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Hurricanes
Publisher: U.S. Gold
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Game Gear
Genre: Action































Number of players:
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Game Gear
1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£? 79136-50
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F 79136-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? 79136-50
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas 79136-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?



Sega Game Gear
UK
£? T-79138-50
Sega Game Gear
FR
?F T-79138-50
Sega Game Gear
DE
DM ? T-79138-50
Sega Game Gear
ES
?Ptas T-79138-50



Hurricanes is a 1994 platformer for various systems, including the Sega Mega Drive and Sega Game Gear, by U.S. Gold based on DiC's Hurricanes cartoon. The MD and GG versions were only released in Europe (a SNES port developed by Probe was released in the US). Each version has different levels.

Gameplay

Instead of being a soccer simulator, the game is a platformer similar to Marko's Magic Football: you play as one of the players on the fictional Hurricanes football team as they use their football to destroy enemies through various platforming levels. C/1 kicks and A/2 jumps. The ball will always come back to you after you kick it.

In the Game Gear version, you play as the American player Cal, and the goal of each stage is to collect a certain amount of items to open up the exit to the next level (which is represented by a flag with the Hurricanes logo on it.) There are 12 stages which include a forest, an Incan temple, a mountain, and a locker room. After completing the game, you are treated to a one-screen ending with Winston Honeychurch saying, "You Win!" followed by the credits.

The Mega Drive version consists of 5 episodes (worlds), each with three stages. Also, four of the Hurricanes are playable and can be selected for each episode; Cal, Hiro, Amanda, and Rude. However, the characters only differ in appearance and have no different attributes (like jumping higher, running faster, etc.) Unlike the Game Gear version, you don't need to collect items to open up the exit. You just need to get to the end of the level and touch the golden Hurricanes logo. At the end of each episode is a boss (and a sub-boss in the second level of the game).

Production credits

Mega Drive version

  • Produced by: Arc Developments
  • Programming by: Derrick Owens
  • Graphics by: Darren Wakeman, Carl Entwistle, Craig Davison, Paul Walker, Gary Tonge
  • Level Mapping: Martin Smith, Carl Entwistle
  • Sprite Mapping: Martin Smith
  • Quality Control: Patrick Toner, Rude McKen, John Griffiths
  • Music Composer (uncredited): Andi McGinty


Arc DevelopmentsDerrick OwensDarren Wakeman, Carl Entwistle, Craig Davison, Paul Walker, Gary TongeMartin Smith, Carl EntwistleMartin SmithPatrick Toner, Rude McKen, John GriffithsAndi McGinty

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Game Gear version

  • Produced by: Arc Developments
  • Programming by: John Barber, Byron Nilsson
  • Graphics by: Darren Wakeman, Carl Entwistle, Craig Davison, Gary Noden, Paul Walker
  • Music by: Andi McGinty


Arc DevelopmentsJohn Barber, Byron NilssonDarren Wakeman, Carl Entwistle, Craig Davison, Gary Noden, Paul WalkerAndi McGinty

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Magazine articles

Main article: Hurricanes/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
42 №1995/02, p100[2]
60 №45, p10
Sega Mega Drive
51
Based on
2 reviews

Mega Drive, EU
Hurricanes MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
Hurricanes MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
72 №51, p107
Sega Game Gear
72
Based on
1 review

Game Gear, EU
Hurricanes GG EU Box Back.jpgNospine.pngHurricanes GG EU Box Front.jpg
Cover

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 deccc874
MD5 dd09e0d16f81167cf187b13bf11a9564
SHA-1 87ea7e663a0573f02440f9c5661b1df91b4d3ffb
2MB 1994-10 Cartridge (EU)

References

  1. File:Mega UK 19.pdf, page 83
  2. File:MegaFun DE 1995-02.pdf, page 100