Skeleton Krew

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Skeleton Krew
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Core Design
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
Tectoy: Todas as Idades

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Skeleton Krew is an action game for the Sega Mega Drive. It was never released in Japan or Asia. It uses an isometric perspective. Being released late in the console life cycle, it features very detailed graphics and advanced effects such as sprite tilting and simulated floodlights (as seen in the opening). Versions for Amiga and Amiga CD32 were also released.


Three characters are available: Rib, Spine and Joint, representing the classical game archetypes of speed, power and balance type.

The directional keys are used to navigate, A and C turn the characters upper body while B fires the selected weapon. When the character doesn't fire, A is for selecting weapons and C is for jumping, although the jumps are severly lacking in height. A 6 button controll scheme was also implemented, mapping upper body rotation and jumping to different buttons.

Money and score items are scattered througout the game. Collecting 1000 points gives the player an extra life and resets the counter. Interestingly there are no other pickups, such as health restoring items (TODO?)

A password system is used to record progress.

Production credits

  • Graphics: James Ryman, Heather Gibson
  • Programming: Chris Long, Jason Gosling
  • Music and SFX: Nathan McCree
  • Level Design: Heather Gibson, Bob Churchill
  • Concept and Story: Guy Miller, James Ryman
  • Testing: Jamie Morton, Troy Horton, Darren Price, David Ward, Tiziano Cirillo
  • Produced by: Jeremy Smith

Magazine articles

Main article: Skeleton Krew/Magazine articles.

Promotional material


Print advert in Mean Machines Sega (UK) #30: "April 1995" (1995-02-28)
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Physical scans

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Mega Drive, US
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Mega Drive, EU
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Mega Drive, BR
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Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 c2e05acb
MD5 7e9a79a887c4edf56574d7a1cd72c5fd
SHA-1 2a6f6ea7d2fc1f3a396269f9455011ef95266ffc
2MB 1995-07 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 5f872737
MD5 7ded2700acc1715153f630fa266e0e89
SHA-1 9752fbd8508492dae252ae749393281ed9527de0
2MB 1995-03 Cartridge (EU)