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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 Hot problem
Ristar Genesis I look funny today... and what's in that cage?
Ristar Windows Over fire
Ristar Windows Bouncing

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 (338)

The Press Says

GameFan Magazine Genesis Feb, 1995 93 out of 100 93
The DOS Spirit Genesis Dec 10, 2013 5.5 out of 6 92 Genesis Nov 11, 2009 9 out of 10 90
GamePro (US) Game Gear Mar, 1995 4.5 out of 5 90
Retrogaming History Genesis Apr 07, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Mega Fun Genesis Feb, 1995 84 out of 100 84 Genesis Sep, 2004 8.14 out of 10 81
GamePro (US) Genesis Feb, 1995 4 out of 5 80 Wii Jan 26, 2007 4 out of 5 80
Gamestyle Wii Aug 19, 2007 7 out of 10 70


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

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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