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Jim Power: The Arcade Game

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Jim Power: The Arcade Game
Publisher: Loriciel
Developer: Loriciel
Planned release date: 1993-11More...[1], 1994-04More...[2], Spring 1994More...[3]
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Genre: Action
Number of players: 1
Status of prototype(s): Prototype improperly dumped

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Jim Power: The Arcade Game is an unreleased Sega Mega Drive platform game developed by Loriciel.

Gameplay

Despite its name, there was not an arcade release of Jim Power - it is in fact a re-tooled version of the 1993 Super NES/IBM PC game, Jim Power: The Lost Dimension in 3D (which itself is an update to the earlier 1992 releaseJim Power In Mutant Planet for home computers).

The Arcade Game was planned to be essentially the same game as Lost Dimension in 3D, however the stages utilising the Super NES' "Mode 7" effects were replaced with simpler 2D shoot-'em-up stages. There have also been numerous tweaks to make the game easier, as Jim Power games are notoriously difficult.

The player controls Jim Power, where A makes him shoot, B makes him jump and C can wipe out all enemies on screen, provided you have enough bombs. There are a number of weapon upgrades too.

The glaring omission from this Mega Drive port, and indeed most versions of the game, is the dropped support for anaglyph 3D glasses, allowing the Super NES version to obtain a pseudo-3D look (and hence gain the name "Lost Dimension in 3D"; a pair is even included in the SNES version's box). Advertising and media coverage suggests that the feature was planned to appear in the Mega Drive game in some form, but it is unknown whether any compatible builds were created.

History

Development

The game was cancelled due to Loriciel having financial troubles, however a prototype has since surfaced on the internet showing that Jim Power: The Arcade Game was very close to completion. There is only one music track in the game, which was intended for stage 3, however all the levels can be played and the game can be beaten.

In 2014, Piko Interactive acquired the rights and assets for the game[4] with the intention of releasing the game in a physical cartridge. That has however not happened as of May 2017[5].

Magazine articles

Main article: Jim Power: The Arcade Game/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

GamePlayers US 0612.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Game Players (US) #0612: "Vol. 6 No. 12 December 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • GamePro (US) #54: "January 1994" (199x-xx-xx)More...[6]

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1 38adc1f792b06637e109d4b76fbfbf57623faf3b
1MB 1992-07 Has Street Smart header; apparently corrupt Download.svg (518 kB) i

References

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NEC Retro has more information related to Jim Power in "Mutant Planet".