The Terminator (Mega Drive)


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The Terminator (Mega Drive)

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  • Tested and working.
  • Only cartridge included.

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The Terminator is a game that was released in 1992 by Virgin Games and Probe Software for the Sega Mega DriveSega Master System and Sega Game Gear video game systems. It is based on the 1984 film of the same name. Though it shares the same title and basic premise, it is unrelated to the Sega Mega-CD version.

The game focuses on a soldier named Kyle Reese who was sent back in time from the future to protect a woman named Sarah Connor. A cyborg from the future is also sent back in time to assassinate Sarah Connor. While the games have the same themes and identical amount of stages, the Mega Drive version differs from the Game Gear and Master System versions in terms of stage design, enemy layout etc. Generally speaking, the 8-bit versions put a bigger focus on platforming.

The game is a side scrolling shooter with objectives that vary level to level. Level 1 sets Kyle in the future in search of a time machine. Level 2 has Kyle searching for Sarah in present time while Level 3 has him reuniting with her after a brief separation. The final level features a deadly confrontation with the Terminators endoskeleton. The first level features three weapons while the levels after that have only one. Players have a 5 health points which deplete with each hit from enemies taken. This is replaced by a percentage bar in the Game Gear and Master System versions.

In the Sega Mega Drive version there are also selectable difficulty levels which affect gameplay. The difficulty level affects item placement in stage 1 (easy gives you the rifle earlier) and the drop rate of health items. On higher difficulty levels, drop rates are so low that luck plays a big part in clearing the game, as the game is designed in a way that taking damage is unavoidable.

B throws bombs or fires the rifle. C jumps. If you collect plantable bombs, A plants one. (replaced by an automatically planeted on in the Game Gear and Master System versions). In the 8-bit versions, Kyle can die by falling from high places. Health is restored by collecting randomly dropped bottles in the 16-bit version, while there is no way to restore health in the 8-bit versions aside from clearing a stage. The game has no lives and no continue system.

Score is awarded for defeating enemies. However, in all versions, enemies spawn infinitely, making the score counter pointless.


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Weight 0.51 g
Dimensions 11 × 7 × 2 cm


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