Whip Rush

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Whip Rush
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Sega, Renovation Products (US)
Sound driver: SMPS Z80
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥6,000 G-4031
Sega Mega Drive
$? T-49016

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Whip Rush, called Whip Rush: Wakusei Voltegas no Nazo (ウィップラッシュ 惑星ボルテガスの謎) in Japan, is a 1990 shoot-'em-up developed by VIC Tokai for Sega for the Sega Mega Drive and released exclusively in Japan and the US.


2222 AD. The solar system as a whole has become overpopulated, and ships leave in search of new land. Five years later, still on their search, they disappear shortly after announcing their approach of the planet Voltegas (Voltegeus in the US version). Then, a massive alien craft appears near Mars approaching Earth and begins to attack. Fortunately, Whip Rush, a small ship, is ready to save the day.


B shoots (you have rapidfire, although at a limited rate). The game has no hard coded bullet limit, so using an autofire controller significantly reduces the difficulty as level. Holding A allows you to adjust your speed; the current speed is shown in a meter at the top of the screen. C moves the options around when not shooting, and lets them pulsate up and down/back and forth while shooting. Powerups are collected by shooting at capsules scattered around each level; getting hit makes you lose all powerups; getting hit again kills you.


Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English (US) Whip Rush Whip Rush
Japanese Whip Rush: Wakusei Voltegas no Nazo (ウィップラッシュ 惑星ボルテガスの謎) Whip Rush The Mystery of Planet Voltegas

Production credits

  • Object and Scroll Designer: Yamanba, Kuninori Asano
  • Scroll Designer: Toshiya Kino
  • Title: Yamanba
  • Opening: Yamanba
  • Ending: Porten
  • Game Designer: Kazuaki Kinoshita
  • Programmer: Taka Yan, Nabechan, K.Iwa
  • Sound: Seriinu and Sebastian
Source: In-game credits
Source: Sega TV Game Genga Gallery[2]

Magazine articles

Main article: Whip Rush/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

WhipRush MD US Flyer.jpg

US flyer

SegaVisions US 02.pdf

Print advert in Sega Visions (US) #2: "October/November 1990" (1990-xx-xx)
also published in:

EGM US 019.pdf

Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #19: "February 1991" (1991-xx-xx)

BeepMD JP 1990-06.pdf

Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1990-06: "June 1990" (1990-05-08)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
63 [4]
58 [5]
48 [6]
63 №102, [1]
72 №15, p70
79 [7]
50 №1990-11, p13
90 [8]
61 №5, p95
48 [9]
80 [10]
83 [11]
85 №18, p68
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
13 reviews

Mega Drive, US
WhipRush MD US Box.jpg
WhipRush MD US Cart.jpg
Whiprush md us manual.pdf
Mega Drive, JP
WhipRush MD JP Box.jpg
WhipRush MD JP CartTop.jpg
WhipRush MD JP Cart.jpg
Whiprush md jp manual.pdf

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
1990-01-29 Page