Phelios

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Phelios
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Virtual Console
Publisher: Namco (Japan, US), Sega (Europe)
Developer:
Original system(s): Namco System II
Sound driver: Namco sound driver
Genre: Shooting[1]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥5,8005,800 T-14013
Sega Mega Drive
US
14016
Sega Mega Drive
EU
1131
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.9934.99[4] 1131
Sega Mega Drive
SE
(Rental)
Sega Mega Drive
BR
Wii Virtual Console
JP
600pts600[7]
CERO: B
Non-Sega versions

Phelios (フェリオス) is a Sega Mega Drive vertical shoot-'em-up game developed by Namco. A port of the developer's titular 1988 arcade shoot-'em-up Phelios, it was first published in Japan by Namco themselves in July 1990, with the company bringing the title to the United States the following October. Later in December 1991, the game also received a European release courtesy of Sega.

Story

Apollo, the god of the sun, sets off on the legendary winged horse Pegasus to rescue his lover Artemis, the goddess of the moon. Artemis has been turned to stone by the monstrous Medusa and imprisoned by the Titan Typhon.

The game is inspired by but diverges significantly from Greek mythology, where Artemis is goddess of the hunt and the twin sister of Apollo.

Gameplay

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Artemis

The game is a vertically scrolling shooter played as Apollo, who is mounted upon the back of his winged horse Pegasus. At the end of every stage, Apollo enters a temple and must defeat a boss character from Greek myth. Once he has done so, he proceeds to an enchanted mirror at the back of the temple, where he receives a vision of Artemis, before the game segues into the next stage. Apollo fires light beams from his sword, Phelios, with A, B, or C. Holding the fire button charges the sword; releasing it fires a larger and more powerful fireball depending on how long the weapon is charged. Apollo can obtain up to two options that augment his fire. Collecting the letters "PHELIOS" in the last stage empowers Apollo's charged attack for the final boss.

Apollo starts with three hit points and loses one when he takes damage from an enemy. He dies if he loses all of his hit points but respawns at predetermined checkpoint if the player has lives remaining. The game ends if the player runs out of lives. There are two selectable difficulty levels, Novice and Advanced. Only the first four stages are playable on Novice difficulty. The player gains an extra life every 20,000 points in Novice difficulty and every 50,000 points in Advanced difficulty. Completing the game unlocks an additional Expert difficulty level.

Items

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Fully charged sword
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Golden Owl
Destroy to release an item.
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Speed Up
Increases the movement speed of Pegasus.
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Option
Creates a diamond of light that follows Apollo and augments his fire. Apollo can have up to 2 options at a time.
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Beam
Replaces Apollo's light beam with large, rapid-fire waves.
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Homing
Makes Apollo's light beam home in on enemies.
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Across
Augments Apollo's fire with triangular projectiles that bounce off obstacles.
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Life
Restores one hit point to Apollo, up to a maximum of 4.
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Golden Medallion
These appear on the last stage. Destroy to release either a blank item or one of the letters in PHELIOS.
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Blank
No effect.
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PHELIOS
Collect all seven letters to replace Apollo's charged attack with a larger and more powerful beam before facing Typhon.

Stages

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Devil in Delos
The boss is Medusa.

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Death Dungeon
The bosses are the Graeae.

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Blue Parboleos
The boss is the Siren.

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Fire Devildom
The boss is Antaeus.

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Icebound Soul
The boss is Scylla.

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Watchdog in Hell
The boss is Cerberus.

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The Temple of Typhon
The boss is Typhon.

Versions

The arcade version uses plenty of zoom and rotation effects, which could mostly not be replicated in the Mega Drive version due to hardware limitations. Stage layouts, enemy, and boss behaviour are significantly different between the arcade version and the Mega Drive version. Namco's other shooting game, Dangerous Seed, was also subdued to such a remixing process.

For unknown reasons, the Mega Drive port shows only English text in all versions. However, the Japanese version has Japanese voice acting while the others have English.

Production credits

  • Programmer: Hiroki.A
  • Game Planner: Saturo.Y
  • Graphic Designer: Nobuhiko.A, Hiroshi.K
  • Sound Designer: Yoshinori.K
  • Translator: Ritaro.O
  • Programmer (Arcade): Masayoshi.T
  • Special Thanks: Atsushi.W, Takatoshi.K
Source:
In-game credits
Phelios MD credits.pdf
[8]

Magazine articles

Main article: Phelios/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Phelios MD US Flyer.pdf

PDF
US flyer
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Print advert in GamePro (US) #18: "January 1991" (199x-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
60
[9]
Ação Games (BR)
83
[10]
Complete Guide to Consoles (UK)
70
[11]
Complete Guide to Consoles (UK)
77
[12]
The Complete Guide to Sega (UK)
77
[13]
Consoles + (FR)
70
[14]
Console XS (UK) PAL
60
[15]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
83
[3]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
60
[16]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
73
[17]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
84
[18]
Famicom Hisshoubon (JP) NTSC-J
50
[19]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
82
[20]
Joypad (FR)
84
[21]
Joystick (FR)
79
[22]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK)
80
[23]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
71
[24]
Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
79
[25]
Mega Force (FR) NTSC
80
[26]
MegaTech (UK)
77
[27]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
70
[28]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
73
[29]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
77
[30]
Player One (FR)
84
[31]
Play Time (DE)
66
[32]
Power Play (DE)
74
[33]
Sega Power (UK) NTSC
50
[34]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
51
[35]
Sega Pro (UK)
56
[36]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
60
[37]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
64
[38]
Supersonic (FR)
86
[39]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
64
[40]
User (GR) NTSC
91
[41]
Sega Mega Drive
72
Based on
34 reviews

Phelios

Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
Phelios MD JP Manual.pdf
Manual
50x50px
Reg Card
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PCB
Mega Drive, US
Phelios MD US Box.jpg
Cover
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Cart
Phelios MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
Phelios MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
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Cart
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Manual
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

Mega Drive, BR
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Cover
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Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 11c79320
MD5 ab720f3ec45423c794403e9830a00032
SHA-1 c2e34b7eb411ac78bb480e30434808b2ae4989ea
512kB 1990-03 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 13abc2b2
MD5 049dd9663d4a19d241e78e7eaffc8b2b
SHA-1 5b95529dd491266648134f1808f4da55a2ab9296
512kB 1991-07 Cartridge (EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 94596174
MD5 9de042308ba18ecbc622556f5b9b81a0
SHA-1 9834c9963debebb6ee80ffac4191ff260b85e511
512kB 1990-03 Cartridge (JP)

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software_l.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-02 23:21)
  2. https://groups.google.com/g/rec.games.video/c/eULXOXGZDgU/m/mf7VfzCouw0J
  3. 3.0 3.1 Electronic Gaming Monthly, "October 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 75
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Sega Power, "January 1992" (UK; 1991-12-05), page 11
  5. Supergame, "Setembro 1991" (BR; 1991-09-xx), page 36
  6. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/vc/software/07.html (Wayback Machine: 2018-03-05 23:01)
  7. http://vc.sega.jp:80/vc_phelios/ (Wayback Machine: 2008-04-21 16:54)
  8. File:Phelios MD credits.pdf
  9. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 175
  10. Ação Games, "Setembro 1991" (BR; 1991-09-xx), page 23
  11. Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume III" (UK; 1990-08-xx), page 77
  12. Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume IV" (UK; 1990-11-xx), page 34
  13. The Complete Guide to Sega, "" (UK; 1991-05-xx), page 48
  14. Consoles +, "Juin 1992" (FR; 1992-0x-xx), page 94
  15. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 132
  16. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 346
  17. Famitsu, "" (JP; 1990-xx-xx), page 1
  18. GamePro, "November 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 98
  19. Famicom Hisshoubon, "1990-14 (1990-07-20)" (JP; 1990-07-06), page 13
  20. Hobby Consolas, "Mayo 1992" (ES; 1992-0x-xx), page 112
  21. Joypad, "Mars 1992" (FR; 1992-02-1x), page 140
  22. Joystick, "Septembre 1990" (FR; 1990-0x-xx), page 89
  23. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "September 1992" (UK; 1992-xx-xx), page 81
  24. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 93
  25. Mega Drive Fan, "October 1990" (JP; 1990-09-08), page 79
  26. Mega Force, "Novembre 1991" (FR; 1991-11-19), page 81
  27. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 79
  28. MegaTech, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-20), page 38
  29. Micromanía (segunda época), "Abril 1992" (ES; 1992-0x-xx), page 38
  30. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 140
  31. Player One, "Janvier 1992" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 50
  32. Play Time, "4/92" (DE; 1992-03-04), page 88
  33. Power Play, "10/90" (DE; 1990-09-14), page 132
  34. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 54
  35. Sega Power, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-02), page 30
  36. Sega Pro, "December 1991" (UK; 1991-11-21), page 68
  37. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 66
  38. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 87
  39. Supersonic, "Mai/Juin 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 14
  40. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 135
  41. User, "Fevrouários 1991" (GR; 1991-0x-xx), page 66


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