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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 Entering level password
Ristar Windows next arena
Ristar Genesis The boss is on the background... and you are not happy about that
Ristar Genesis Impressive boss

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

HonestGamers Game Gear Dec 09, 2003 10 out of 10 100
HonestGamers Genesis Dec 20, 2003 10 out of 10 100 Genesis Apr 07, 2008 9 out of 10 90
GamePro (US) Game Gear Mar, 1995 4.5 out of 5 90
Hobby Consolas Genesis Feb, 1995 90 out of 100 90
Mean Machines Genesis 1995 84 out of 100 84 Genesis Sep, 2004 8.14 out of 10 81 Wii Jan 26, 2007 4 out of 5 80
Gamers (Germany) Genesis Feb, 1995 12 out of 15 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Game Gear Feb, 1995 7.6 out of 10 76


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There was a lot of changes between Regions for Ristar. Example in Japan the Ice Planet's (Western's Freon or Japan's Elykiki) Boss was a Robotic Cat. In the Western versions it was a Ice Monster! Other odd changes were made like the story of the Legendary Hero was not in the Japanese version, Ristar was born from the wish of help from the Elder on Flora/Neer not the Son of an Giant handed Hero!

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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