Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine

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Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine
Publisher: Rocket Science Games
System(s): Sega Mega-CD
Genre: Shooting

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega-CD
$? T-153015
Sega Mega-CD
R$69.99 063486

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Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine is a Sega Mega-CD full motion video rail shoot-'em-up game. It was only released in North America.


Loadstar borrows a similar gameplay style from the earlier Mega-CD game, Sewer Shark - quite literally "on rails", the player takes the roll of Tully Bodine, piloting his ship called the "Loadstar" to various destinations. Gameplay consists of turning left or right at junctions, and occasionally moving a crosshair to shoot down nearby enemies.

If the player does not crash and is not destroyed, Loadstar takes roughly 50 minutes to complete (including FMV sequences).



Having invested in Rocket Science Games, Sega demanded that Loadstar was released on the Mega-CD first, despite the console's shortcomings when it came to rendering FMV footage[1].

Through the eyes of senior developer Brian Moriarty, many of the staff being Loadstar were attempting to use the project to better their chances of getting into film production for Hollywood. Very few were knowledgeable when it came to video games, to the point where CEO Steve Blank would not even let his children play video games at the time[1].

Moriarty suggests Loadstar did the minimum to get past Sega's quality standards, and was hated by Sega's staff[1].

Magazine articles

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Promotional material

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Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
83 №40, p150[6]
39 №27, p112[7]
40 №1, p98[8]
40 №50, p101[9]
Sega Mega-CD
Based on
4 reviews

Mega-CD, US
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Loadstar mcd us manual.pdf
Mega-CD, BR
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Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega-CD
657,678,000 CD (BR) 063486