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Ristar

MobyRank MobyScore
Wii
82
1.6
Game Gear
81
3.6
Genesis
87
4.2
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Ristar Game Gear Level introduction (so similar to Sonic)
Ristar Genesis Your first boss battle in the game
Ristar Genesis A pot? A pot, just a pot!
Ristar Genesis Yet another fearsome 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

Jeuxvideo.com Genesis Jan 15, 2010 18 out of 20 90
GamePro (US) Game Gear Mar, 1995 4.5 out of 5 90
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Genesis May 30, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Mega Fun Genesis Feb, 1995 84 out of 100 84
neXGam Game Gear Dec 27, 2009 8.3 out of 10 83
GamesCollection Genesis Mar 30, 2010 8 out of 10 80
All Game Guide Genesis 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Eurogamer.de Wii Jan 26, 2007 4 out of 5 80
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Genesis Mar, 1995 8 out of 10 80
Le Geek Game Gear Jul, 2006 3.5 out of 5 70

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Trivia

Animation

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

Development

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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