GBAtemp Recommends Revival # 058 Ristar

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  1. Hadrian

    Hadrian Better than Craigslist

    Former Staff
    Oct 12, 2004
    Welcome to the 58th issue of the GBAtemp Recommends Revival Project! This project is a weekly feature where we share our favourite games and applications with you. The things we recommend may be "old school" titles, a Homebrew, a ROM hack, sleeper hits, an application, etc, but one thing's for certain, we think they are fantastic and deserve your attention!​

    GBAtemp Recommends!


    Ah Ristar, the forgotten platforming classic. In Ristar, you played a a strange star with stretchable arms and legs and you travelled across colourful lands of the Valdi System to defeat the evil space pirate, Kaiser Greedy to stop him from using his mind control which have made the planets leaders obey him.​
    The game was a very well thought out platformer that incorporated a lot of new ideas into a genre that was starting to get a bit tired. Unlike some platformers at the time, rather than try to out run Sonic, the game focused more on Ristar's stratchy arms and legs for him to defeat the enemies that got in his way by either grabbing them and headbutting them or by grabbing objects to throw at them, he also uses these to navigate his way across the seven planets.​
    This guy never got to star in a sequel, maybe because the game may have not done as well seeing it was released in 1995 (which was the year the PlayStation debuted) and Sega's 16-bit console was overshadowed by the on coming and hype of other consoles but that doesn't mean this should have been forgotten. However with graphics that showed what the 16 bit Sega console could do, extremely memorable tunes, good sound effects and gameplay mechanics that worked so well and very inspiring level design made this game something of a cult classic.​
    I must note that while this is credited to Sonic Team, most of the core team have not actually worked on a single Sonic game and only a few of the members working on Sonic CD before. Most went on to make more Sonic Team games, most notably Nights into Dreams on the Sega Saturn.​
    There was also a Game Gear port at the time which plays the same, however this misses some levels.​
    Genre: Platformer
    Release Year: 1995
    Developed: Sonic Team
    Published by: SEGA
    Designed by: Takumi Miyake/Akira Nishino/Takeshi Niimura
    Released For: Mega Drive/Genesis (also on XBLA, Steam & WiiWare)

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    RedCoreZero, BortzANATOR and raulpica like this.
  2. raulpica

    raulpica With your drill, thrust to the sky!

    Former Staff
    Oct 23, 2007
    PowerLevel: 9001
    Looks amazing, it's on my "must-play" Genesis list now :D
  3. Hadrian

    Hadrian Better than Craigslist

    Former Staff
    Oct 12, 2004
    It's quite a special game, showing one level does not do it much justice. Some platformers rely on the "same gameplay, different theme" process of their levels whereas Ristar tries to do something different different with each world. In a way it feels quite like a modern 2D platformer too and also one of those games where the water levels are quite enjoyable rather than annoying.
  4. Ethevion

    Ethevion Wannabe Artist

    Sep 23, 2010
    This is one of those games that have a special place in the gaming section of my heart.
  5. Rydian

    Rydian Resident Furvertâ„¢

    Feb 4, 2010
    United States
    Cave Entrance, Watching Cyan Write Letters
    Man, I literally burned a CD with some of the sound tracks from this back in middle school. Surprisingly fleshed-out music for a platformer.
  6. vpd

    vpd GBAtemp Regular

    Sep 2, 2009
    I've spent alot of time playing this game in the past, it's a great game, nice graphics, music and gameplay!
    I only wish there was a sequel, but everyone should give this a go if you like 2D Platformers
  7. Felipe_9595

    Felipe_9595 GBAtemp Fan

    Dec 26, 2010
    Cote d'Ivoire
    You know, we included Ristar in SSB Crusade, and i think only one of us have played the original game xD
  8. RedCoreZero

    RedCoreZero Creativity is Power

    Nov 12, 2012
    United States
    Lived in Florida
    I wish I was director I would make this a sorta rpg
  9. Another World

    Another World Emulate the Planet!

    Former Staff
    Jan 3, 2008
    From Where???
    great recommendation.

    -another world
  10. VatoLoco

    VatoLoco Don't crush that dwarf, hand me the pliers.

    Jan 29, 2008
    United States
    Ya Cant Get There From Here
    i need to try this one.
    my bookcover impression makes me think of kirby vacuuming up starfy and powering into ristar.

    edit:....or is that coolspot behind ristars star-face o.0
  11. Hadrian

    Hadrian Better than Craigslist

    Former Staff
    Oct 12, 2004
    The next issue will be on Tuesday, suddenly I have a lot to do so I'll get these out then
  12. Bladexdsl

    Bladexdsl ZOMG my's over 9000!!!

    Nov 17, 2008
    i actually paid for this on the vc than when it wouldnt work on the component cables was the last vc i ever bought and switched to gensplus and never looked back :P
  13. Washudoll

    Washudoll GBAtemp Regular

    Apr 8, 2003
    This one is a gem amongst the other gems on the sega megadrive.
    Glad that I still have the original game.

    Ristar is also seen on the last game of Sega All Stars Racing. Sega hasn't forgotten him.
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