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Phelios
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Virtual Console
Publisher: Namco
Developer:
Original system(s): Namco System II
Sound driver: Namco sound driver
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up






























Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥5,800 T-14013
Sega Mega Drive
US
$? 14016
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.99[2] 1131
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F 1131
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? 1131
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas 1131
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? ?



Wii Virtual Console
JP
600pts
CERO: B

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Phelios (フェリオス) is a 1988 arcade shoot-'em-up by Namco ported to the Sega Mega Drive in 1990.

Story

Typhon kidnapped Artemis while she was riding Pegasus, imprisoned her, and had Medusa turn her to stone. You play as Apollo, who mounts Pegasus and comes to Artemis's rescue.

Gameplay

A, B, and C all act identically. Pressing the button fires a regular shot; holding it down charges your shot. Powerups are collected just like in any other shmup (grabbing them as they come out of enemies).

Versions

  • The arcade version uses plenty of zoom and rotation effects, which could mostly not be replicated in the Sega Mega Drive version due to hardware limitations.
  • Stage layouts, enemy and boss behaviour are significantly different between the arcade version and the Sega 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 have Japanese voice acting while the others have the English one.

Magazine articles

Main article: Phelios/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Phelios MD US Flyer.pdf

PDF
US flyer

GamePro US 018.pdf

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

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
83 [6]
64 [7]
70 №3, p77
77 [8]
70 [9]
83 №1999, p134
73 №106, [1]
85 [10]
50 №1990-14, p13
82 №8, p112/113
84 [11]
79 №8, p89
81 [12]
71 №5, p93
77 [13]
70 [14]
84 [15]
60 [16]
51 №27, p30/31
56 [17]
60 №18, p66
86 [18]
Sega Mega Drive
73
Based on
22 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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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
Phelios MD EU Manual.jpg
Manual
Mega Drive, JP
Phelios MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
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Phelios MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
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)

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