Rocket Knight Adventures

From Sega Retro


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Rocket Knight Adventures
Publisher: Konami
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Sound driver: Konami/Hyperstone Heist
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
1993-08-06 ¥7,800 T-95063
Sega Mega Drive
1993-08[1] $? T-95046
Sega Mega Drive
1993-09[2] £44.99[3] T-95046-50
Sega Mega Drive
199x $? FROC06SMC
Sega Mega Drive
199x ₩? GM93028JT
Sega Mega Drive
199x  ?  ?

Rocket Knight Adventures (ロケットナイト アドベンチャーズ) is a 1993 platform game developed and published by Konami for the Sega Mega Drive. It was the first in a line of successful games, continuing with Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2, a unrelated game Sparkster for the Super Nintendo and more recently, Rocket Knight for the PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade and PC.

The game stars an opossum named Sparkster who carries a sword and jetpack in an attempt to rescue a princess from the evil Axel Gear.


Sparkster's primary weapon is his sword (A or C), which he can use to fire a short-range projectile. However, it will do greater damage to an enemy if it makes direct contact. The sword can also be used charge the jetpack by holding the button down. Charging the jetpack until the energy bar is full and releasing the button will make Sparkster spin on the spot, whirling his sword in all directions. This will do additional damage to nearby enemies and is useful when Sparkster is surrounded. Releasing the button while pushing a direction causes Sparkster to briefly fly in that direction with his sword in front of him, also doing damage to any enemy he collides with. B jumps.

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Apple - Restores one heart.
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Banana - Restores four hearts.
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Gemstone - 10 points.
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1UP - Extra life.
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Power Item - Lets Sparkster fly continuously for the rest of the sub-level; increases projectile range.


Rka stage1.png Level 1 - Kingdom of Zebulos
The first stage begins with a walk through a burning village. Wide open spaces and high walls give the player a chance to practise their rocket pack skills. After defeating the first mini-boss, Sparkster takes flight using the Power Item. This part of the stage plays rather like a shoot-'em-up, with waves of small enemies followed by a dragon mini-boss. Once in the castle, the player is required to use walls to rebound with their rocket pack in order to ascend to the stage boss.
Rka stage2.png Level 2 - Mountain Range
Rka stage3.png Level 3 - Deep Underground
Rka stage4.png Level 4 - Flying Battleship
Rka stage5.png Level 5 - Kingdom of Devotindos
Rka stage6.png Level 6 - Outer Space
Rka stage7.png Level 7 - Pig Star

Production credits

Magazine articles

Main article: Rocket Knight Adventures/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

SegaVisions US 14.pdfSegaVisions US 14.pdfSegaVisions US 14.pdf

Print advert in

Sega Visions (US) #14: "August/September 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:

  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #50: "September 1993" (1993-xx-xx)[4]

  • GamePro (US) #51: "October 1993" (1993-xx-xx)[5]

SegaMagazine UK 01.pdfSegaMagazine UK 01.pdf

Print advert in

Sega Magazine (UK) #1: "January 1994" (1993-12-10)
also published in:

  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #146: "January 1994" (1993-12-15)[6]

  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #147: "February 1994" (1994-01-15)[7]

  • Mega (UK) #16: "January 1994" (199x-xx-xx)[8]

  • Sega Magazine (UK) #2: "February 1994" (1994-01-10)[9]

  • Sega Pro (UK) #29: "March 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[10]

  • Mega (UK) #19: "April 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[11]

CVG UK 145.pdf

Print advert in

Computer & Video Games (UK) #145: "December 1993" (1993-11-15)
also published in:

MegaForce FR 21.pdf

Print advert in

Mega Force (FR) #21: "Octobre 1993" (1993-xx-xx)

SegaMagazin DE 01.pdf

Print advert in

Sega Magazin (DE) #1: "September/Oktober 1993" (1993-09-01)
also published in:

  • Video Games (DE) #11/93 (1993-10-27)[13]

  • Sega Magazin (DE) #2: "November/Dezember 1993" (1993-11-03)[14]

  • MAN!AC (DE) #11/93 (1993-xx-xx)[15]

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
92 №1993-09, p38[16]
85 №23, p122-124[17]
88 №142, p42-44[3]
70 №1, p88[18]
80 №52, p48[19]
83 №50, p28/29[1]
92 №9, p60/61
96 №23, p60-62[20]
86 №13, p20/21
81 №12, p34/35
94 №4, p10/11
97 №20, p88-90[21]
90 №2, p56-59
92 №20, p44-47
91 №11, p82-85[22]
97 №34, p92-95[23]
82 №46, p66/67[24]
89 №23, p50/51
79 №3, p44-46[25]
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
24 reviews

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Mega Drive, EU
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Mega Drive, JP
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Mega Drive, KR
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Mega Drive, AU
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Mega Drive, Asia

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