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Skeleton Krew

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































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$? T-115036
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£? T-115036-50
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F T-115036-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? T-115036-50
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas T-115036-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? 051120




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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.

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

MeanMachinesSega30UK.pdf

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

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
44 №4, p136/137/138/139
88 №45, p118/119
82 №160, p70-71[3]
90 №11, p79
83 №44, p57
83 №30, p70/71[4]
85 №51, p94/95
82 №15, p88/89
86 №65, p46/47
91 №43, p58/59
80 №1, p88[5]
Sega Mega Drive
81
Based on
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