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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'm one of the chosen Crystal Warriors! Give me back my princess, Garland!... Wait, that's a wrong game...
Ristar Windows on ice
Ristar Genesis Finally, a city!
Ristar Windows Title screen

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 (344)

Critic Reviews

Jeuxvideo.com Genesis Jan 15, 2010 18 out of 20 90
SEGA-Portal.de Genesis Nov 11, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Mega Fun Game Gear Feb, 1995 84 out of 100 84
Mean Machines Genesis 1995 84 out of 100 84
GameCola.net Genesis Sep, 2004 8.14 out of 10 81
Gamers (Germany) Game Gear Mar, 1995 12 out of 15 80
Gamers (Germany) Genesis Feb, 1995 12 out of 15 80
Game Players Genesis Feb, 1995 79 out of 100 79
Video Games Genesis Feb, 1995 72 out of 100 72
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

  • 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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