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|System(s): Sega Mega Drive|
|Publisher: Electronic Arts (US/EU), Electronic Arts Victor (JP)|
|Developer: Electronic Arts, Dinamic Software, Zeus Software|
|Number of players: 1|
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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 , , or to play a level. fires a weapon at enemies, bags, and treasure chests. jumps. is for using keys. Coins left behind by enemies, and other items (such as treasure chest contents) must be picked up by pressing 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.
|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)|
- 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
- Main article: Risky Woods/Magazine articles.
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- GamesMaster, "January 1993" (UK; 1992-12-03), page 14
- Sega Force, "February 1993" (UK; 1993-01-14), page 97
- Mean Machines Sega, "December 1992" (UK; 1992-11-xx), page 122
- Sega Visions, "November/December 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 93
- GamePro, "May 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 65
- Beep! MegaDrive, "March 1993" (JP; 1993-02-08), page 20 (22)
- Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 85 (87)
- Consoles +, "Février 1993" (FR; 1993-xx-xx), page 68/69 (68)
- Computer & Video Games, "February 1993" (UK; 1993-01-15), page 78
- Joypad, "Décembre 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 94/95 (94)
- Joystick, "Janvier 1993" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 237
- Mega, "January 1993" (UK; 1992-12-17), page 60
- Mean Machines Sega, "December 1992" (UK; 1992-11-xx), page 122-124 (122)
- Player One, "Décembre 1992" (FR; 1992-12-10), page 141 (137)
- Sega Power, "March 1993" (UK; 1993-02-04), page 42/43 (42)
- Sega Force, "February 1993" (UK; 1993-01-14), page 96/97 (96)
- Supersonic, "Février 1993" (FR; 1993-xx-xx), page 21 (17)