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Vectorman
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Virtual Console, Steam, Android, iOS
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Distributor:
Sega Mega Drive
Ballistic (US; Mega Hit Series)
Sound driver: GEMS
Genre: Action[1]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$59.9959.99[2] 1577
Sega Mega Drive
US
(Mega Hit)
$19.9919.99[3]
Sega Mega Drive
EU
1577-50
Sega Mega Drive
PT
MDJ1577
Sega Mega Drive
AU
FVEC00SMC
Sega Mega Drive
BR
046930
Tectoy: Todas as Idades
Wii Virtual Console
JP
600pts600[10]
CERO: A
Wii Virtual Console
US
800pts800[5]
ESRB: Everyone
Wii Virtual Console
EU
800pts800[6]
PEGI: 7+
Wii Virtual Console
AU
800pts800[8]
OFLC: PG
Steam
US
$2.992.99[12] 34280
ESRB: Everyone
Steam
EU
€2.492.49[12] 34280
PEGI: 7+
Steam
DE
€2.492.49[12] 34280
USK: 6
Steam
UK
£1.991.99[12] 34280
PEGI: 7+
Steam
AU
$3.493.49[12] 34280
OFLC: PG
Steam Linux
US
$0.990.99[14] 34280
ESRB: Everyone
Steam Linux
EU
€0.990.99[14] 34280
PEGI: 7+
Steam Linux
DE
€0.990.99[14] 34280
USK: 6
Steam Linux
UK
£0.790.79[14] 34280
PEGI: 7+
Steam Linux
AU
$1.351.35[14] 34280
OFLC: PG
Steam OS X
US
$0.990.99[14] 34280
ESRB: Everyone
Steam OS X
EU
€0.990.99[14] 34280
PEGI: 7+
Steam OS X
DE
€0.990.99[14] 34280
USK: 6
Steam OS X
UK
£0.790.79[14] 34280
PEGI: 7+
Steam OS X
AU
$1.351.35[14] 34280
OFLC: PG
Google Android OS
US
(Sega Forever)
FREEfree
ESRB: Everyone
Google Android OS
EU
(Sega Forever)
FREEfree
PEGI: 7+
Google Android OS
DE
(Sega Forever)
FREEfree
USK: 6
Google Android OS
AU
(Sega Forever)
FREEfree
OFLC: PG
iOS
US
(Sega Forever)
FREEfree
12+
iOS
EU
(Sega Forever)
FREEfree
12+


Vectorman (ベクターマン) is a platform game developed by BlueSky Software and published by Sega for the Sega Mega Drive. It was released on 24 October 1995 in North America and on 30 November 1995 in Europe.

Story

In 2049, the human population of Earth embarks on a migratory voyage to try to colonize other planets. They leave mechanical "orbots" to clean up the mess they made on Earth through littering and pollution. Raster, a high-level orbot who watches Earth through a planetwide computer network, is accidentally attached to a working nuclear missile by a lesser orbot and goes insane, becoming an evil dictator named Warhead. He declares himself ruler of Earth, and begins preparing to execute any humans who dare return to their planet.

Enter Vectorman, a humble orbot in charge of cleaning up toxic sludge by simply discharging it into the sun. As he lands on Earth after his last trip, he finds chaos and confusion. Because all the other Orbots are controlled by Warhead (Vectorman having not been affected because he was away), Vectorman takes it upon himself to destroy the errant orbot and restore peace to Earth.

Gameplay

The game itself is a straightforward 2D action platformer. Vectorman is an orbot (something like a robot) powered with a ball gun in his hand; powerups include a machine gun, "bolo" gun, and triple-fire guns. A and B both shoot and C jumps. C twice will launch Vectorman into a brief boost.

Vectorman possesses the ability to transform, through the use of powerups, into several different forms: including a drill, to cut through floors; a bomb, to destroy all surrounding enemies or breakable walls; and an aquatic form, useful for swimming underwater. In addition to powerup transformations, 3 levels host unique morphed forms with which to combat bosses in. Overall, the game consists of 16 levels.

History

Development

Vectorman was made partly in response to Nintendo/Rare's Donkey Kong Country, which contained pioneering graphics with pre-rendered 3D models in its level and character designs, giving the game a smooth, computer-generated feel. Donkey Kong Country's marketing stated that the game was impossible to do on Sega's Mega Drive, and Vectorman acted as one attempt to prove Nintendo wrong.

Release

In North America, special randomly distributed copies of Vectorman have a special "you win" screen at the end of the game, along with a phone number which could be called and an address. If consumers sent these special cartridges back to Sega of America before July 31st, 1996, they would receive prizes - one $25,000 prize (won by Keolamanaokalahuinui "Keola" Kaula of Albuquerque[2]), ten £10,000 prizes or one of ninety Sega Saturn systems[16].

Vectorman was both a critical and commercial success, and was re-released in North America as part of the Mega Hit Series. It was acclaimed for its gameplay, level design and 3d graphics, and a great techno soundtrack.

Legacy

Vectorman was not originally released in Japan, with its debut in the country coming through the PC compilation Sega Archives From USA Vol.1. It was released on the Wii Virtual Console on February 27, 2007 in Japan and April 5, 2007 in Europe, and in North America on September 22, 2008. A PC conversion was reportedly announced in 1996[17] but never materialised.

Sonic Gems Collection has both Vectorman and its sequel as unlockable games. Vectorman can be unlocked by playing the compilation for at least 5 hours or by having a save file of Sonic Heroes or Sonic Mega Collection on the memory card. Both games were the only bonus titles to be kept on the international versions of the collection.

Sega Mega Drive Collection also features Vectorman and its sequel, this time as games available without the need for unlocking. Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection also contains the game.

A sequel, Vectorman 2 was produced for the Sega Mega Drive, and was released in 1996.

Although BlueSky Software, the original developer of both Vectorman games closed in 2001, a Vectorman game for the PlayStation 2 was announced in 2003 but was soon cancelled.

Vectorman was at one point planned to be made into a 3D animated movie by Ideal Entertainment, with a tentative release date of late 1997[18]. This never materialised.

Versions

Version history

Main article: Vectorman/Changelog.
System Version Size Date Comment Ref Icon
Google Android OS
0000040000010000000000000000004.1.0 57MB 201912032019-12-03 [1] Vectorman Android icon 410.png Download.svg (56.77 MB) i
Google Android OS
0000020000000000010000000000002.0.1 45MB 201906032019-06-03 [19] Vectorman Android icon 110.png Download.svg (45.48 MB) i
Google Android OS
0000020000000000000000000000002.0.0 45MB 201901312019-01-31 [20] Vectorman Android icon 110.png Download.svg (44.66 MB) i
Google Android OS
0000010000010000010000000000001.1.1 44MB 201810312018-10-31 [21] Vectorman Android icon 110.png Download.svg (43.98 MB) i
Google Android OS
0000010000010000000000000000001.1.0 42MB 201806202018-06-20 [22] Vectorman Android icon 110.png Download.svg (41.96 MB) i
iOS
0000040000010000000000000000004.1.0 145.3MB 201912122019-12-12 [23]
iOS
0000020000000000020000000000002.0.2 201906032019-06-03
iOS
0000020000000000000000000000002.0.0 201901312019-01-31
iOS
0000010000040000000000000000001.4.0 140MB 201810312018-10-31 [24]
iOS
0000010000010000000000000000001.1.0 133.7MB 201806202018-06-20 [25]

Downloadable content

Title and description Links Releases
Remove non-SEGA Adverts
iOS
US
2018-06-21[26]
$1.991.99[26]
iOS
UK
2018-06-21[26]
£1.991.99[26]
iOS
EU
2018-06-21[26]
€2.292.29[26]
iOS
AU
2018-06-21[26]
$2.992.99[27]
Google Android OS
US
2018-06-21[26]
$1.991.99[26]
Google Android OS
UK
2018-06-21[26]
£1.991.99[26]
Google Android OS
EU
2018-06-21[26]
€2.292.29[26]
Google Android OS
AU
2018-06-21[26]
$2.992.99

Production credits

BlueSky Software
  • Designers: Richard Karpp, Mark Lorenzen
  • Project Manager: Jennifer Cleary
  • Game Concept By: Dana Christianson, Richard Karpp, Mark Lorenzen, Jason Weesner
  • Lead Background Artist: Amber Long
  • Background Artists: Jeff Jonas, Geoffrey Knobel, Mark Lorenzen, Jeff Remmer
  • Background Assistant: Brandon McDonald
  • Lead Animator: Marty Davis
  • Animators: Ellis Goodson, John Roy
  • Splash Screens: Jeff Remmer
  • Sound: Jon Holland
  • Music: Jon Holland
  • Lead Programmer: Richard Karpp
  • Programmers: Mark Botta, Keith Freiheit, Bonita Kane
  • Special Thanks: Patrick Brogan, Tom Carroll, John Fulbright, Jerry Huber, Matt McDonald, Chuck Osieja, Sam Powell, Rick Randolph, Rick Schmitz, Kim Walsh
Sega

Digital manuals

Magazine articles

Main article: Vectorman/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

US TV Advert

Vectorman MD FR PrintAdvert.jpg

FR print advert

VideoGames US 82.pdf

PDF
Print advert in VideoGames (US) #82: "November 1995" (1995-10-24)

SegaMagazin DE 28.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Sega Magazin (DE) #28: "März 1996" (1996-02-14)
also published in:

Artwork

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
44 [31]
80 №12
85 [32]
96 [33]
83 [34]
91
90
92 №36, p46/47
82 №84
78 [35]
90 [36]
90 №58, p126/127
90 №73, p48/49
90 №52, p50/51
90 [4]
90 [37]
Sega Mega Drive
85
Based on
16 reviews

Mega Drive, US
Vectorman MD US Box Back.jpgVectorman MD US Box Spine.jpgVectorman md us cover.jpg
Cover
Vectorman md us cart.jpg
Cart
Vectorman md us manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, US (Mega Hit Series)
Vectorman MD US Box Back MHS.jpgVectorman MD US Box Spine MHS.jpgVectormanMHS md us cover.jpg
Cover
Vectorman MD US Cart MHS.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, US
(Mega Hit Series) (Alt)
Vectorman MD US Box Back MHS Alt.jpgNospine.pngVectorman MD US Box Front MHS Alt.jpg
Cover
Vectorman MD US Cart MHS Alt.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, EU
Vectorman md eu cover.jpg
Cover
Vectorman MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, AU
Vectorman MD AU cover.jpg
Cover
Vectorman MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Vectorman MD AU manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, BR
VectormanMDBrCover.jpg
Cover
VectormanMDBrCartTop.jpg
VectormanMDBrCart.jpg
Cart
Vectorman md br manual.pdf
Manual

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 d38b3354
MD5 d7171a867739c8ec325aa65b175b0c49
SHA-1 57a64d08028b539dc236a693d383f2e1269a5dd4
2MB 1995-08 Cartridge (US/EU)
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32 2084d3da
MD5 8c9e5e67cc9a04e328423e71932d6fa7
SHA-1 e6c0854ff0f5a0b53760677743e9b901b3e5a4b7
2MB Page
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32 a315c8aa
MD5 90f9163382f6f9bac78d462dd738c14b
SHA-1 54d611a0519d34c25ef6b9963543ece4afc23e19
2MB Page
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 0145738b
MD5 4399f6b387c85836bdb813f125a7ac56
SHA-1 f96a51e792edde1ed203054ea9e23fd226d1ed70
2MB 1995-07-24 CD-R disc[38] Page

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sega.vectorman (archived: 2020-05-26 20:03)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Press release: 1996-01-12: 12-year-old gamer wins $25,000 cash grand prize in Sega's videogame contest
  3. 4.0 4.1 Sega Saturn Magazine, "November 1995" (UK; 1995-10-26), page 89
  4. 5.0 5.1 http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/KOxRfAvULMqhQjxxXHikpQEBQjI1mvim (archived: 2010-11-23 00:48)
  5. 6.0 6.1 http://www.nintendolife.com:80/games/megadrive/vectorman (archived: 2017-09-11 17:03)
  6. https://archive.is/cOhb7
  7. http://www.nintendo.com.au/index.php?action=catalogue&prodcat_id=41&prod_id=19786&pageID=4 (archived: 2012-04-03 02:54)
  8. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/vc/software/02.html (archived: 2018-03-05 23:11)
  9. http://vc.sega.jp:80/vc_vector/ (archived: 2007-02-26 06:49)
  10. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 https://steamdb.info/app/34280/ (archived: 2019-11-21 21:32)
  11. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 http://steamdb.info/app/34280/ (archived: 2013-05-22 19:58)
  12. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 13.6 13.7 13.8 13.9 https://steamdb.info/app/34280/history/?changeid=5755250
  13. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 14.6 14.7 14.8 14.9 http://steamdb.info/app/34280/ (archived: 2019-11-21 21:32)
  14. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 https://twitter.com/segaforever/status/1009798593622859777 (archived: 2018-10-12 22:53)
  15. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "December 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 22
  16. GamePro, "December 1996" (US; 1996-xx-xx), page 102
  17. GamePro, "November 1996" (US; 1996-xx-xx), page 30
  18. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sega.vectorman (archived: 2019-12-03 03:34)
  19. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sega.vectorman (archived: 2019-04-21 22:44)
  20. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sega.vectorman (archived: 2018-11-21 00:15)
  21. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sega.vectorman (archived: 2018-10-12 22:55)
  22. https://apps.apple.com/us/app/vectorman-classic/id1176426500 (archived: 2020-07-09 18:54)
  23. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vectorman-classic/id1176426500?mt=8 (archived: 2018-11-21 00:17)
  24. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vectorman-classic/id1176426500?mt=8 (archived: 2018-10-11 02:03)
  25. 26.00 26.01 26.02 26.03 26.04 26.05 26.06 26.07 26.08 26.09 26.10 26.11 26.12 26.13 https:/twitter.com/segaforever/status/1009798593622859777 (archived: 2018-10-12 22:53)
  26. https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/vectorman-classic/id1176426500?mt=8 (archived: 2018-11-21 00:13)
  27. Sega Magazin, "Juni 1996" (DE; 1996-05-08), page 99
  28. Sega Magazin, "Juli 1996" (DE; 1996-06-12), page 99
  29. Sega Magazin, "August 1996" (DE; 1996-07-10), page 99
  30. CD Consoles, "Novembre 1995" (FR; 1995-xx-xx), page 140/141 (140)
  31. Consoles +, "Novembre 1995" (FR; 1995-xx-xx), page 108/109 (108)
  32. Computer & Video Games, "November 1995" (UK; 1995-10-13), page 48/49 (48)
  33. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "November 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 42
  34. Mega Fun, "11/95" (DE; 1995-xx-xx), page 72/73
  35. Mean Machines Sega, "November 1995" (UK; 1995-09-29), page 62-65 (62)
  36. VideoGames, "November 1995" (US; 1995-10-24), page 89
  37. https://hiddenpalace.org/Vectorman_(Jul_24,_1995_prototype)


Vectorman
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Games in the Vectorman Series
Vectorman (1995) | Vectorman 2 (1996) | Vectorman (PlayStation 2) (Unreleased)
Vectorman related media
Music
Sega Tunes: Vectorman (1996)