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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 Genesis The boss is on the background... and you are not happy about that
Ristar Game Gear Long hands are very helpful
Ristar Windows next arena
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 (345)

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Game Gear Mar, 1995 4.5 out of 5 90
Mega Fun Game Gear Feb, 1995 84 out of 100 84
Play Time Game Gear Mar, 1995 84 out of 100 84
GameCola.net Genesis Sep, 2004 8.14 out of 10 81
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Genesis Mar, 1995 8 out of 10 80
GamesCollection Genesis Mar 30, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Eurogamer.de Wii Jan 26, 2007 4 out of 5 80
Gamers (Germany) Genesis Feb, 1995 12 out of 15 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) Wii Jan 23, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Defunct Games Game Gear Aug 11, 2007 65 out of 100 65

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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

  • 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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