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Quartet
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega System 16, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, Sega Master System, ZX Spectrum
Genre: Action































Release Date RRP Code
Arcade
World
1986-04-01  ?



Sega Master System
JP
¥5,000 G-1314
Sega Master System
US
$? 5073
Sega Master System
UK
£19.95 [1][2] MK-5073-50
Sega Master System
FR
?F MK-5073-50
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? MK-5073-50
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas MK-5073-50
Sega Master System
AU
$? 5073
Sega Master System
KR
₩? GB-1314
Sega Master System
TW
NT$? G-1314



Amstrad CPC
UK (Cassette)
£9.99 [3] ?
Amstrad CPC
UK (The Hit Squad)
£2.99 [4] ?
Amstrad CPC
EU
€14.99 [3] ?
Commodore 64
UK (Cassette)
£9.99 [3] ?
Commodore 64
UK (Disk)
£14.99 [3] ?
Commodore 64
UK (The Hit Squad)
£2.99 [4] ?
ZX Spectrum
UK (The Hit Squad)
£2.99 [4] ?
ZX Spectrum
EU
€9.99 [3] ?



Quartet is a 1986 arcade game developed by Sega for the Sega System 16 arcade hardware.

Gameplay

Quartet is a four-player sidescrolling shoot 'em up game featuring the characters Joe (yellow), Mary (red), Lee (blue) and Edgar (green), who must destroy numerous robots who have taken over a human base. In each level there is a boss, and destroying said boss grants the player a key which can be used to exit the stage.

History

Legacy

As well as being a stand-alone arcade cabinet, Sega also offered a two-player conversion kit known as Quartet 2. Both Quartet and Quartet 2 are identical, however the latter only supports up to two players on screen, while the former allows for all four.

Quartet was ported to the Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, Sega Master System and ZX Spectrum. The Master System release only features two players, and was hence retitled Double Target: Cynthia no Nemuri (ダブルターゲット シンシアの眠り) in Japan (as "Quartet" suggests there are four).

Some of Quartet's music was recycled for Spider-Man: The Video Game. A version of Quartet's Stage 1 theme arranged by Taito's sound team Zuntata was included as part of maimai and later available for purchase for US$1.99 for their iOS rhythm game Groove Coaster Zero. Another version of this theme appears in Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Arcade, with added lyrics.

The game was also bundled with SDI: Strategic Defense Initiative in Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 21: SDI & Quartet: Sega System 16 Collection.

Production credits

System 16 version

Master System version

Hints

Gallery

Magazine articles

Main article: Quartet/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Quartet Arcade JP Flyer.pdf

System 16 JP flyer

Quartet System16 US Flyer.pdf

System 16 US flyer

Quartet2 System16 US Flyer.jpg

System 16 US flyer (2-player conversion kit)

CVG UK 066.pdfCVG UK 066.pdf

Home computers print advert in














Computer & Video Games (UK) #66: "April 1987" (1987-xx-xx)

CVG UK 069.pdfCVG UK 069.pdf

Home computers print advert in














Computer & Video Games (UK) #69: "July 1987" (1987-06-15)

Physical scans

System 16 version

System 16, JP
System 16, US
Quartet System16 US Manual.pdf
Manual
System 16, US
(2-player version)
Quartet2 System16 US Manual Kit.pdf
Manual

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
64 №1, p67
64 №4, p104[5]Media:CGtC UK 04.pdf
90 №1, p20
60 №12, p25
60 №23, p59
59 №5, p33[6]Media:SegaPro UK 05.pdf
Sega Master System
66
Based on
6 reviews

Master System, US
Quartet SMS US cover.jpg
Cover
Quartet sms us manual.pdf
Manual
SegaAdventure SMS US Poster Back.jpgSegaAdventure SMS US Poster Front.jpg
Poster
Master System, EU
Quartet SMS EU cover.jpg
Cover
Master System, EU
(English-only)
Quartet SMS EU nolimits Eng cover.jpg
Cover
Master System, JP
Quartet SMS JP backcover.jpgNospine.pngQuartet SMS JP cover.jpg
Cover
DoubleTarget SMS JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, AU
Quartet SMS AU cover.jpg
Cover
Master System, TW

Quartet SMS TW spine.jpg

Quartet SMS TW cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, KR

Amstrad CPC version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
40 №103, p67[4]Media:CVG UK 103.pdf
Amstrad CPC
40
Based on
1 review

Amstrad CPC, UK (cassette)
Quartet CPC EU cass cover.jpg
Cover
Amstrad CPC, UK (disk)
Quartet CPC EU Box Disk.jpg
Cover
Amstrad CPC, UK
(The Hit Squad)
Quartet CPC UK Box THS.jpg
Cover
Amstrad CPC, ES (cassette)
Quartet CPC ES Box Cassette Proein.jpg
Cover
Amstrad CPC, ES (disk)
Quartet CPC ES Box Disk Proein.jpg
Cover
Amstrad CPC, ES
(cassette) (The Hit Squad)
Quartet CPC ES Box Cassette THS.jpg
Cover

Commodore 64 version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
60 №47, p30
23 №103, p67[4]Media:CVG UK 103.pdf
76 Vol 87, №6, p11
15 №46, p65[7]Media:Zzap IT 46.pdf
Commodore 64
44
Based on
4 reviews

Commodore 64, UK (Cassette)
Quartet C64 EU Box.jpg
Cover
Quartet C64 EU Cassette.jpg
Cassette
Commodore 64, UK
(The Hit Squad)
Quartet C64 EU Box THS.jpg
Cover

ZX Spectrum version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
30 №70, p24-25[8]Media:CVG UK 070.pdf
39 №103, p67[4]Media:CVG UK 103.pdf
ZX Spectrum
35
Based on
2 reviews

ZX Spectrum, UK
Quartet Spectrum EU Box.jpg
Cover
ZX Spectrum, UK
(The Hit Squad)
Quartet Spectrum EU Box THS.jpg
Cover
ZX Spectrum, ES
(Proein)
Quartet Spectrum ES Box Proein.jpg
Cover
ZX Spectrum, ES
(The Hit Squad)
Quartet Spectrum ES Box THS.jpg
Cover

References

  1. File:ACE UK 16.pdf, page 166
  2. File:CVG UK 073.pdf, page 132
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 File:CVG UK 069.pdf, page 19
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 File:CVG UK 103.pdf, page 67
  5. File:CGtC UK 04.pdf, page 104
  6. File:SegaPro UK 05.pdf, page 33
  7. File:Zzap IT 46.pdf, page 65
  8. File:CVG UK 070.pdf, page 24