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Elevator Action Returns is Taito's sequel to their 1983 game. At the start of the game, you choose one of three characters, Kart Bradfield, Edie Burrett, and Jad the Taff. Each of them has their strengths and weaknesses, as well as different primary and secondary weapons. Your mission is to obtain the computer data that are hidden behind specially marked doors (colored red) in six buildings. Entering blue-colored doors during the game will trigger a spinning wheel that contains various items, and when you hit the fire button, what it stops on is what you get. These include point items, health items, machine guns, and rocket launchers. As with the original game, you can use elevators to travel between floors.

You can shoot various objects to destroy them, including barrels and drums, which can help defeat various enemies that include lackeys, zombie soldiers, karate agents, trench-coat goons, guard dogs, and more. Avoid being shot by these enemies. There are cameras scattered throughout each building, which can be destroyed. If you are sighted by one of these cameras, a brief siren goes off. You have limited time to clear each building. When time runs out, the building blows up and you lose a life.


Elevator Action II SEGA Saturn At the beginning of the second stage, the player's helicopter crashed into it.
Elevator Action II SEGA Saturn Copter sequence
Elevator Action II Arcade Copter sequence in the first stage
Elevator Action II Arcade It got hot in here - enemies burning

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Alternate Titles

  • "Elevator Action -Returns-" -- Japanese Arcade title
  • "Elevator Action 2 -Returns-" -- Japanese Saturn title
  • "エレベーターアクション リターンズ" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Retro Spirit Games Arcade Dec 11, 2013 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
Sega Saturn Magazine SEGA Saturn Jun, 1998 87 out of 100 87
Mega Fun SEGA Saturn Jun, 1997 83 out of 100 83
SuperGamePower SEGA Saturn Apr, 1997 3.5 out of 5 70
All Game Guide Arcade 1994 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
GameSpot SEGA Saturn Feb 27, 1997 5.2 out of 10 52


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Bonus game

According to the Gamespot reviewer, "...once the player beats it, a new option called "Old" appears, allowing...experience a 100 percent faithful port of the original arcade Elevator Action."
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