Rolo to the Rescue

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Rolo to the Rescue
Publisher: Electronic Arts (US/EU), Electronic Arts Victor (JP)
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥8,900 EM20008
Sega Mega Drive
$? 713201
Sega Mega Drive
EU (Classics)
€? EAX02401066I
Sega Mega Drive
£39.99[3][4] E138SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
DM 99,95[5] E138SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
?Ptas E138SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
R$? 042770

Rolo to the Rescue, called Zou! Zou! Zou! Rescue Daisakusen (ゾウ!ゾウ!ゾウ! レスキュー大作戦) in Japan, is a 1992 platformer developed by Electronic Arts and Vectordean and released by Electronic Arts for the Sega Mega Drive.


You play as Rolo, an elephant who must rescue his animal friends who have been locked up in cages scattered throughout various landscapes by poachers. You start out by choosing levels on a map screen. At the beginning of each level, you are told how many animals to rescue. Holding A runs. B jumps. Jump on poachers to kill them. Get hit by a poacher once to lose a life. Some poachers carry the keys to open cages; once you get the key, simply touch a cage to open it. The animal inside will follow you. Once all the animals are freed, find the exit sign to move on to the next level. By pressing Start, you can access a menu where you can choose between Rolo and the animals he has collected, each having their own ability:

  • Rabbit: jump higher
  • Beaver: survive water
  • Mole: dig through certain walls
  • Squirrel: climb walls

Some levels also contain vacuum cleaners; if Rolo collects these, he can hold C to suck items into his trunk; once something is in his trunk, let go of C, then press C to fire that item at an enemy.

Production credits

  • Programming: Alan McCarthy
  • Artwork: Leavon Archer
  • Additional Artwork: Sean Nicholls
  • Course Design: Steve Bak
  • Producer: Roland Kippenhan III
  • Executive Producer: Christopher Erhardt
  • Music/Sound FX: Phil Bak
  • Other Bits: Chris Sorrell

Magazine articles

Main article: Rolo to the Rescue/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
95 №135, p36-37[6]
84 №2, p66/67[7]
84 №16
82 №35, p188[8]
66 №6, p52/53
89 №5, p48/49[9]
92 №1, p65
89 №14, p46-49
80 №4, p78-80[4]
80 №28, p76/77[10]
88 №39, p42-45
72 №17, p53
89 №3, p34/35
93 №14, p98/99[11]
92 №7, p22/23[12]
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
15 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Mega Drive, EU
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Mega Drive, EU (EA Classics)
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Rolo md us cart.jpg
Mega Drive, JP
RttR MD JP Box.jpg
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RolototheRescue MD JP Cart.jpg
Rolo md jp manual.pdf
Mega Drive, BR
RttR MD BR Box.jpg
RttR MD BR Cart.jpg
Rolo md br manual.pdf
Mega Drive, KR


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