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Ristar (Genesis)

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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 Genesis I just arrived on the planet, and already you scare me like this!
Ristar Genesis Jumping Around in the First Level
Ristar Genesis Oh no, what have I done? Water is rising!
Ristar Genesis Now I understand how hard it is to be a pianist...

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

User Reviews

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The Press Says

The DOS Spirit Dec 10, 2013 5.5 out of 6 92 Jan 15, 2010 18 out of 20 90
Digital Press - Classic Video Games May 30, 2007 9 out of 10 90 Nov 11, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Hobby Consolas Feb, 1995 90 out of 100 90
Mean Machines 1995 84 out of 100 84
Mega Fun Feb, 1995 84 out of 100 84 Sep, 2004 8.14 out of 10 81
All Game Guide 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Mar, 1995 8 out of 10 80


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The PAL Sega Mega Drive/Genesis has a higher resolution than the NTSC system. Most games just add borders to compensate for the higher resolution. But Ristar is one of the few games that actually takes advantage of this resolution and uses the full screen.

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!")
Opipeuter (16479) added Ristar (Genesis) on Jan 02, 2004
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