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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 Windows Skiing
Ristar Windows Intro
Ristar Genesis Entering level password
Ristar Windows Space flight

Promo Images

Ristar Screenshot
Ristar Screenshot
Ristar Screenshot
Ristar Screenshot

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

Colourful, Bright, and Forgotten. Wii So Hai (347)

Critic Reviews

HonestGamers Game Gear Dec 09, 2003 10 out of 10 100
GameFan Magazine Genesis Feb, 1995 93 out of 100 93 Wii Jan 15, 2010 18 out of 20 90
Mean Machines Genesis 1995 84 out of 100 84
neXGam Game Gear Dec 27, 2009 8.3 out of 10 83
Play Time Genesis Feb, 1995 83 out of 100 83
GamePro (US) Genesis Feb, 1995 4 out of 5 80 Wii Jan 26, 2007 4 out of 5 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Game Gear Feb, 1995 7.6 out of 10 76
Gamestyle Wii Aug 19, 2007 7 out of 10 70


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The idle animation of Ristar is unique for each planet in the game.


The arm moves of Ristar were originally intended for a Sonic the Hedgehog game.

Regional differences

There was a lot of changes between regions for Ristar. For example the Ice Planet's (Western's Freon or Japan's Elykiki) boss was a robotic cat. In the Western versions, it was an ice monster. Other changes were made like the story of the Legendary Hero was not in the Japanese version, Ristar was born from the wishes of help from the Elder on Flora/Neer not from the son of a giant handed hero.

Also, 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.

Information also contributed by ケヴィン, djbrayster, and MegamanX64

Related Web Sites

  • Game Maps (Game Gear) from SMS Power! (Level maps of first worlds.)
  • 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!")
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