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Tomcat Alley
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega-CD, PC
Genre: Shooting































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega-CD
JP
¥7,800 G-6039
Sega Mega-CD
US
$59.99[1] 4429
Sega Mega-CD
UK
£49.99[3] 4429
Sega Mega-CD
FR
?F 4429-09
Sega Mega-CD
DE
DM ? 4429-18
Sega Mega-CD
ES
?Ptas 4429-06
Sega Mega-CD
BR
R$? 063290



Windows PC
US
$39.95[4] ?
Windows PC
UK
£29.99[5] MK-85014-50
Windows PC
FR
?F MK-85014-50
Windows PC
DE
DM ? MK-85014-50
Windows PC
ES
?Ptas MK-85014-50



Tomcat Alley (トムキャットアレイ) is a flight simulator-esque game for the Sega Mega-CD. It is heavily reliant on full motion video, with gameplay being little else but lining up cursors on targets within a short period of time. It was later brought in an updated form to Windows-based PCs.

Curiously Tomcat Alley recycles the photography from the Japanese version of After Burner III for its cover art.

Gameplay

While Tomcat Alley predominantly features the F-14 Tomcat, the player has no direct control over any aircraft in the game, just a target reticle. The objective is usually to lock on and fire at enemy targets within a certain time limit - failing to do so eventually leads to a game over. Aside from the HUD, all visuals are made up of full motion video, including the sequences shown when a weapon is fired.

History

Development

A Sega Saturn version was once scheduled for 1995, but cancelled for unknown reasons. It is not thought this version got very far - it was announced shortly before the Saturn's release, and disappeared from the schedules shortly afterwards.

Production credits

Mega-CD version

  • Cast: Gregory Balaban, Jolie Jackunas, Mark Carlton, David L. Crowley, Diana Lee Hsu, Miguel Marcott
  • Game Design by: Sam Nicholson, John Zuur Platten, Elliot Simon Gay, Chris W. Bankston
  • Original Score & Sound Design by: Mars Lasar
  • Director of Photography: Sam Nicholson
  • Executive Producer: Chris W. Bankston
  • Engineering by: Elliot Simon Gay
  • Written by: John Zuur Platten
  • Producers: Sam Nicholson, John Zuur Platten
  • Directed by: Sam Nicholson
Source: In-game introduction credits


Gregory Balaban, Jolie Jackunas, Mark Carlton, David L. Crowley, Diana Lee Hsu, Miguel MarcottSam Nicholson, John Zuur Platten, Elliot Simon Gay, Chris W. BankstonMars LasarSam NicholsonChris W. BankstonElliot Simon GayJohn Zuur PlattenSam Nicholson, John Zuur PlattenSam Nicholson

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  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Dan Schmit
  • Special Effects Supervisor: David Kuklish
  • Aerial Photography by: Clay Lacy
  • Production Coordinators: Tony Cabalu, Janette Shew
  • Production Auditor: Dorothy Duder
  • Casting by: Patrick Rush
  • Programmed by: The Code Monkeys
  • Programming: Elliot Simon Gay
  • Additional Programming: Colin Hogg, Mark Richard Kirkby
  • Graphics: Joe Lewis
  • Special Musical Appearance by: Herbie Hancock
  • Production Designer: Tom Buderwitz
  • Mechanical Effects: Michael Haase, Michael Huitron, Eric Heisler, Rocky Gonzales, John Miles, Russ Zinter
  • Conceptual Artists: Jim Chrisoulis, Robert Miller
  • Set Decorator: Billy Mitchell
  • Set Dresser: Richard Mendenhall
  • Property Master: Bill King
  • Gaffer: John Kennedy
  • Motion Control Photography: Casey Wilson
  • Camera Assistants: Joseph Clauss, Andrew Turman, Scott Smith
  • Key Grip: Jerry Vaughn
  • Grips: Michael Graef, Brad Sharbit
  • Set Construction: Ronald Record, Joshua Record
  • Script Supervisor: Christina Gunderson
  • Key Costumer: Brenna Charlesbois
  • Assistant Costumers: Molly Mitchell, Kimberly Guenther
  • Make-up Artist/Hair Stylist: Danny Mark
  • Sound Mixer: Glen Berovitz
  • Boom Operator: Brad Bryan
  • Guitars by: Emery Kyneur
  • On-Line Editor: Tony Shepherd
  • Off-Line Editor: Tim Batt
  • Digital Production/Macintosh Consultant: Randy Fugaté
  • Additional Voices: Tony Cabalu, Cyrena Vladish
  • Production Assistants: Larry Gobel, Ross Vinstein, Tina Hill, Cyrena Vladish, Susan Townsend
  • Writer's Assistant: Melinda Bell
  • Miniatures: Larry Detweiler, Ziggy Carr, Larry Addison, Joe Commando, Dana Teisch, Paul Ozzimo, Justin Kraus, Brian Ranger, Sean Frazier, Erica Loomis, Rebecca Cambruzzi, Dina Duhl, Booka Bickar, Evan Jacobs, Ted Smith
  • Painters: Rachel Kelley, Laurah Grijalva, Babette Brunelle, Paulette Fox
  • Pyrotechnics: Pete Slegle, Paul Staples
  • Computer Graphics: Rob Menapace
  • Computer Consultant: Todd Mahon
  • Computer Generated Planes by: Homer & Associates, Peter Conn, Seth Greenberg
  • "Tomcat" Stock Footage Courstesy of: Grumman Aircraft
  • "Blackhawk" Stock Footage Courtesy of: Sikorsky Aircraft
  • Aircraft Interiors Furnished by: Ernie Sheldon
  • Camera Consultant: Leon Bijou
  • Cameras Furnished by: Arriflex Corporation, Volker Bahnemann, Bill Russell
  • F-14 and MiG Model Kits Furnished by: Revell
  • Special Thanks to: Riley R. Russell

Tomcat Alley is a trademark of Sega
Copyright 1994 Sega

Source: In-game production credits


Dan SchmitDavid KuklishClay LacyTony Cabalu, Janette ShewDorothy DuderPatrick RushThe Code MonkeysElliot Simon GayColin Hogg, Mark Richard KirkbyJoe LewisHerbie HancockTom BuderwitzMichael Haase, Michael Huitron, Eric Heisler, Rocky Gonzales, John Miles, Russ ZinterJim Chrisoulis, Robert MillerBilly MitchellRichard MendenhallBill KingJohn KennedyCasey WilsonJoseph Clauss, Andrew Turman, Scott SmithJerry VaughnMichael Graef, Brad SharbitRonald Record, Joshua RecordChristina GundersonBrenna CharlesboisMolly Mitchell, Kimberly GuentherDanny MarkGlen BerovitzBrad BryanEmery KyneurTony ShepherdTim BattR,y FugatéTony Cabalu, Cyrena VladishLarry Gobel, Ross Vinstein, Tina Hill, Cyrena Vladish, Susan TownsendMelinda BellLarry Detweiler, Ziggy Carr, Larry Addison, Joe Comm,o, Dana Teisch, Paul Ozzimo, Justin Kraus, Brian Ranger, Sean Frazier, Erica Loomis, Rebecca Cambruzzi, Dina Duhl, Booka Bickar, Evan Jacobs, Ted SmithRachel Kelley, Laurah Grijalva, Babette Brunelle, Paulette FoxPete Slegle, Paul StaplesRob MenapaceTodd MahonHomer , Associates, Peter Conn, Seth GreenbergGrumman AircraftSikorsky AircraftErnie SheldonLeon BijouArriflex Corporation, Volker Bahnemann, Bill RussellRevellRiley R. Russell Tomcat Alley is a trademark of Sega Copyright 1994 Sega

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Japanese version

Sega Studios
Japanese Localization Team - AOI Advertising Promotion Inc
  • Producer: Hidomitsu Kobayashi
  • Director: Masami Higashida
  • Production Manager: Hiroko Arai, Tyomin Nakae
  • Recording Studio: Video Tech Co., Ltd.
  • Cast: Tsutomu Isobe, Osamu Kobayashi, Teseho Genda, Iomasa Kayumi, Mami Koyama, Hiroshi Isobe, Yuka Koyama, Kazunari Tanaka
SEGA of America, Inc.
SEGA Enterprises, Ltd.


R,y FugatéR,y FugatéVy NongBerj BeramianHidomitsu KobayashiMasami HigashidaHiroko Arai, Tyomin NakaeVideo Tech Co., Ltd.Tsutomu Isobe, Osamu Kobayashi, Teseho Genda, Iomasa Kayumi, Mami Koyama, Hiroshi Isobe, Yuka Koyama, Kazunari TanakaYukimi ShimuraOsamu Shibamiya

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Magazine articles

Main article: Tomcat Alley/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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GamePro US 057.pdfGamePro US 057.pdf

PDF
Mega-CD print advert in
GamePro (US) #57: "April 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #58: "May 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[7]
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #59: "June 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[8]
  • Sega Visions (US) #20: "August/September 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[9]
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NextGeneration US 11.pdf

PDF
PC print advert in
Next Generation (US) #11: "November 1995" (1995-10-24)
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CVG UK 158.pdf

PDF
Mega-CD print advert in
Computer & Video Games (UK) #158: "January 1995" (1994-12-15)
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MegaForce FR 32.pdf

PDF
Mega-CD print advert in
Mega Force (FR) #32: "Octobre 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • CD Consoles (FR) #1: "Novembre 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[10]
  • CD Consoles (FR) #2: "Décembre 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[11]
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SuperGamePower BR 007.pdfSuperGamePower BR 007.pdfSuperGamePower BR 007.pdfSuperGamePower BR 007.pdfSuperGamePower BR 007.pdf

PDF
Mega-CD print advert in
SuperGamePower (BR) #7: "Outubro 1994" (1994-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Mega-CD version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
91 №35, p144/145
54 №152, p56/57[12]
57 №18, p71
90 №31, p40/41 №34, p110
60 №23, p26/27
69 №21, p34/35
90 №10, p40/41
72 №29, p68/69/70/71
75 №21, p76/77[3]
86 №45, p48/49/50
68 №55, p46/47
86 №32, p58/59
80 №25, p32/33
Sega Mega-CD
75
Based on
13 reviews

Mega-CD, US
TomcatAlley MCD US Box Back.jpgTomcatAlley MCD US Box Front.jpg
Cover
TomcatAlley MCD US Disc.jpg
Disc
Tomcatalley mcd us manual.pdf
Manual
Mega-CD, EU
TomcatAlley MCD EU Box Back.jpgTomcatAlley MCD EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
TomcatAlley MCD EU spinecard.jpg
Spinecard
TomcatAlley MCD EU Disc.jpg
Disc
Tomcat Alley MCD EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega-CD, JP
TomcatAlley MCD JP Box Back.jpgTomcatAlley MCD JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
TomcatAlley MCD JP Spinecard.JPG
Spinecard
TomcatAlley MCD JP Disc.jpg
Disc
Mega-CD, FR
TomcatAlley MCD FR Box Back.jpgTomcatAlley MCD FR Box Front.jpg
Cover
TomcatAlley MCD FR Disc.jpg
Disc
Mega-CD, DE
TomcatAlley MCD DE Box Back.jpgTomcatAlley MCD DE Box Front.jpg
Cover
Mega-CD, ES
TomcatAlley MCD ES Box Back.jpgTomcatAlley MCD ES Box Front.jpg
Cover
Mega-CD, BR
TomcatAlley MCD BR Box Back.jpgNospine.pngTomcatAlley MCD BR Box Front.jpg
Cover

PC version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
59 №173, p58/59[5]
50 №7, p30[13]
30 №42, p89[14]
Windows PC
46
Based on
3 reviews

PC, US
TomcatAlley PC US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngTomcatAlley PC US Box Front.jpg
Cover
PC, EU
TomcatPC-Box-Außen.jpgNospine.pngTomcatPC-Box-Außen-Front.jpg
Cover
TomcatPC-CD.jpg
Disc
TomcatPC-Cover.jpg
Manual
TomcatPC-Inlay-back.jpgTomcatPC-Inlay.jpg
Jewel Case
TomcatPC-Cover-back.jpg
Manual (back)

References