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Forgotten Worlds features two characters known as The Nameless Ones, who both look like Arnold Schwarzenegger, one even has a mohawk. It's their job to rid the planet of the attacking aliens.

Guiding your character around the screen as they fly with jet-packs, guns on full auto, you control a satellite which you rotate around your character for the direction in which your gun is firing. At the end of each level is a boss which needs to be killed to progress.

Enemies that have been killed drop money. At the end of every level is a shop where you can buy weapons, armour, items and first-aid packs.


Forgotten Worlds Genesis Visiting the store can allow you to buy useful items
Forgotten Worlds Arcade Intro.
Forgotten Worlds ZX Spectrum The player has 30 seconds to buy something. This is a different gun
Forgotten Worlds Genesis Title Screen

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Alternate Titles

  • "Lost Worlds" -- Japanese arcade title
  • "フォゴッテンワールド" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

A brilliant game otherwise let down by cumbersome controls Genesis Katakis | カタキス (39490)
Good once you get the hang of it, but not the best home version Amiga Martin Smith (66801)

Critic Reviews

The Atari Times Atari ST Apr 18, 2006 95 out of 100 95
Commodore User Amiga May, 1989 90 out of 100 90
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Jul, 1989 885 out of 1000 88
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amstrad CPC Jun, 1989 88 out of 100 88
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Aug, 1989 885 out of 1000 88
Amstrad Action Amstrad CPC Jul, 1989 80 out of 100 80
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Jul, 1991 79 out of 100 79 Genesis Jul 08, 2004 7 out of 10 70
IGN Genesis Nov 18, 2008 6 out of 10 60
IGN Wii Nov 18, 2008 6 out of 10 60


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1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Forgotten Worlds appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


The game includes one of the best Engrish texts, similar to Zero Wing's All your base are belong to us. In the seventh level's end intermission there is a quote from a blond guy: You cannot stop me with paramecium alone! It has been used in many forum signatures.
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