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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 Mission 1 report
Sub-Terrania Genesis "Mission accomplished. Return to base"
Sub-Terrania Genesis A miner to the limit
Sub-Terrania Genesis Main Menu

Promo Images

Sub-Terrania Magazine Advertisement Electronic Gaming Monthly (Sendai Publishing, United States), Issue 59 (June 1994)

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. coldacid (545) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) May, 1994 5 out of 5 100
Mean Machines May, 1994 91 out of 100 91
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jul, 1994 10 out of 12 83
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
Play Time Apr 06, 1994 78 out of 100 78
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Apr, 1994 28 out of 40 70
High Score Jul, 1994 3 out of 5 60
The Video Game Critic Jan 08, 2001 D- 16


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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.


A contest was held between April to July 1994 for this game. It involved the contestants playing the game on the hardest difficulty setting and after defeating the final boss, they were to take a picture of the victory screen. The prizes included one grand prize winning an all paid for week-end in New York to attend the Marvel Mega-Tour and getting a VIP tour of the Marvel headquarters and also the winner would receive a Sega Genesis CDX system. One first prize winner was to get an all paid for week-end in Los Angeles to attend the Marvel Mega-Tour and getting a VIP tour of the Marvel Films headquarters . Three second place prizes involve the winners receiving a Sega Genesis CDX system with its carrying case, a Sub-Terrania t-shirt, and three games (Gunstar Heroes, Ranger X, and Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar). Fifty third place prize winners won limited editions comic book ashcans. A hundred fourth place prize winners won their choice of either a Sub-Terrania hat or t-shirt.

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 (7960) added Sub-Terrania (Genesis) on Jul 27, 2004