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Pier Solar and the Great Architects

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Pier Solar and the Great Architects
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Dreamcast
Publisher:
Developer:
Peripherals supported:
Sega Dreamcast
Visual Memory Unit, Dreamcast VGA Box
Genre: RPG































Number of players: 1
Official in-game languages:
Sega Mega Drive
  • English
  • Français
  • Deutsch
  • Español
  • Português
  • Sega Dreamcast
  • English
  • Français
  • Deutsch
  • Español
  • Português
  • 日本語
  • Release Date RRP Code
    Sega Mega Drive
    World
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    Sega Dreamcast
    World
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    Pier Solar and the Great Architects (ピエアソーラーと偉大なる建築家) is an independently developed Sega Mega Drive game, released worldwide in December 2010 by Watermelon, a group of developers from the Mega Drive homebrew and research scene. It is a turn-based RPG, and, at 8 megabytes (64 megabits) in size means it is currently the second largest Sega Mega Drive game available.

    History

    Legacy

    It is the first internationally commercially released Mega Drive game since 2002's Mega Games 10 (not counting Super Fighter Team's releases, which have all been translations of games released in the 1990s).

    The game ships for $35 USD and has a clamshell case with a choice of three cover arts which resemble those used by Sega in Japan, North America and Europe towards the end of the Mega Drive's lifespan. Also included is a 24-page full colour instruction manual and a "MEGA Soundtrack Booster CD", containing the game's soundtrack, which, if the player has a Sega Mega-CD attached, can be used as an alternate source of the game's music during gameplay (however it is not a standalone Mega-CD game). 500 "Posterity Packs" were also sold, with buyers receiving their names in the game's credits and instruction booklet.

    For the pre-order, each region received three different languages:

    • USA: English, Spanish, Portuguese
    • Europe: English, French, German
    • Japan: English, French, Spanish (a Japanese translation was in progress, but abandoned due to lack of enough people; in the end only the manual was translated)

    Reprints only have English, French, and German.

    Sequels and re-releases

    In late 2012 a Kickstarter project by WaterMelon was launched with the goal of funding an HD version of the game. 3,519 backers pledged $231,370 USD to the project (whose target was $139,000 USD), leading to development of a Sega Dreamcast version of the game.

    It was released for Windows, Linux and OS X through the Steam platform, Sony PlayStation 3 and Sony PlayStation 4, in 30 September 2014. A version for the Ouya console was released in October 2014[2]; while Nintendo Wii U and Xbox One versions were delayed to November 2014 due to pending certifications.

    The game also received a DVD version for Windows, Linux and OS X, in November 2015[3].

    Magazine articles

    Main article: Pier Solar and the Great Architects/Magazine articles.

    Physical scans

    Mega Drive version

    Mega Drive, US
    PierSolar MD US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngPierSolar MD US Box.jpg
    Cover
    Mega Drive, US, Posterity Pack

    Mega Drive, EU
    PierSolar MD EU Box Back.jpgNospine.pngPierSolar MD EU Box.jpg
    Cover
    PierSolar MD EU Cart.jpg
    Cart
    Mega Drive, EU, Posterity Pack

    Mega Drive, JP
    PierSolar MD JP Box Back.jpgNospine.pngPierSolar MD JP Box.jpg
    Cover
    PierSolar MD JP Cart Back.jpgPierSolar MD JP Cart.jpg
    Cart
    Mega Drive, JP, Posterity Pack

    Mega Drive, US, Reprint 1
    PierSolar MD Box Back Reprint1.jpgNospine.pngPierSolar MD Box Reprint1.jpg
    Cover
    Mega Drive, EU, Reprint 1

    Mega Drive, JP, Reprint 1

    Mega Drive, US, Reprint 2

    Mega Drive, EU, Reprint 2

    Mega Drive, JP, Reprint 2

    Dreamcast version

    Dreamcast, US

    Dreamcast, EU

    Dreamcast, JP

    External links

    References