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[3] 1131
Sega Mega Drive
SE
(Rental)
Sega Mega Drive
BR
Wii Virtual Console
JP
600pts600[6]
CERO: B

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Phelios (フェリオス) is a Sega Mega Drive shoot-'em-up developed by Namco. First published in Japan by Namco in July 1990, it was brought to the United States by the same publisher later that October, and eventually published in Europe in December 1991. The game is a port of the developer's titular 1988 arcade shoot-'em-up Phelios.

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
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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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0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
60
[7]
Ação Games (BR)
83
[8]
Complete Guide to Consoles (UK)
70
[9]
Complete Guide to Consoles (UK)
77
[10]
The Complete Guide to Sega (UK)
77
[11]
Consoles + (FR)
70
[12]
Console XS (UK) PAL
60
[13]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
83
[2]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
60
[14]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
73
[15]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
84
[16]
Famicom Hisshoubon (JP) NTSC-J
50
[17]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
82
[18]
Joypad (FR)
84
[19]
Joystick (FR)
79
[20]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK)
80
[21]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
71
[22]
Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
79
[23]
Mega Force (FR) NTSC
80
[24]
MegaTech (UK)
77
[25]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
70
[26]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
73
[27]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
77
[28]
Player One (FR)
84
[29]
Play Time (DE)
66
[30]
Power Play (DE)
74
[31]
Sega Power (UK) NTSC
50
[32]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
51
[33]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
60
[34]
Sega Pro (UK)
56
[35]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
64
[36]
Supersonic (FR)
86
[37]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
64
[38]
User (GR) NTSC
91
[39]
Sega Mega Drive
72
Based on
34 reviews

Phelios

Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
50x50px
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
Phelios MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Phelios MD EU Manual.jpg
Manual
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

Mega Drive, BR
Phelios md br cover.jpg
Cover
PheliosMDBRCartTop.jpg
Phelios MD BR Cart.jpg
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. 2.0 2.1 Electronic Gaming Monthly, "October 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 75
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Sega Power, "January 1992" (UK; 1991-12-05), page 11
  4. Supergame, "Setembro 1991" (BR; 1991-09-xx), page 36
  5. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/vc/software/07.html (Wayback Machine: 2018-03-05 23:01)
  6. http://vc.sega.jp:80/vc_phelios/ (Wayback Machine: 2008-04-21 16:54)
  7. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-xx-xx), page 175
  8. Ação Games, "Setembro 1991" (BR; 1991-09-xx), page 23
  9. Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume III" (UK; 1990-08-xx), page 77
  10. Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume IV" (UK; 1990-11-xx), page 34
  11. The Complete Guide to Sega, "" (UK; 1991-05-xx), page 48
  12. Consoles +, "Juin 1992" (FR; 1992-0x-xx), page 94
  13. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 132
  14. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 346
  15. Famitsu, "" (JP; 1990-xx-xx), page 1
  16. GamePro, "November 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 98
  17. Famicom Hisshoubon, "1990-14 (1990-07-20)" (JP; 1990-07-06), page 13
  18. Hobby Consolas, "Mayo 1992" (ES; 1992-0x-xx), page 112
  19. Joypad, "Mars 1992" (FR; 1992-02-1x), page 140
  20. Joystick, "Septembre 1990" (FR; 1990-0x-xx), page 89
  21. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "September 1992" (UK; 1992-xx-xx), page 81
  22. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 93
  23. Mega Drive Fan, "October 1990" (JP; 1990-09-08), page 79
  24. Mega Force, "Novembre 1991" (FR; 1991-11-19), page 81
  25. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 79
  26. MegaTech, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-20), page 38
  27. Micromanía (segunda época), "Abril 1992" (ES; 1992-0x-xx), page 38
  28. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 140
  29. Player One, "Janvier 1992" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 50
  30. Play Time, "4/92" (DE; 1992-03-04), page 88
  31. Power Play, "10/90" (DE; 1990-09-14), page 132
  32. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 54
  33. Sega Power, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-02), page 30
  34. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 66
  35. Sega Pro, "December 1991" (UK; 1991-11-21), page 68
  36. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 87
  37. Supersonic, "Mai/Juin 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 14
  38. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-xx-xx), page 135
  39. User, "Fevrouários 1991" (GR; 1991-0x-xx), page 66


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