The Pirates of Dark Water

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The Pirates of Dark Water
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Sunsoft
Licensor: Hanna-Barbera
Sound driver: GEMS
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
$64.9964.99[2] T-15086
Videogame Rating Council: GA
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
£34.9934.99[3] T-15086-50
Sega Mega Drive

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The Pirates of Dark Water is a side-scrolling action game for the Sega Mega Drive based on Hanna-Barbera's 1991 cartoon series of the same name.

While released in the same rough period as a Super NES Pirates of Dark Water game, this Mega Drive version is unique to Sega's system. The SNES version, in comparison, is a arcade-style beat-'em-up game similar to Final Fight or Golden Axe.


The alien world of Mer is being devoured by an evil substance known as Dark Water. Only Ren, a young prince, can stop it by finding the lost Thirteen Treasures of Rule. His loyal crew of misfits that help in his journey are ecomancer Tula, a monkey-bird Niddler, and treasure-hungry pirate Ioz. The evil pirate lord Bloth will stop at nothing to get the treasures for himself and provides many obstacles for Ren and his crew.

Production credits

Team Iguana
  • Programming: David Crummack
  • Additional Code: Carl Wade, Brian Watson
  • Assisted by: David Brevik
  • Producer: Darrin Stubbington
  • Production Management: J Moon, Pete Suarez
  • Executive Producer: Jeff Spangenberg
  • Project Leaders: Nigel Cook, Adrian Ludley
  • Art Director: Matt Stubbington
  • Music: Fox Productions
  • Opening Sequence: Adam McCarthy, Bill Yeatts, Matt Stubbington
  • Title Screen: Adrian Ludley
  • Heroes + Heroines: Jonathan Casco, Jools Watsham, Adrian Ludley, Matt Stubbington
  • Villains: Bill Yeatts
  • World Map of Mer: Mark Pitcher, Robbie Miller
  • Jungle of Pandawa: Adrian Ludley
  • Port of Pandawa: Adrian Ludley, Jools Watsham
  • Citadel: Matt Stubbington
  • Hobo Village: Adrian Ludley, Bill Yeatts
  • Bobo Mountain: Matt Stubbington
  • Caves of Andorus: Adrian Ludley, Jools Watsham
  • Temple of Andorus: Robbie Miller, Mark Pitcher
  • Stormy Bridge: Adrian Ludley
  • Lower Maelstrom Decks: Joanthan Casco, Bill Yeatts
  • Upper Maelstrom Decks: Mark Pitcher, Jools Watsham
  • Dark Dwellers Cave: Adam McCarthy, Robbie Miller
  • Dark Dweller: Bill Yeatts
  • End Sequence: Bill Yeatts, Adam McCarthy
Team Sunsoft
  • Executive Producer: David Siller
  • Executive Vice President Licensing: Rita Zimmerer
  • Producer: Dan MacArthur
  • Technical Manager: Al Artus
  • Chairman: Masami Maeda
  • Vice Chairman: Tad Shimamoto
  • Director, Sunsoft Japan: Kiharu Yoshida
  • Marketing Director: Karen Shadley
  • Debugging Manager: Sam Patel
  • Executive Assistant: Nanette Hyssong
  • Game Play Manual: Alison Quirion
  • Game Testing: Darin Horgan, Mario Zavala, Rene Boutin, Steve Rizor, Milo Stubbington, Paul Z. Suarez, Shawn Barney, Justin Siller
  • Customer Service: Kaz Harman, June Eckert, Julie Williams, Jamie Jorgensen, Erin Berry, Dawn Phillips
  • Special Thanks to: Bruce Reilly, Cathy Juby, Mark Luszsz, Toko Okano, Milo Stubbington, Connie Perez, Steve Gehrke, Kauaki Goto, Masato Kawai, Geoff Gillis, Tom Juarez, Karen Lillie, Akito Takeuchi, Sherry Ross, Jaupale Laster, Michelle Carlton, Kenji Yoshioka
  • Very Special Thanks to: David Kirschner
In-game credits
Pirates of Dark Water MD credits.pdf

Magazine articles

Main article: The Pirates of Dark Water/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #57: "April 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
also published in:
Print advert in Velikiy Drakon (RU) #60 (2002-09-05)
also published in:
  • Velikiy Drakon (RU) #61 (2003-02-07)[9]

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
62 №11, p79
52 [10]
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
2 reviews
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
Cool Gamer (RU)
Computer & Video Games (UK)
Electronic Games (1992-1995) (US) NTSC-U
Electronic Games (1992-1995) (US) NTSC-U
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 6 (RU)
Game Players (US) NTSC-U
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
Mega (UK) NTSC-U
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
Sega Magazine (UK) PAL
Sega Power (UK) NTSC-U
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
Sega Force (SE)
Sega Mega Drive Review (RU)
Sonic the Comic (UK) PAL
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
VideoGames (US) NTSC-U
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
21 reviews

The Pirates of Dark Water

Mega Drive, US
PoDW MD US Box.jpg
PoDW MD US Cart.jpg
Pirates Of Dark Water MD US Manual.pdf
Mega Drive, EU
PoDW MD EU Box.jpg
PoDW MD EU Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, PT
PoDW MD PT cover.jpg
Mega Drive, AU
PoDW MD AU Box.jpg
PoDW MD AU Cart.jpg

Technical information

Main article: The Pirates of Dark Water/Technical information.

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 0c45b9f7
MD5 625aa64dbb0133e4c6f8fc453941ce75
SHA-1 a95eabc00ed9f4867f394c1e5e03afad0381843b
2MB 1994-01 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 0a62de34
MD5 eb0eda9027dd52008594b2755066df86
SHA-1 55496714f32eb7f57335201f90b3f437a1500c49
2MB 1994-05 Cartridge (US/EU)


  1. Sunsoft US catalogue (Summer 1994), page 19
  2. 2.0 2.1 Game Players, "Vol. 7 No. 5 May 1994" (US; 1994-0x-xx), page 48
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Mean Machines Sega, "October 1994" (UK; 1994-08-xx), page 96
  4. File:Pirates of Dark Water MD credits.pdf
  5. GamePro, "April 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 97
  6. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "May 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 139
  7. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "June 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 167
  8. GamePro, "July 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 135
  9. Velikiy Drakon, "" (RU; 2003-02-07), page 68
  10. GamesMaster, "August 1994" (UK; 1994-xx-xx), page 50
  11. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2001-xx-xx), page 55
  12. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 156
  13. Computer & Video Games, "September 1994" (UK; 1994-08-15), page 78
  14. Electronic Games (1992-1995), "May 1994" (US; 1994-04-21), page 85
  15. Electronic Games (1992-1995), "June 1994" (US; 1994-05-24), page 78
  16. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "May 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 38
  17. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 347
  18. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 6, "" (RU; 2001-xx-xx), page 168
  19. FLUX, "Issue #1" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 81
  20. GamePro, "May 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 46
  21. Mega, "August 1994" (UK; 1994-07-21), page 71
  22. Sega Magazine, "September 1994" (UK; 1994-08-xx), page 94
  23. Sega Power, "September 1994" (UK; 1994-08-04), page 59
  24. Sega Pro, "November 1994" (UK; 1994-10-06), page 50
  25. Sega Force, "6/94" (SE; 1994-09-14), page 14
  26. Sega Mega Drive Review, "1" (RU; 1995-04-03), page 111
  27. Sonic the Comic, "31st March 1995" (UK; 1995-03-18), page 10
  28. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 20
  29. VideoGames, "May 1994" (US; 1994-0x-xx), page 78

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