Risky Woods

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Risky Woods
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Electronic Arts (US/EU), Electronic Arts Victor (JP)
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥8,9008,900 EM20006
Sega Mega Drive
$49.9549.95[5] 715601
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Risky Woods, known as Jashin Draxos (邪神ドラクソス) in Japan, is a 1992 side-scrolling platformer developed by Electronic Arts, Dinamic Software, and Zeus Software and published by Electronic Arts for various home computers and the Sega Mega Drive, with some regions seeing an early 1993 release likely due to the late completion of the game. It is Dinamic's only Mega Drive game and the last game they would develop before going bankrupt. The Sega Mega Drive has some deliberate changes that make it different from other releases.


Rohan is the lone controllable character, a traveler who must free the monks of the Lost Lands who have been turned to stone. Before each level is a side-scrolling map screen; use A, B, or C to play a level. A fires a weapon at enemies, bags, and treasure chests. B jumps. C is for using keys. Coins left behind by enemies, and other items (such as treasure chest contents) must be picked up by pressing Down to crouch.

Statues block the path through the (fairly linear) stages and can only be removed by collecting circle-shaped keys. Each statue then plays a random sequence of up, down, left and right prompts. The player must memorize these and replay them in the correct order to destroy the statue.

The default weapon is a dagger, though other weapons may be found throughout each level. There is a time limit to complete each level. Rohan can obtain a silver and later a gold armour by accumulating enough points. The silver armor lowers the damage received from attacks, while the gold armor makes Rohan almost invincble, as Rohan drops coins instead of losing health.


Compared to the home computer versions:

  • Rohan has a different outfit, both in-game and in the ending.
  • The armor system is completely new.
  • The puzzles required to destroy the statues were also added for the Mega Drive version.

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English Risky Woods Risky Woods
English (US) Risky Woods Risky Woods
Japanese Jashin Draxos (邪神ドラクソス)

Production credits

  • By: Steve Wetherill
  • Original Design: Ricardo Puerto, Raul Lopez
  • Musical Scores: Jason A. S. Whitely, Jose A. Martin
  • Product Testing: Rupert Easterbrook, Chris Johnson, Matthew Webster
  • Additional Graphics: James Savage
  • Quality Assurance: Richard Gallagher

Magazine articles

Main article: Risky Woods/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

BeepMD JP 1993-03.pdfBeepMD JP 1993-03.pdf

Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1993-03: "March 1993" (1993-02-08)


Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
55 [6]
37 [7]
83 [8]
79 [9]
78 [5]
20 №1993-03, p38
81 [10]
84 [11]
55 №6, p32/33
64 [12]
84 №12, p40/41
74 [13]
80 [14]
65 [15]
79 №16, p40/41
72 №18, p67
90 №2, p22-24
74 [16]
64 №18, p75
89 [17]
Sega Mega Drive
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Mega Drive, US
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Mega Drive, JP
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Mega Drive, BR
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Risky Woods MD BR Manual.pdf
Mega Drive, KR
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Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 d975e93c
MD5 7034bdcc1a0cb38e4d8fc3e44ace6c20
SHA-1 5664febf187d26274996c888778b0ff5268474f2
1MB 1992-12 Cartridge (US/EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 1ea07af2
MD5 32c09d5fe55a2f484d8b75d8b7833e8e
SHA-1 9652b8ed0e36ee17ef6c0b007ca3ad237c13a7a0
1MB 1993-02 Cartridge (JP)


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