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Sub-Terrania (Genesis)

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Aliens have invaded a vital subterranean mining colony. Use light-speed reflexes and total concentration to fly your prototype fighter through impossible caverns rescuing miners and blast those aliens into the darkest pits of space!

The game consists of 10 missions. Each mission takes place in a vast cavern, with interesting weather conditions. You must explore it and complete the mission objectives -- usually collecting sub parts, rescuing trapped miners, or destroying giant, epic bosses. You can also explore the levels, but keep an eye on your fuel gauge and beware the many hazards!


Sub-Terrania Genesis Finishing with his robots life
Sub-Terrania Genesis Mission 1 scoring
Sub-Terrania Genesis Attention with his fireballs and his vivacious tail
Sub-Terrania Genesis Analyzing building

Alternate Titles

  • "Subterrainia" -- Informal Name

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User Reviews

Very underrated gem for the Genesis Mark Weber (16) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars
Classic shooter for the Genesis. Chris Charabaruk (140) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

The Press Says

GamePro (US) May, 1994 5 out of 5 100
Mean Machines May, 1994 91 out of 100 91
Consoles Plus May, 1994 90 out of 100 90
Interface 1994 82 out of 100 82
Game Zero Dec, 1994 81.5 out of 100 82
Retrogaming History Mar 27, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Mega Fun Mar, 1994 76 out of 100 76
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Apr, 1994 7 out of 10 70
Game Players Apr, 1994 70 out of 100 70
High Score Jul, 1994 3 out of 5 60


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1001 Video Games

Sub-Terrania appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Development hardware

The group that created Sub-Terrania were using their own development hardware instead of Sega-supplied. The code they submitted for final was very stable, but had a number of technical "incorrect read/writes" errors since they "hacked" a lot of their data. In the end, it all got sorted out!

Difficulty level

The game was criticized at release for its difficulty, but the game went through two rounds of difficulty reduction before it was released!

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Kohler 86 (7284) added Sub-Terrania (Genesis) on Jul 27, 2004