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Ristar (Game Gear)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.
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The evil tyrant Greedy has arisen to control a solar system full of sentient beings. He has corrupted the leaders of each world and thereby enslaved the entire populace. He has also sent his minions in the disguise of planet natives into the worlds to enforce his rule.

A lush forest planet, the last planet in the tyrants agenda manages to send a call of help to the solar systems little ancient hero before being over run. However, Greedy has even managed to remove the great hero. Yet, he did not count on the interference of the hero's sun, Ristar.

The player takes control of Ristar in his attempt to liberate the solar system. Ristar can stretch out his arms to grab enemies and summarily headbutt them. His long limbs can also be used to climb up on various surfaces. Being a star adds more features to the gameplay.


Ristar Game Gear Evil lands on planet
Ristar Game Gear Main title screen
Ristar Game Gear Our hero in first journey
Ristar Game Gear Level introduction (so similar to Sonic)

Alternate Titles

  • "Ristar: The Shooting Star" -- Japanese title
  • "Dexstar" -- Working Title
  • "リスター ザ・シューティングスター" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

HonestGamers Dec 09, 2003 10 out of 10 100
GamePro (US) Mar, 1995 4.5 out of 5 90
Mega Fun Feb, 1995 84 out of 100 84
neXGam Dec 27, 2009 8.3 out of 10 83
Game Players May, 1995 81 out of 100 81
Gamers (Germany) Mar, 1995 12 out of 15 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Feb, 1995 7.6 out of 10 76
Le Geek Jul, 2006 3.5 out of 5 70
Defunct Games Aug 11, 2007 65 out of 100 65


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There was a lot of changes between Regions for Ristar. Example in Japan the Ice Planet's (Western's Freon or Japan's Elykiki) Boss was a Robotic Cat. In the Western versions it was a Ice Monster! Other odd changes were made like the story of the Legendary Hero was not in the Japanese version, Ristar was born from the wish of help from the Elder on Flora/Neer not the Son of an Giant handed Hero!

Related Web Sites

  • Ristar Cluster (The ultimate Ristar related site. with info on almost all aspects of the game. and Ristar's Cameos and indepth info on the Planets and bosses! "An Nebulae of Ristar Information!")
be34269 (138) added Ristar (Game Gear) on Nov 08, 2005
Other platforms contributed by Corn Popper (69521), Foxhack (12491) and Opipeuter (16350)