Review by Nathan Dunsmore



Graphics: 10

Sound: 10

Gameplay: 9

Overall: 9


1995 was an intense year for Sega. Taking a baby step with the 32X to making a bold leap with the Saturn, “flawed” was the last adjective they wanted to appear under their name in the dictionary. Before the first 3D-console war was unleashed center stage, Sega launched a shooting star that only a few of the gaming public would witness. Everything about Ristar aligns to form a beautiful constellation, shining with personality, depth, and imagination.

Ristar.png (20935 bytes)A tyrant across the galaxy, Greedy’s lust for domination is fulfilled when the planetary leaders fall under his manipulation. Dark forces reigning, the son of a captured hero casts a glimmer of hope.

For a short star, Ristar has a long reach. His extensive arms allow him to grapple then head-butt enemies, bar swing, lift and toss objects, and climb ladders. Collision detection couldn’t be more critical for a game such as this, and it is dead on target.

Exhibiting crystal clear detail, the graphics exercise the Genesis’s full 2D capabilities. There is just as much to see in the background as the foreground that they simultaneously create an engrossing world that greets us with open arms. Parading behind Streets of Rage 2 and side-by-side Sonic the Hedgehog 2, the music score is also stands as one of the consoles finest. An innovative incorporation of music with platforming is demonstrated in round one of Planet Sonata. Dulcet birds have lost their metronomes and once you find and return them, the birds add new verses to the level song.

Bonus levels initiate a secondary reinforcement for completists, but for the sake of pleasure alone should warrant multiple replays. Here is a rare case of a game that brings home satisfaction every time. Ristar is one of the most original video game heroes ever conceived, rivaling the likes of Sonic the Hedgehog with attitude and finesse. It deserves an honorable place among Sega’s superstar solar system.


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