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System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Mega-CD
Publisher: Psygnosis
Sega Mega Drive
SF Interactive Media (SE rental)
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
Krisalis sound driver
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
Videogame Rating Council: GA
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
£44.9944.99[4][5] T-113016-50
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega-CD
Videogame Rating Council: GA
Sega Mega-CD
Sega Mega-CD
DM 119.00119.00[11] T-113035-50
Sega Mega-CD
£44.9944.99[8][9] T-113035-50
Non-Sega versions

Puggsy is a Sega Mega Drive puzzle platform game developed by Traveller's Tales and published by Psygnosis. First released in Europe in June 1993 to moderate reception, it has since seen a modern reappraisal as one of the more clever and charming examples of the genre, and is notable for its high production values and unique object-based physics system dubbed "Total Object Interaction"[12] (abbreviated as TOI).

The following November, the company ported Puggsy to the Sega Mega-CD, boasting additional level and boss fights, a CD-quality soundtrack, and full-motion video cutscenes.


The portly orange alien Puggsy has crashed his spaceship on a strange planet, and has quickly had his ship stolen by the world's inhabitants. Determined to return home, he sets out to get his spaceship back.


The D-Pad is used to move around. By default, the C button jumps; while in mid-air, the player can press and hold Down to stomp on enemies (stomping is automatic in the Mega-CD version). To pick up an item, press B; to drop it, press B again; also, holding up or any diagonally upward direction then pressing B will throw the item upwards. A is used to interact with the item Puggsy is holding (e.g. while holding a shield, press A to gain invincibility). Multiple items can be stacked on top of each other and carried.

The general goal of each level is to reach the exit as directed by the arrow on the HUD, though in most cases, the player will need to solve puzzles and overcome hazards using whatever objects they encounter during a level, such as a key to open locked doors, a gun to shoot enemies with, water pistols to douse flames. Just about every type of item can be carried into the goal for bonus points and extra lives (up to five items can be carried into the goal at a time). Some levels may have alternate exits that will lead the player to secret levels should they be able to find them. Certain levels will end in boss fights, in which the player needs to find a solution in order to inflict damage to a boss.

In addition to the main game, there is also a Junior mode which presents the player with a short five-level game that helps the player get accustomed to the game's mechanics. The levels in this mode are simpler versions of the levels played in the main game. The Mega-CD version also adds a Time Trial mode, and allows the player to refight any defeated boss via the title screen.


Regular levels

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The Beach

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The Cove

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The Red Woods

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Redwood Keep

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The Light House

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Angeltier Falls

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Star Fall Lake

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Splinter Town

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Badger Mill

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Darkblade Forest

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Diamond Mines

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Darkskull Castle

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Fire Heart

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Aztec Temple

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Racrock Forge

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Raclantis Docks

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Raclantis Maze

Secret levels

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Treasure Trove

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Wabbits World

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Secret Tunnel

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A Hidden Place
This secret level is a simple room containing letter blocks that spell "THIS IS A SECRET ROOM", stacking specific letters on top of each other and carrying them to the exit can enable certain secret cheat codes.

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Lunar Jet Pug

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Star Fall Pool

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Puggs in Space

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Aztec Games

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Shell Shock

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Fair Ohs Tomb

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Wills World

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Never Mined

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Lee And Errr??

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The End of All


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Herman the Hermit
This boss is one of three bosses that is only fought in the Mega-CD version of the game, encountered at The Beach. Herman will attack by jumping up and down, and periodically blow bubbles containing shells. The player will have to pop the bubbles and drop the shells on Herman's head to hurt him.

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Polly Pirate
Fought at the end of The Cove, Polly jumps around firing at Puggsy. All Puggsy has to defend himself is the odd fish that gets washed up on deck. The player has to position Puggsy near the fish and fire it at Polly to inflict damage.

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The Emperor's Old Clothes
The boss of Redwood Keep attacks Puggsy by dropping his large hands onto him. To defeat him, the player has to position Puggsy on top of the switches embedded in the floor to open trapdoors in the ceiling above the boss, dropping balls on his head.

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Flour Power
The miller fought in Badger Mill will throw bags of flour at Puggsy. The player will have to use the levers where Puggsy is standing to operate the claw and grab the flour bags, then place them onto the conveyor belt to drop onto the miller.

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So Pharaoh So Good
Fought at the Pyramids, the pharaoh flies around in a large raccoon head-shaped ship and emerges from its nose, holding a plunger. To attack the pharaoh, the player must have Puggsy step on the pressure pads on the floor to fire a plunger at the pharaoh, while also taking care not to get hit by the plungers.

This boss is also the only boss fought in Junior mode.

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Darkskull Castle Guardian
This unnamed boss, encountered only in the Mega-CD version, is fought in Darkskull Castle. He is a mouse who wields a possessed sword that flies all around the castle with him hanging onto the hilt. The player has to avoid the sword and butt stomp the boss whenever he flies low.

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Halitosis the Dragon
This boss, fought in Fire Heart, attacks by tiptoeing back and forth and breathing out fire. The player must wait for him to stop attacking, sneak near him, and jump into his jaw to damage him.

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Racrock Forge Guardian
An unnamed mech that is fought in Racrock Forge in the Mega-CD version only. This boss fight sets itself apart from the other bosses in that it is an FMV with Puggsy's sprite overlayed on top of it. The mech flies around the room underneath the platform and tries to attack Puggsy using the flamethrowers attached to its arms. Puggsy cannot do anything to the boss, so he must avoid its attacks and survive until the room fills up with water and the boss eventually gives up and sinks.

Due to the FMV nature of this boss fight, the player cannot pause the game here, and Puggsy will die in two hits.

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If Looks Could Kill!
The final boss of the game and the king of the raccoons, who attacks Puggsy by trying to stomp on him, dropping mines in the room, and firing laser beams from his eyes, all of which the player must avoid. The only way to defeat the king is to stand beneath him when he is about to fire his lasers, then move away so the lasers bounce off the floor and directly back into his eyes.


In the United States, the Mega Drive and Mega-CD versions were released on the first day of Winter CES 1994: January 6th, 1994.[1]

Production credits

Mega Drive version

Puggsy has been Jamie Tested
Thanks to Martyn Chudley 4 Wiz n Liz stuff
Try to complete all 51 levels for extra ending
There are various hidden cheats if you can find the place to carry them out.
  • A big hi to: Chris Dave Mark Will Chaz Martyn Stu Phil and everyone else
In-game credits

Mega-CD version

Puggsy has been Jamie Tested
Thanks to Martyn Chudley 4 Wiz n Liz stuff
Try to complete all 51 levels for extra ending
There are various hidden cheats if you can find the place to carry them out.
  • A big hi to: Chris Dave Mark Will Chaz Martyn Stu Phil and everyone else
And Remember That:
11125 SQRD MINUS 181
13307 SQRD MINUS 712
21385x21386 SUB 1875
is a silly maths question
Special thanks to Fiona for all her support and great cooking
In-game credits
Puggsy MCD credits.pdf

Magazine articles

Main article: Puggsy/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: Puggsy/Promotional material.

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
Consoles + (FR) PAL
Computer & Video Games (UK) PAL
Computer + Video Giochi (IT) PAL
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 7 (RU)
Gamers (DE)
GamesMaster (UK) PAL
Hyper (AU)
Joypad (FR) PAL
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
Mega (UK) PAL
Mega Action (UK) PAL
Megablast (DE) PAL
Mega Force (FR)
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
Mega Play (US) NTSC-U
MegaTech (UK) PAL
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
Player One (FR) PAL
Power Unlimited (NL)
Score (CZ)
Sega Magazin (DE)
Sega Power (UK) PAL
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
Świat Gier Komputerowych (PL)
Todo Sega (ES) PAL
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
Video Games (DE) PAL
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
30 reviews


Mega Drive, US
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Puggsy MD US manual.pdf
Mega Drive, EU
Puggsy MD EU Box.jpg
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Puggsy MD EU Manual.pdf
Mega Drive, SE rental (SF)
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Mega-CD version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
88 [43]
87 [44]
Sega Mega-CD
Based on
3 reviews
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
Gamers (DE)
Joypad (FR) PAL
Mega (UK) PAL
Mega Action (UK) PAL
Mega Force (FR) PAL
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
Sega Power (UK) PAL
VideoGames (US) NTSC-U
Sega Mega-CD
Based on
11 reviews


Mega-CD, US
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Puggsy mcd us manual.pdf
Mega-CD, EU
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Technical information

Main article: Puggsy/Technical information.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Press release: 1994-01-06: PSYGNOSIS RELEASES PUGGSY FOR SEGA GENESIS AND SEGA CD
  2. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "July 1993" (UK; 1993-05-27), page 33
  3. Computer Trade Weekly, "" (UK; 1993-11-15), page 2
  4. 4.0 4.1 Computer & Video Games, "November 1993" (UK; 1993-10-15), page 95
  5. Mega Power, "November 1993" (UK; 1993-10-21), page 65
  6. Hyper, "December 1993" (AU; 1993-xx-xx), page 9
  7. Megazone, "November 1993" (AU; 1993-11-03), page 39
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Mean Machines Sega, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-11-30), page 86
  9. 9.0 9.1 Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 10
  10. Computer Trade Weekly, "" (UK; 1994-01-31), page 2
  11. Play Time, "Sonderheft 1/94" (DE; 1994-03-30), page 25
  12. File:Puggsy MD EU Manual.pdf, page 28
  13. File:Puggsy MCD credits.pdf
  14. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2001-xx-xx), page 181
  15. Consoles +, "Septembre 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 108
  16. Computer + Video Giochi, "Novembre 1993" (IT; 1993-xx-xx), page 80
  17. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "December 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 47
  18. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 7, "" (RU; 2001-xx-xx), page 235
  19. Gamers, "März/April 1994" (DE; 1994-03-04), page 44
  20. GamesMaster, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-08-19), page 74
  21. Hyper, "January 1994" (AU; 199x-xx-xx), page 56
  22. Joypad, "Septembre 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 64
  23. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "July 1993" (UK; 1993-05-27), page 32
  24. Mega, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-08-19), page 42
  25. Mega Action, "October 1993" (UK; 1993-09-09), page 29
  26. Megablast, "1/94" (DE; 1993-12-29), page 32
  27. Mega Force, "Septembre 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 104
  28. Mega Fun, "12/93" (DE; 1993-11-24), page 48
  29. Mega Play, "December 1993" (US; 1993-1x-xx), page 76
  30. MegaTech, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-08-20), page 80
  31. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1993" (UK; 1993-08-28), page 81
  32. Player One, "Novembre 1993" (FR; 1993-1x-xx), page 108
  33. Power Unlimited, "Jaargang 2, Nummer 1, Januari 1994" (NL; 1993-12-29), page 31
  34. Score, "Cervenec 1994" (CZ; 1994-07-01), page 56
  35. Sega Magazin, "November/Dezember 1993" (DE; 1993-11-03), page 68
  36. Sega Power, "December 1993" (UK; 1993-11-xx), page 76
  37. Sega Pro, "December 1993" (UK; 1993-11-11), page 32
  38. Sega Zone, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-08-xx), page 60
  39. Świat Gier Komputerowych, "11/1994" (PL; 1994-xx-xx), page 1
  40. Todo Sega, "Diciembre 1993" (ES; 1993-1x-xx), page 68
  41. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 139
  42. Video Games, "12/93" (DE; 1993-11-22), page 104
  43. GamesMaster, "February 1994" (UK; 1994-01-20), page 38
  44. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "December 1993" (UK; 1993-xx-xx)
  45. GamePro, "April 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 46
  46. Gamers, "Mai/Juni 1994" (DE; 1994-05-06), page 45
  47. Joypad, "Février 1994" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 82
  48. MAN!AC, "05/94" (DE; 1994-04-13), page 49
  49. Mega, "February 1994" (UK; 1994-01-20), page 37
  50. Mega Action, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-30), page 46
  51. Mega Force, "Décembre 1993" (FR; 1993-12-10), page 122
  52. Mega Fun, "05/94" (DE; 1994-04-20), page 109
  53. Sega Power, "April 1994" (UK; 1994-03-03), page 40
  54. VideoGames, "April 1994" (US; 1994-0x-xx), page 82


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