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This version of Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday retains most of the story and the core gameplay of the computer version of the same name, but differs in several gameplay- and interface-related aspects.

The main differences involve reduction of some of the skills and equipment types present in the computer version. Limitations have been imposed on character creation as well: there are only four character classes (Warrior, Rocketjock, Medic, and Rogue) and three races (Human, Desert Runner, and Tinker) to choose from, as opposed to five character classes and six races in the computer release.

You play as a party of new recruits to the organisation NEO which is fighting the RAM faction, a group of tyrants who previously ruled the solar system. The game begins with you preventing an invasion of earth headquarters by alien mutants. After this you transit to an orbital command base where you take on several different missions.

In the computer version, first-person view and pseudo-3D graphics were used for navigation, while combat was viewed from isometric perspective. In this release, isometric view is used both for navigation and combat, the player-controlled party visible from third-person perspective.

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Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday Genesis Near a RAM base on Venus.
Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday Genesis Battle on martian surface.
Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday Genesis Never mind the alarm? Of course not - it's always great to be on a time limit when you're saving the universe.
Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday Genesis Whenever I try to explore - people always want to kill me.

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User Reviews

Look behind you, a plasma-throwing RAM assault robot! Unicorn Lynx (174029) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
One of the top 10 Genesis games...an underrated gem! zemonn (173) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
No Twiki here! Nick Seafort (22) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Jan, 1992 5 out of 5 100
Mean Machines Mar, 1992 91 out of 100 91
16bit 2004 91 out of 100 91
RPGFan Nov 28, 2000 88 out of 100 88
Just Games Retro Sep 30, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Video Games Apr, 1992 79 out of 100 79
Power Play May, 1992 78 out of 100 78
Play Time Apr, 1992 77 out of 100 77
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Mar, 1992 9 out of 12 75

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Version differences

While the game started out as a direct port of the PC version, it ended up with a number of subtle changes and new features, including: a new isometric "explore" mode, trimmed description text, expanded sub-plots, some new portraits, a number of UI enhancements and completely new space travel and space combat engine.
PCGamer77 (3001) added Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday (Genesis) on Jun 07, 2002