAgPjalAbf (Wayback Machine: 2010-11-22 22:50)
  17. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/vc/software/08.html (Wayback Machine: 2018-03-06 23:35)
  18. http://vc.sega.jp:80/vc_forgotten/ (Wayback Machine: 2008-10-06 21:00)
  19. http://www.nintendo.com.au/index.php?action=catalogue&prodcat_id=41&prod_id=19742&pageID=4 (Wayback Machine: 2012-04-03 01:57)
  20. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-xx-xx), page 83
  21. Aktueller Software Markt, "Februar 1990" (DE; 1990-xx-xx), page 94
  22. Beep! MegaDrive, "February 1990" (JP; 1990-01-08), page 72
  23. Computer Entertainer, "January 1990" (US; 1990-01-20), page 19
  24. Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume IV" (UK; 1990-11-xx), page 30
  25. The Complete Guide to Sega, "" (UK; 1991-05-xx), page 46
  26. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 130
  27. Computer & Video Games, "February 1990" (UK; 1990-01-16), page 90
  28. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "January 1990" (US; 19xx-xx-xx), page 1
  29. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 47
  30. Famitsu, "" (JP; 1989-xx-xx), page 1
  31. Hobby Consolas, "Enero 1992" (ES; 199x-xx-xx), page 96
  32. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 92
  33. Mega Drive Fan, "March 1990" (JP; 1990-02-XX), page 63
  34. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 78
  35. MegaTech, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-05-20), page 53
  36. Micromanía (segunda época), "Febrero 1991" (ES; 1991-0x-xx), page 26
  37. Mean Machines, "November 1990" (UK; 1990-10-29), page 46
  38. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 138
  39. Power Play, "4/90" (DE; 1990-03-16), page 122
  40. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 53
  41. Sega Pro, "Christmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-12), page 18
  42. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 65
  43. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 87
  44. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-xx-xx), page 15
  45. Computer + Video Giochi, "Settembre 1991" (IT; 1991-xx-xx), page 66
  46. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 135
  47. Games-X, "15th-21st August 1991" (UK; 1991-08-15), page 23
  48. Hobby Consolas, "Octubre 1991" (ES; 1991-xx-xx), page 24
  49. Joypad, "Octobre 1991" (FR; 1991-09-17), page 106
  50. Joystick, "Septembre 1991" (FR; 1991-0x-xx), page 168
  51. Micromanía (segunda época), "Octubre 1991" (ES; 1991-xx-xx), page 36
  52. Mean Machines, "June 1991" (UK; 1991-05-29), page 120
  53. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 133
  54. Player One, "Septembre 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 52
  55. Sega Power, "September 1991" (UK; 1991-08-01), page 28
  56. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 56
  57. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 71
  58. Video Games, "4/91" (DE; 1991-12-06), page 38
  59. Zzap!, "Settembre 1991" (IT; 1991-xx-xx), page 64
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