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

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

Main article: Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine/Magazine articles.

Promotional material


GamePro US 064.pdf

Print advert in
GamePro (US) #64: "November 1994" (1994-xx-xx)

EGM US 065.pdfEGM US 065.pdf

Print advert in
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #65: "December 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Next Generation (US) #1: "Premiere Issue 1995" (1994-12-08)[2]
  • GamePro (US) #66: "January 1995" (199x-xx-xx)[3]
  • VideoGames (US) #72: "January 1995" (199x-xx-xx)[4]

Edge UK 016.pdfEdge UK 016.pdf

Print advert in
Edge (UK) #16: "January 1995" (1994-11-24)
also published in:
  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #158: "January 1995" (1994-12-15)[5]

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
Loadstar MCD US Box Back.jpgLoadstar MCD US Box Front.jpg
Loadstar mcd us disc.jpg
Loadstar mcd us manual.pdf
Mega-CD, BR
Loadstar MCD BR Box Back.jpgNospine.pngLoadstar MCD BR Box Front.jpg


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 File:NextGeneration US 40.pdf, page 46
  2. File:NextGeneration US 01.pdf, page 16
  3. File:GamePro US 066.pdf, page 4
  4. File:VideoGames US 72.pdf, page 14
  5. File:CVG UK 158.pdf, page 2
  6. File:ConsolesPlus FR 040.pdf, page 150
  7. File:MeanMachinesSega27UK.pdf, page 112
  8. File:NextGeneration US 01.pdf, page 104
  9. File:PlayerOne FR 050.pdf, page 99