Stormlord

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Stormlord
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: RazorSoft (US), Micro World (Japan)
Developer:
Developer(s) of original games: Hewson Consultants
Sound driver: RazorSoft sound driver
Genre: Action[2][3]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,8006,800 T-49113
Sega Mega Drive
US
$59.9559.95[5] 56026
Non-Sega versions

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Stormlord (ストームロード) is a Sega Mega Drive puzzle platform game developed by Punk Development[1]. A port of the titular 1989 Hewson Consultants title Stormlord, it was first published in the United States by RazorSoft[1] in July 1991[4], and was later brought to Japan by Micro World[1] in March 1992[3]. The game is also notable for the subsequent lawsuit which followed its release.[1]

Gameplay

A side-scrolling platform game with puzzle and action elements, Stormlord is fairly typical of early 1990s Amiga games. Players control a slow-moving protagonist across ten different levels, with a general puzzle emphasis on determining what action is needed to proceed.

Stormlord is notorious for its numerous pitfalls from which the player cannot escape. Either purposefully or due to numerous oversights, the game contains a number of areas which, once entered, cannot be exited (usually due to the adjacent platforms being placed too high), or will permanently lock the protagonist in place due to collision issues. In virtually all of these cases, the player is forced to reset the game.

Levels

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Level 1

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Level 2

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Level 3

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Level 4

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Level 5

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Level 6

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Level 7

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Level 8

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Level 9

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Level 10

History

Main article: Stormlord/History.

Frequently marketed as one of the Mega Drive's first "adult" titles, the history of Stormlord has long fascinated the gaming community, resulting in a number of misconceptions about the game's development. Thankfully, the game's lead programmer Kevin Seghetti has since provided a wealth of knowledge and insight into Stormlord's history through various interviews and statements.

Magazine articles

Main article: Stormlord/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: Stormlord/Promotional material.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
40
[6]
ACE (UK)
63
[7]
Ação Games (BR)
67
[8]
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
67
[9]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
58
[10]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
92
[11]
Games-X (UK)
70
[12]
Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
60
[13]
Joypad (FR) NTSC-U
80
[14]
Joystick (FR) NTSC-U
82
[15]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) NTSC
75
[16]
Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
60
[17]
Mega (UK) NTSC-U
45
[18]
MegaTech (UK) NTSC
57
[19]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
57
[20]
Power Play (DE)
43
[21]
Sega Power (UK) NTSC
75
[22]
Sega Power (UK) NTSC-U
79
[23]
Sega Pro (UK) NTSC
77
[24]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
46
[25]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
63
[26]
Sega Mega Drive
65
Based on
21 reviews

Stormlord

Mega Drive, JP
Stormlord MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
Stormlord MD JP CartTop.jpg
Stormlord MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Stormlord MD JP manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, US
Stormlord MD US Box.jpg
Cover
Stormlord md us cart.jpg
Cart
StormLord MD US Manual.pdf
Manual

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 39ab50a5
MD5 73070170122193915b7f8af945ef426c
SHA-1 1bf4b58d50fdc0fdc173ce3dcadcc5d9b58f0723
512kB 1990-09 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 0b440fed
MD5 689634797f5da35d026593fb240f5fe0
SHA-1 fe06ea2d7fcccecce337a535ae683c31aae4a637
512kB Cartridge (JP)

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 http://gdri.smspower.org/wiki/index.php/Punk_Development
  2. Beep! MegaDrive, "February 1992" (JP; 1992-01-08), page 24
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software_l.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-02 23:21)
  4. 4.0 4.1 https://groups.google.com/g/rec.games.video/c/gp92-ELuaus/m/6ESzll-rMn4J
  5. VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, "July 1991" (US; 1991-0x-xx), page 39
  6. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 223
  7. ACE, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-08), page 72
  8. Ação Games, "Maio 1991" (BR; 1991-05-21), page 45
  9. Aktueller Software Markt, "November 1991" (DE; 1991-10-11), page 146
  10. Beep! MegaDrive, "February 1992" (JP; 1992-01-08), page 36
  11. GamePro, "April 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 42
  12. Games-X, "15th-21st August 1991" (UK; 1991-08-15), page 39
  13. Hippon Super, "March 1992" (JP; 1992-02-04), page 82
  14. Joypad, "Octobre 1991" (FR; 1991-09-17), page 42
  15. Joystick, "Septembre 1991" (FR; 1991-0x-xx), page 166
  16. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 94
  17. Mega Drive Fan, "June 1992" (JP; 1992-05-08), page 83
  18. Mega, "April 1994" (UK; 1994-03-17), page 63
  19. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 80
  20. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 140
  21. Power Play, "10/91" (DE; 1991-09-xx), page 159
  22. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 54
  23. Sega Power, "November 1991" (UK; 1991-10-04), page 27
  24. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 67
  25. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 87
  26. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 179


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