From Sega Retro
|System(s): Sega Mega Drive|
| Distributor: |
Fox Video (US)
|Sound driver: GEMS|
|Number of players: 1|
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This video game interpretion of The Pagemaster has players control Richard Tyler (in his cartoon form - Macaulay Culkin who played the live action version in the film is left uncredited in this release), traversing 2D maps (based on areas of the film) in a similar manner to other platforms of the era. Hidden in each stage is a library card - collecting all of them unlocks the "good" ending.
- Software: Paul Carruthers
- Bonus Game: Christoffer Nilsson
- Producer: Tony Beckwith
- Graphic Artists: Phil Hip Williams, Mark Knowles, Jason Green, Lloyd Baker, Terry Ford, Mark Frazer, Hayon Dalton, Blizzard
- Animators: Darren Goodacre, Emil Sergiev, Jason McDonald, Dimitri Baralov
- Mapping: Nick Baynes
- Additional Maps: Mark Viccary, Mark Hill, Tony Beckwith, Andy McCarthy
- Music and Sound Effects: Steve Collett, Nick Stroud
- QA Manager: Tim Bradstock
- QA Dept: James Stewart, Nick McGee, Ben Oreilly, Mark Viccary
- Compression: Rob Northern, Nick Pelling
- Fox Interactive Liason: Scott Marcus
- Source: In-game credits
The Pagemaster was released simultaneously on the Mega Drive and Super NES in late 1994 (with a simplified version appearing on the Game Boy). By and large, both console versions are the same, however while the Super NES uses more colours, the Mega Drive version runs with a 320x224 screen resolution (versus 256x224). As the art was not optimised for the Super NES, this means graphics are "fatter" than perhaps originally intended, and less of the play area is visible at any one time.
The Mega Drive version features more animations, while the SNES uses an extra background layer (which is drawn in front of regular play, and can in some respects be seen as a disadvantage as is more likely to obscure the player's view. Bonus stages use the SNES' "mode 7" graphics mode, which offer a smoother gameplay experience than on the Mega Drive, which reverts to a system more similar to early Mega Drive titles such as Space Harrier II and Super Thunder Blade.
There are also subtle changes in presentation. The Mega Drive is a fraction quicker to enter levels and shows the words "Game On" at the start of every stage, while the Super NES announces the levels' names.
|Language||Localised Name||English Translation|
|English (US)||The Pagemaster||The Pagemaster|
|Spanish||El Guardián de las Palabras||The Guardian of Words|
- Main article: The Pagemaster/Magazine articles.
|Sega Retro Average|
| Based on|
|Mega Drive, FR|