Skeleton Krew

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

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
T-115036
ESRB: Kids to Adults
Sega Mega Drive
EU
T-115036-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Mega Drive
PT
Sega Mega Drive
AU
OFLC: M15
Sega Mega Drive
BR
051120
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, and a Sega Mega-CD version was planned for February 1995[2], but did not materialise.

Gameplay

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

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

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
90 [4]
82 [5]
Sega Mega Drive
86
Based on
2 reviews
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
60
[6]
CD Consoles (FR)
44
[7]
Consoles + (FR)
88
[8]
Cool Gamer (RU)
70
[9]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
82
[10]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
71
[11]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
60
[12]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 3 (RU)
60
[13]
GameFan (US) NTSC-U
95
[14]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
73
[15]
Joypad (FR)
83
[16]
Mega (UK) PAL
83
[17]
Mega Fun (DE)
82
[18]
Mega Play (US) NTSC-U
80
[19]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
83
[20]
Player One (FR)
85
[21]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
86
[22]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
91
[23]
Sega Mega Drive Review (RU)
74
[24]
Tricks (RU)
74
[25]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
66
[26]
Ultimate Gamer (US)
80
[27]
VideoGames (US) NTSC-U
90
[28]
Sega Mega Drive
77
Based on
23 reviews

Skeleton Krew

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
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Cart
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PCB
Mega Drive, PT
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Cover
Mega Drive, AU
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Cover
Mega Drive, BR
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Cover
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Cart

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)

References

  1. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "May 1995" (US; 1995-0x-xx), page 125
  2. VideoGames, "February 1995" (US; 1995-0x-xx), page 54
  3. Sega Magazine, "March 1995" (UK; 1995-02-15), page 100
  4. Games World: The Magazine, "May 1995" (UK; 1995-xx-xx), page 79
  5. Sega Magazine, "March 1995" (UK; 1995-02-15), page 88/89 (88)
  6. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-xx-xx), page 274
  7. CD Consoles, "Février 1995" (FR; 1995-xx-xx), page 136
  8. Consoles +, "Juillet/Août 1995" (FR; 1995-0x-xx), page 118
  9. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 189
  10. Computer & Video Games, "March 1995" (UK; 1995-02-15), page 70
  11. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "May 1995" (US; 1995-0x-xx), page 34
  12. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 357
  13. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 3, "" (RU; 2000-xx-xx), page 242
  14. GameFan, "Volume 3, Issue 3: March 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 18
  15. GamePro, "June 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 56
  16. Joypad, "Juillet/Août 1995" (FR; 1995-0x-xx), page 59
  17. Mega, "March 1995" (UK; 1995-02-28), page 12
  18. Mega Fun, "06/95" (DE; 1995-05-24), page 74
  19. Mega Play, "June/July 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 48
  20. Mean Machines Sega, "April 1995" (UK; 1995-02-28), page 71
  21. Player One, "Mars 1995" (FR; 1995-0x-xx), page 94
  22. Sega Power, "April 1995" (UK; 1995-02-16), page 46
  23. Sega Pro, "April 1995" (UK; 1995-02-23), page 58
  24. Sega Mega Drive Review, "2" (RU; 1995-xx-xx), page 126
  25. Tricks, "5/95" (RU; 1995-xx-xx), page 28
  26. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-xx-xx), page 163
  27. Ultimate Gamer, "July 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 88
  28. VideoGames, "July 1995" (US; 1995-0x-xx), page 60