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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 A pot? A pot, just a pot!
Ristar Genesis Hey, let's swim! There are nice things at the bottom
Ristar Genesis I was just enjoying the view... trying to ignore the pesky flying insects
Ristar Windows On ladder

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 Genesis Dec 18, 2001 9.2 out of 10 92
GamePro (US) Game Gear Mar, 1995 4.5 out of 5 90 Genesis Jan 15, 2010 18 out of 20 90
neXGam Game Gear Dec 27, 2009 8.3 out of 10 83
Game Players Game Gear May, 1995 81 out of 100 81
Gamers (Germany) Genesis Feb, 1995 12 out of 15 80
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Genesis Mar, 1995 8 out of 10 80
Gamers (Germany) Game Gear Mar, 1995 12 out of 15 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Game Gear Feb, 1995 7.6 out of 10 76


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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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