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The Terminator

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The Terminator
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
Publisher:
Developer:
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
Krisalis sound driver
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$59.99More...[1]More...[2] 70026
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.99More...[3] T-70026-50
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F T-70026-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? T-70026-50
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas T-70026-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?



Sega Master System
UK
£32.99More...[5] MK-27025-50
Sega Master System
FR
?F MK-27025-50
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? MK-27025-50
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas MK-27025-50
Sega Master System
AU
$? ?
Sega Master System
BR
R$? 027320



Sega Game Gear
US
$39.99More...[7] T-70048
Sega Game Gear
EU
(Classic)
€? ?
Sega Game Gear
UK
£25.99More...[9]More...[10] T-70048-50
Sega Game Gear
FR
?F T-70048-50
Sega Game Gear
DE
DM ? T-70048-50
Sega Game Gear
ES
?Ptas T-70048-50
Sega Game Gear
IT
T-70048-50



The Terminator is a game that was released in 1992 by Virgin Interactive and Probe Entertainment Limited for the Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear video game systems. It is based on the 1984 film of the same name.

The game focuses on a soldier named Kyle Reese who was sent back in time from the future to protect a woman named Sarah Connor. A cyborg from the future is also sent back in time to assassinate Sarah Connor. While the games have the same themes and identical amount of stages, the Mega Drive version differs from the Game Gear and Master System versions in terms of stage design, enemy layout etc. Generally speaking, the 8-bit versions put a bigger focus on platforming.

Gameplay

The game is a side scrolling shooter with objectives that vary level to level. Level 1 sets Kyle in the future in search of a time machine. Level 2 has Kyle searching for Sarah in present time while Level 3 has him reuniting with her after a brief separation. The final level features a deadly confrontation with the Terminators endoskeleton. The first level features three weapons while the levels after that have only one. Players have a 5 health points which deplete with each hit from enemies taken. This is replaced by a percentage bar in the Game Gear and Master System versions.

In the Sega Mega Drive version there are also selectable difficulty levels which affect gameplay. The difficulty level affects item placement in stage 1 (easy gives you the rifle earlier) and the drop rate of health items. On higher difficulty levels, drop rates are so low that luck plays a big part in clearing the game, as the game is designed in a way that taking damage is unavoidable.

B throws bombs or fires the rifle. C jumps. If you collect plantable bombs, A plants one. (replaced by an automatically planeted on in the Game Gear and Master System versions). In the 8-bit versions, Kyle can die by falling from high places. Health is restored by collecting randomly dropped bottles in the 16-bit version, while there is no way to restore health in the 8-bit versions aside from clearing a stage. The game has no lives and no continue system.

Score is awarded for defeating enemies. However, in all versions, enemies spawn infinitely, making the score counter pointless.

Levels

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Los Angeles, 2029 AD
Players have three weapons at their disposal in this level: Timed Explosives, Grenades, and a Machine Gun. Enemies include Armored Tanks, Hunter Killers, and Terminators. The objective is to destroy a reactor and head into the Time Machine before an explosion ensues.
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Los Angeles, 1984
This level takes place on the streets of Los Angeles. Enemies include police officers, helicopters, firebomb hurlers, and the Terminator. The level ends in the Tech Noir disco.
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West Palm Police Station
This level takes place in the police station as Reese tries to escape from captivity. The enemy list is the same as the previous level. The level ends after Kyle reaches Sarah Connor.
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The Final Confrontation
This level takes place in Cyberdyne's factory. Kyle must confront the Terminator's endoskeleton form. The level ends when Kyle leads the Terminator into a machine press.

Versions

The Sega Mega Drive version contains unused music tracks and animation quality is inconsistent. This hints that the game was rushed out in an unfinished state. The fact that a Sega Mega-CD version exists that is much richer in content and reuses certain sounds, fonts etc. as well as crediting "Dave Perry" behind the original concept (Dave aka David Perry was the programmer of the Mega Drive version) further fortifies that.

The game doesn't perform a region check and thus runs on every region hardware.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

Developed in the UK for Virgin by Probe Software Limited, England
  • Programmed by: David Perry
  • Artwork by: Nick Bruty
  • Additional Artwork by: Hugh Riley
  • Interludes Artwork by: Saul Marchese
  • Sprite Animation by: Tony Shorten
  • Screenplay Adaptation by: Neil Young
  • Music by: Matt Furniss
  • Music Driver by: Shaun Hollingworth
  • Quality Assurance by: Fergus Mc Govern
  • Produced for Probe Software by: Neil Young
For Virgin Games...
  • Executive Producer: Dr. Stephen H. Clarke-Willson
  • Produced for Virgin Games by: Lyle J. Hall II
  • Quality Assurance by: Lyle J. Hall II, Andy Green, Ian Mathias
  • Manual by: Cathie A. Bartz
The Terminator is a James Cameron Film
The Terminator (C) 1984 Cinema '84
A Greenberg Brothers Partnership.
All Rights Reserved
  • Licensed by: Hemdale Film Corporation
  • Sublicensed by: Bethesda Softworks
The Terminator TM Designates a trademark of Cinema '84 - A Greenberg Brothers Partnership.
Source: In-game credits


Developed by Probe Software
  • Programmed by: David Perry
  • Graphics by: Nick Bruty
  • Music/Sound Effects: Krisalis Software
  • Produced by: Neil Young
Published by Virgin Games, Inc
  • Executive Producer: Dr. Stephen H. Clarke-Willson
  • Product Manager: Lyle J. Hall II
  • Quality Assurance by: Lyle J. Hall II, Tommy Tallarico, Michael D. Gater, Jeff Wagoner, Noah Tool, Ron Friedman, Bert Pelascini
  • Manual by: Cathie A. Bartz
  • Edited by: Lisa Marcinko
Source: US manualMedia:TTerminator md us manual.pdf[12]


Master System version

  • The Terminator was published by: Virgin Games
  • Developed in the UK for Virgin by: Probe Software Limited, England
  • Programmed by: Dominic Wood
  • Artwork by: Mark Knowles
  • Audio by: Krisalis Software
  • Music by: Matt Furniss
  • Interlude and Credit Sequences: Brian Rogers
  • Designed for Probe Software by: Neil Young, Dominic Wood, Mark Knowles
  • Product Quality Assurance by: Andy Green, Ian Mathias, Darren Lloyd
  • Produced for Virgin Games by: Ian Mathias
  • Produced for Probe Software by: Neil Young
The Terminator (C) 1984 Cinema 84
Greenberg Brothers Partnership
All Rights Reserved
  • Licensed by: Hemdale Film Corporation
  • Sublicensed by: Bethesda Softworks
The Terminator TM Designates a Trademark of Cinema 84
Greenberg Brothers Partnership
Source: In-game credits


Game Gear version

  • The Terminator was Published by: Virgin Games
  • Developed in the UK for Virgin by: Probe Software Ltd, England
  • Programmed by: Dominic Wood
  • Artwork by: Mark Knowles
  • Audio by: Krisalis Software
  • Music by: Matt Furnis
  • Interlude and Credit Sequences by: Brian Rogers
  • Designed for Probe Software by: Neil Young, Dominic Wood, Mark Knowles
  • Quality Assurance by: Andy Green, Ian Mathias, Darren Lloyd
  • Produced for Virgin Games by: Ian Mathias
  • Produced for Probe Software by: Neil Young
The Terminator (C) 1984 Cinema 84
Greenberg Brothers Partnership
All Rights Reserved
  • Licensed by: Hemdale Film Corporation
  • Sublicensed by: Bethesda Softworks
The Terminator (TM) Designates a Trademark of Cinema 84
Source: In-game credits


Developed by Probe Software
Published by Virgin Games, Inc
  • Producer: Lyle J. Hall II
  • UK Production: Ian Mathias
  • Manual: Lyle J. Hall II
  • Manual Editing: Lisa Marcinko
  • Testing and Quality Assurance: Darren Lloyd, Michael Gater, Noah Tool, Justin Norr, Joey Kuras
Source: US manualMedia:The Terminator GG US Manual.pdf[13]


Magazine articles

Main article: The Terminator/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: The Terminator/Promotional material.

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
91 More...[14]
81 More...[15]
41 More...Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[16]
84 More...[17]
87 №1
92 №9, p28-29
90 More...[18]
86 More...[19]
86 More...[20]
63 №5, p95
71 №12, p89
75 More...[21]
60 More...[22]
43 More...[23]
87 №32, p22-23
92 More...[24]
89 №18, p68
42 More...[25]
84 More...[26]
77 More...[27]
84 More...[28]
Sega Mega Drive
76
Based on
21 reviews

Mega Drive, US
TTerminator md us cover.jpg
Cover
TTerminator md us cart.jpg
Cart
TTerminator md us manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
TTerminator md eu cover.jpg
Cover
TTerminator md eu cart.jpg
Cart
The Terminator MD EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
90 More...[29]
82 More...[30]
82 More...Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[31]
83 №10, p40
80 More...[32]
92 More...[33]
92 №31, p152
68 More...[34]
82 More...[35]
79 More...[36]
81 №32, p24
90 More...[24]
90 More...[37]
90 More...[38]
80 More...[39]
Sega Master System
84
Based on
15 reviews

Master System, EU
Terminator SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
Terminator SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
The Terminator SMS EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, BR
Terminator SMS BR Box Back.jpgNospine.pngTerminator SMS BR Box.jpg
Cover
Master System, AU

Terminator SMS AU Cart.jpg
Cart

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
81 More...[40]
74 More...Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[41]
90 More...[42]
84 More...[11]
84 More...[43]
82 More...[44]
82 More...[45]
70 More...[46]
87 №36, p62
92 №13, p64
80 More...[47]
87 More...[48]
Sega Game Gear
83
Based on
12 reviews

Game Gear, US
Terminator GG US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngTerminator GG US cover.jpg
Cover
Terminator GG US Cart.jpg
Cart
The Terminator GG US Manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, EU
Terminator GG EU backcover.jpgNospine.pngTerminator GG EU cover.jpg
Cover
Terminator GG EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Game Gear, EU (Classic Game Gear)
Terminator GG EU Box Top Classic.jpg
Terminator GG EU Box Back Classic.jpgTerminator GG EU Box Spine Classic.jpgTerminator GG EU Box Front Classic.jpgTerminator GG EU Box Spine2 Classic.jpg
Terminator GG EU Box Bottom Classic.jpg
Cover
Terminator GG EU Cart.jpg
Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32 31a629be
MD5
SHA-1
1MB 1992-05 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32 15f4d302
MD5
SHA-1
1MB 1992-04 Cartridge (EU)
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 E3D5CE9A
MD5 BA2AA1C3C3D0A24ACBB2E86C1FB0AADF
SHA-1 BEA0A1D0271FAA2273E4CF1E968241D018C81DA1
256kB Cartridge (BR)
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 EDC5C012
MD5 F224907676A09C7F0404C95C316F1503
SHA-1 EAF733D385E61526B90C1B194BF605078D43E2D3
256kB Cartridge (EU)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 C029A5FD
MD5 B9190F130F728BA8C05D82D5F01FDE21
SHA-1 1889D019BD9F5919517805A2E02A9691DE5EF634
256kB Cartridge (US/EU)

References

  1. GamePro, "January 1992" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 80
  2. 2.0 2.1 GamePro, "February 1992" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 53
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sega Force, "July 1992" (UK; 1992-xx-xx), page 61
  4. Sega Pro, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-05-21), page 33
  5. Sega Force, "August 1992" (UK; 1992-07-09), page 55
  6. Sega Pro, "August 1992" (UK; 1992-07-16), page 7
  7. 7.0 7.1 GamePro, "August 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 86
  8. GamePro, "July 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 94
  9. Computer & Video Games, "October 1992 (Go! Issue 12)" (UK; 1992-09-15), page 20
  10. Sega Zone, "November 1992" (UK; 1992-xx-xx), page 57
  11. 11.0 11.1 GamesMaster, "January 1993" (UK; 1992-12-03), page 92
  12. File:TTerminator md us manual.pdf, page 11
  13. File:The Terminator GG US Manual.pdf, page 11
  14. Computer & Video Games, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-05-15), page 20-21 (20)
  15. Consoles +, "Juillet/Août 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 54-56 (54)
  16. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 106
  17. GamePro, "February 1992" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 50-51 (52)
  18. Hobby Consolas, "Septiembre 1992" (ES; 1992-xx-xx), page 40-43 (40)
  19. Joypad, "Septembre 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 50-51 (50)
  20. Joystick, "Septembre 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 167
  21. Mega, "January 1994" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 86-87 (86)
  22. MegaTech, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-xx-xx), page 46-48 (46)
  23. Mean Machines, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-05-28), page 84-86 (84)
  24. 24.0 24.1 Sega Pro, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-05-21), page 32-34 (32)
  25. Sega Force, "2/92" (SE; 1992-11-19), page 19
  26. Sega Force, "July 1992" (UK; 1992-xx-xx), page 58-59 (60)
  27. Supersonic, "Septembre 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 10
  28. Zero, "July 1992" (UK; 1992-06-11), page 26-27 (26)
  29. Computer & Video Games, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-05-15), page 22-23 (22)
  30. Consoles +, "Juillet/Août 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 110-111 (110)
  31. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 160
  32. Hobby Consolas, "Septiembre 1992" (ES; 1992-xx-xx), page 44-45 (44)
  33. Joypad, "Septembre 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 82-83 (82)
  34. Micromanía, "Enero 1993" (ES; 199x-xx-xx), page 57
  35. Mean Machines, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-05-28), page 88-89 (88)
  36. Player One, "Juillet/Août 1992" (FR; 1992-07-10), page 110-111 (106)
  37. Sega Force, "August 1992" (UK; 1992-07-09), page 54-55 (54)
  38. Supersonic, "Juillet/Août 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 19
  39. Zero, "August 1992" (UK; 1992-xx-xx), page 37
  40. Computer & Video Games, "October 1992 (Go! Issue 12)" (UK; 1992-09-15), page 20-21 (20)
  41. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 171
  42. GamePro, "August 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 84 (86)
  43. Joypad, "Janvier 1993" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 142
  44. Joystick, "Février 1993" (FR; 1993-xx-xx), page 194
  45. Mean Machines Sega, "December 1992" (UK; 1992-xx-xx), page 120
  46. Player One, "Mars/Avril 1993" (FR; 1993-03-10), page 115 (107)
  47. Sega Zone, "November 1992" (UK; 1992-xx-xx), page 56-57 (56)
  48. Sega Force, "November 1992" (UK; 1992-10-08), page 76


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Sega Master System
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Sega Game Gear
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