X-Men

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X-Men
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Licensor: Marvel Entertainment Group
Sound driver: GEMS
Genre: Action

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$54.9954.99[1] 1057
Sega Mega Drive
EU
1057
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.9939.99[3][2] 1057
Sega Mega Drive
GR
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Mega Drive
BR
044210

X-Men is a side-scrolling action game for the Sega Mega Drive. It was followed by X-Men 2: Clone Wars.

Unusually, the game requires the use of the console's reset button in order to progress through a certain point in the game. This means the game is impossible to complete on systems (or emulators) lacking a soft reset, including the Sega Nomad.

Story

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Magneto

The game takes place in the Danger Room, a training area for the X-Men inside the X-Mansion. A virus transmitted via satellite has infected the Danger Room, disabling control and safety limits. The X-Men must endure the unpredictable behavior of the Danger Room until the virus can be located and eliminated. Once the virus is eliminated, the X-Men discover that Magneto is behind the computer virus and the final zone involves a battle with him.

Gameplay

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Danger Room

The game is an action platformer played as any of four X-Men characters. Characters walk with Left and Right and crouch with Down. They jump with C. Most characters can perform a spin jump or a somersault by pressing C again while in mid-air. Characters perform a "super high jump" by pressing C twice very rapidly. Characters can jump off platforms with Down+C. Some stages have background layers that are accessed with C; characters can move back into the foreground with Down+C. Characters do a basic melee attack with B. They also have special mutant abilities that are used with A but which cost energy. Energy slowly regenerates when it is not being used.

The game uses the Danger Room as a hub. One of the four playable X-Men characters is selected initially, then the player can enter the first combat zone by moving the character to the upper-left of the room. The character can be switched during gameplay by pausing the game with  START  and selecting a different character, but the player can only switch characters a certain number of times depending on the zone. Zones are maze-like and often require collecting keys or destroying panels to unlock doors and progress, and they each involve one or more encounters with X-Men villains.

After a zone is completed, the player returns to the Danger Room. The player can change the character here by hitting the switch under the monitors (with Down+B). The player can replenish the current character's health and energy by attacking orbs that fly around the Danger Room. Characters retain their health and energy in between zones. The player is automatically progressed to the next combat zone after a short duration, though this duration can be extended by destroying a machine in the top-right of the Danger Room.

In addition to the four playable X-Men, five other X-Men characters appear as part of the "backup team." These characters can be summoned during gameplay by pressing  START  and selecting one. They provide support such as attacking enemies or building a temporary platform. Assist characters can only be summoned one time, but the player can find tokens for each character throughout the game to gain additional summons.

Characters have a health bar that goes down when they take damage from enemies. If a character loses all health, the character is lost for the rest of the game and the player must restart the zone with a different character. The game ends if the player loses every character.

The game supports two-player simultaneous play, with each player controlling a different character. The game has three selectable difficulty levels (Amateur, Hero, and Superhero), but only the first three stages can be played on the lowest difficulty.

Characters

Playable

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Gambit
Gambit attacks with a bō staff, which has greater reach than the melee attacks of the other characters. His mutant ability is throwing energy-charged cards with A that seek enemies. He does a spin jump by pressing C twice and a spinning slash attack by pressing C twice followed by B.
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Nightcrawler
Nightcrawler can perform a diving kick with B while in the air. His mutant ability is teleporting with A. Enemies that touch the teleportation clouds are harmed. The teleportation can be aimed by pressing a direction on the D-pad while pressing A. Teleportation can be used to close distances on foes or to bypass barriers and find shortcuts or secrets. If it is not aimed, Nightcrawler teleports in and out in the same place, which does not cost any energy. He can somersault by pressing C twice.
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Wolverine
Wolverine attacks by punching. He can extend his claws with A, which causes his attacks to do more damage but cost mutant ability energy. While his claws are extended, he can perform a lunging slash with B while in the air or a spinning slash by pressing C twice. His mutant ability is his passive health regeneration.
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Cyclops
Cyclops attacks by punching. His mutant ability is shooting laser beams from his eyes with A. He can shoot his eye-beam while crouching or jumping. He performs a spin jump by pressing C twice. He can perform an optic blast spin attack, in which he shoots his eye-beams in several directions while spinning (similar to Joe Mushashi's spinning shuriken attack in Revenge of Shinobi), by pressing C twice followed by A. However, this maneuver costs significantly more energy than his usual eye-beam attack.

Helper

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Storm
Storm attacks all enemies on screen with violent winds.
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Rogue
Rogue appears and punches a single enemy.
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Archangel
Archangel flies by three times, firing a hail of projectiles with each pass.
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Iceman
Iceman builds a bridge that lasts for a limited amount of time.
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Jean Grey
Jean Grey automatically appears to rescue characters who fall into bottomless pits. There is no limit to the number of times she can do this, though characters still lose some health from falling. In two-player games, she can be summoned to reunite the players by bringing the character who is farther ahead back to the other.

Items

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Yellow X
Restores part of the current character's health.
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Blue X
Restores part of the current character's mutant ability energy.
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Key
Collect to open doors or deactivate devices.
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Orb
Destroy to restore the current character's health and energy. Orbs appear in the Danger Room after completing a zone.

Combat Zones

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The Savage Land
The player can switch characters up to three times in this zone. The bosses are Juggernaut and Zaladane.

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Shi'ar Empire
The player can switch characters up to three times in this zone. The boss is Deathbird.

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Excalibur's Lighthouse
The player can switch characters twice in this zone. The bosses are Sabretooth, Juggernaut, and Apocalypse.

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Ahab's Future World
The player can switch characters twice in this zone. The boss is Ahab.

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Mojo's Crunch
The player can switch characters once in this zone. The boss is Mojo. A timer appears as Mojo's face on the left side of the screen; the zone must be completed before time runs out.

At the end of the zone, after defeating Mojo, the screen locks and the character becomes stuck. Professor X appears in the Danger Room before this stage and provides a hint on how to complete this section: the player must attack a screen of the Danger Room to destroy it and then "reset" the computer that controls the Danger Room by pressing the  RESET  button on the Mega Drive in order to progress.

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Asteroid M
The player can switch characters up to three times in this zone. The boss is Magneto.

Production credits

Source:
In-game credits[4]
Source:
US manual[5]

Uncredited

  • Cover artwork: Phil Winslade

Magazine articles

Main article: X-Men/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in GamePro (US) #46: "May 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:
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Print advert in Mega Sega (ES) #1: "xxxx 1993" (1993-xx-xx)

Physical scans

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0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
60
[8]
Æskan (IS)
92
[9]
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
17
[10]
Consoles + (FR)
78
[11]
Cool Gamer (RU)
70
[12]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
72
[3]
Digitiser (UK) PAL
70
[13]
Electric Brain (UK)
65
[14]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
68
[15]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
60
[16]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 2 (RU)
80
[17]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
88
[18]
Freak (IL)
84
[19]
GameFan (US)
86
[20]
Game Power (IT) PAL
85
[21]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
95
[22]
GamesMaster (UK) PAL
73
[23]
Joypad (FR) PAL
85
[24]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
91
[25]
Mega (UK) PAL
85
[26]
Mega Action (UK) NTSC-U
80
[27]
Mega Force (FR)
92
[28]
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
60
[29]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
82
[30]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
88
[31]
Player One (FR)
80
[32]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
81
[33]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
78
[34]
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
87
[35]
Sega Force Mega (UK) NTSC-U
82
[36]
Sega Force (SE)
78
[37]
Sonic the Comic (UK) PAL
70
[38]
Supergame (BR) NTSC-U
77
[39]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
70
[40]
Video Games (DE) PAL
42
[41]
Sega Mega Drive
76
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X-Men

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Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1MB 1993-01 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1MB 1993-01 Cartridge (EU)

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 GamePro, "May 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 53
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mega, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-20), page 41
  3. 3.0 3.1 Computer & Video Games, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-15), page 42
  4. File:X-Men MD credits.pdf
  5. File:Xmen md us manual.pdf, page 26
  6. VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, "June 1993" (US; 1993-0x-xx), page 24
  7. Sega Visions, "October/November 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 28
  8. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 271
  9. Æskan, "" (IS; 1993-10-01), page 1
  10. Aktueller Software Markt, "Dezember 1993" (DE; 1993-11-08), page 57
  11. Consoles +, "Juin 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 120
  12. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 241
  13. Digitiser (UK) (1993-04-08)
  14. Electric Brain, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-26), page 24
  15. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "May 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 30
  16. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 368
  17. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 2, "" (RU; 2000-xx-xx), page 296
  18. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 117
  19. Freak, "3/93" (IL; 1993-xx-xx), page 1
  20. GameFan, "Volume 1, Issue 5: April 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 14
  21. Game Power, "Giugno 1993" (IT; 1993-0x-xx), page 80
  22. GamePro, "May 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 52
  23. GamesMaster, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-20), page 64
  24. Joypad, "Juin 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 120
  25. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-04-29), page 28
  26. Mega, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-20), page 40
  27. Mega Action, "October 1993" (UK; 1993-09-09), page 16
  28. Mega Force, "Juin 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 88
  29. Mega Fun, "06/93" (DE; 1993-05-19), page 38
  30. MegaTech, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-23), page 42
  31. Mean Machines Sega, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-24), page 40
  32. Player One, "Juillet/Août 1993" (FR; 1993-07-10), page 82
  33. Sega Power, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-06), page 52
  34. Sega Pro, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-08), page 38
  35. Sega Zone, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-08), page 18
  36. Sega Force Mega, "August 1993" (UK; 1993-06-24), page 48
  37. Sega Force, "5/93" (SE; 1993-08-26), page 10
  38. Sonic the Comic, "29th May 1993" (UK; 1993-05-29), page 12
  39. Supergame, "Junho 1993" (BR; 1993-06-xx), page 12
  40. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 230
  41. Video Games, "11/93" (DE; 1993-10-27), page 128


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