Universal Soldier

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Universal Soldier
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Ballistic
Developer:
Licensor: Carolco
Genre: Action

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$54.9554.95[1] ACLD011
Sega Mega Drive
EU
ACLD011
Sega Mega Drive
ES
Sega Mega Drive
FR
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.9934.99[3][4] ACLD011
Sega Mega Drive
SE
(Rental)
Sega Mega Drive
CZ
Sega Mega Drive
AU
FUNI02SMC

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Universal Soldier is an action game released for the Sega Mega Drive in 1992. It is an interesting creation, as it is essentially a reworking of Factor 5's Turrican II with branding from the 1992 Universal Soldier film. Though the game was sold in stores, it was not licensed by Sega.

The game gives no credit to the original Turrican II staff in any form, with the exception of Turrican creator Manfred Trenz.

Gameplay

Universal Soldier replaces the three shoot 'em up levels in Turrican II with three new levels of standard gameplay with completely different sets of graphics and using the same music the discarded levels had. Aside from that and a reordered sequence of the levels, the gameplay in the whole game is left mostly intact. New additions compared to the original also include a password system and selectable difficulty. A couple of bosses were edited to resemble the antagonist in the film, Sergeant Andrew Scott (portrayed by Dolph Lundgren).

A is for shooting, B as well as Up are for jumping and C is for the screen covering line attack. Unlike the Amiga original, the lines cover the whole screen. Pushing all three buttons together launches a very devastating screen filling attack, which is limited to one use per stage. Pushing B while crouching transforms the player into an invincible spiked ball.

History

Legacy

Ports were later made to the Game Boy and SNES, though the latter was not released officially.

Production credits

  • Produced by: Chris Bankston
  • Programmed by: The Code Monkeys
  • Programming: Colin Hogg
  • Aided by: Elliot Gay, Mark Kirkby
  • Graphics by: Joe Lewis and Manfred Trenz
  • Musicians: J.D. Rogers and Paul Kenny
  • Original Music and Sound Effects (uncredited): Chris Hülsbeck
  • Game Testers: Steve Graziano, Robert V. Daly, James R. Kucera
  • Technical Advice: Chris Bankston, Tim Wilson, Russell Shiffer, Dave Rogers, Natalie Healy
Source:
In-game credits

Magazine articles

Main article: Universal Soldier/Magazine articles.

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)
60
[5]
Consoles + (FR)
95
[6]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
60
[7]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
45
[8]
Game Power (IT)
81
[9]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
65
[1]
Joypad (FR)
41
[10]
Joystick (FR) PAL
43
[11]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
60
[12]
Mega (UK) PAL
68
[13]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
60
[14]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
47
[15]
Play Time (DE) PAL
68
[16]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
91
[17]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
89
[18]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
89
[19]
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
88
[20]
Sega Force (UK) PAL
63
[21]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
76
[22]
Sega Mega Drive
68
Based on
19 reviews

Universal Soldier

Mega Drive, US
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Cart
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Manual
Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
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Cart
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Manual
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PCB
Mega Drive, FR

Universal Soldier MD FR Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, ES

Mega Drive, SE (Rental)
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Cover
Mega Drive, CZ
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Cover
Mega Drive, AU
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Cover
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Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 352ebd49
MD5 1546f822e7fe5b5d7fa54067968628dd
SHA-1 9ac1416641ba0e6632369ffe69599b08fc3c225f
1MB 1992-10 Cartridge (US/EU)

References


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