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Ranger X was released fairly late in the lifetime of the megadrive. Coming from an unknown developer it was released with little fanfare and advertising but has become one of the best demonstrations of what the genesis/megadrive is capable of.

The game is a side scrolling shooter of sorts. You control a large mech (robot) which has a smaller side-kick mech which is a bit like a car. The two can join together providing an alternate shooting mode. Whilst controlling just the main mech however, the player can shoot both forward and back by using different buttons. The mech can also use it's rocket pack to boost off of the ground and hover for a short while. Levels are not necessarily left to right moving (although for the most part they are) and the game is an interesting blend of platform game and shoot-em-up.

The game features innovative graphics given the hardware limitations - there is a 3D introduction to most levels (remembering that the console had no 3D capability and a tile-based renderer) and some levels use a line-based scrolling effect to give the impression of 3D backgrounds.


Ranger X Genesis Level 2 #1
Ranger X Genesis Level 2 #2
Ranger X Genesis 3D Level Intro!
Ranger X Genesis Title Screen

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Alternate Titles

  • "Ranger-X" -- In-game title
  • "Ex-Ranza" -- Japanese Title
  • "エクスランザー" -- Japanese spelling

User Reviews

Ranger Xcellent Star Eater (10) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars

Critic Reviews Oct 18, 2008 10 out of 10 100
Mean Machines Jul, 1993 92 out of 100 92 Jul 02, 2004 9 out of 10 90
All Game Guide 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Aug 01, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Video Games Dec, 1993 84 out of 100 84
Power Unlimited Jan, 1994 8.2 out of 10 82
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Oct, 1993 31 out of 40 78 Aug 20, 2010 13 out of 20 65
The Video Game Critic Feb 24, 2006 D+ 33


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Tibes80 (1567) added Ranger X (Genesis) on Jan 01, 2003