Astérix and the Secret Mission

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Astérix and the Secret Mission
System(s): Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Genre: Action[1][2]

















Number of players: 1
Official in-game languages:
  • Français
  • English
  • Deutsch
  • Release Date RRP Code
    Sega Master System
    EU
    9023
    Sega Master System
    EU
    (Classic)
    9023-50
    Sega Master System
    PT
    Sega Master System
    AU
    FAST04SEC
    Sega Master System
    BR
    028280
    Sega Game Gear
    EU
    2513
    Sega Game Gear
    FR
    (35 ans Astérix)
    Sega Game Gear
    UK
    £29.9929.99[4] 2513

    Astérix and the Secret Mission is a platform game for the Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear which was released in Europe and Brazil. Years after the original Brazilian release, Tec Toy released an altered version of the game rebranded as As Aventuras da TV Colosso.

    Story

    In the age of Julius Caesar, the indominatable Gaulish warriors Astérix and Obélix help their village resist the Roman occupation. They do so with the aid of the magic potion brewed by the druid Getafix (Panoramix in French), which temporarily grants them superhuman strength. However, the magic potion has run out. Knowing that Caesar will send an invading army if he learns of this, Astérix and Obélix conduct a secret mission to gather the necessary ingredients.

    Gameplay

    The game is a side-scrolling platformer where Astérix and Obélix locate six herbs across as many rounds. The game can be played alone or with another player. In single-player games, the player can pick between Astérix or Obélix before each round. In two-player mode, each player takes turns completing the round, with player one playing as Astérix and player two playing as Obélix. Each character moves with Left and Right and ducks with Down. They jump with 2 and jump higher if the button is held for longer. They attack enemies by punching them with 1. They enter doorways with Up. The rounds differ depending on whether the player is playing as Astérix or Obélix. The two characters differ more in how they play than in the preceding game, and some of the rounds are entirely different depending on which character is being played.

    Astérix is diminutive in size and can fit into some areas that Obélix cannot. He can run by holding 1. He can push objects with Left and Right. He can punch downward while in the air with Down+1. He can double jump by pressing 2 again while in the air; this can also be done after running off a platform. He can find potions that let him destroy blocks by punching them. Potions are thrown a long distance in an arc with Up+1 or a short distance while ducking with Down+1.

    Obélix cannot double jump but has a longer normal jump. He can go down wells by pressing Down. He can slide down a slope with Down. He can do a bounce attack by pressing 1 while in mid-air. He can destroy blocks by punching them, using his jump attack, or hitting them from below with his head. He swims with 22222. Obélix can find the Menhir item for throwing at enemies and obstacles. Menhirs are thrown a long distance in an arc with Up+1 or a short distance while ducking with Down+1.

    The characters have a life gauge with three hearts. A heart is lost if the character is hit by an enemy, and a life is lost if all life gauge hearts are lost or if the character falls down a hole. Furthermore, rounds are timed, and the player loses a life if time runs out. The game ends if the player runs out of lives but can be continued from the start of the round. Life can be restored by picking up certain items during the game.

    Items

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    Jar
    Strike to release an item.
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    Yellow Potion
    Gives Astérix the ability to break blocks by punching them.
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    Red Potion
    Gives Astérix the ability to break blocks by punching them. Also ignites the surface on fire when it is thrown, which can be used to melt ice or dissipate pools of water.
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    Blue Potion
    Gives Astérix the ability to break blocks by punching them. Also can be used to attack enemies.
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    Brown Potion
    Gives Astérix the ability to break blocks by punching them. Also shrinks enemies and some obstacles.
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    Menhir
    Equips Obélix with menhirs, which he can throw to attack enemies or bypass some obstacles.
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    Meat
    Restores one heart on the player's life gauge.
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    Glasses
    Fully restores the player's life gauge.
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    Heart
    Permanently extends the life gauge by one heart, up to 6 hearts.
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    Coin
    Gives the player 50 bonus points.
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    Bone
    Gives the player 50 bonus points. The player's bone count is also used to grant access to the bonus round.
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    Wing
    Awards the player with an extra life.
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    Scroll
    Collect to complete the first round as Astérix.
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    Herbs
    Collect an herb to complete a round.

    Rounds

    The rounds differ depending on whether the player is playing as Astérix or Obélix. The player can switch to a different character after each round.

    Astérix

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    Prairie

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    River

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    Cave

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    Sea and Ship

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    Snow and Ice

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    Temple

    Obélix

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    Prairie

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    Forest

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    Cave

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    Sea Bed and Ship

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    Desert and Ruins

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    Temple

    Bonus Rounds

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    Bonus rounds

    After some of the rounds, the player can enter a bonus round by having a number of bones that is a multiple of four. The bonus round is played as the dog Dogmatix (Idéfix in French), who runs around the stage collecting items for points. The stage ends if time runs out or if the player collects all of the items.

    Production credits

    Game Gear version


    Master System version


    Magazine articles

    Main article: Astérix and the Secret Mission/Magazine articles.

    Promotional material

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    Game Gear print advert in Todo Sega (ES) #14: "Mayo 1994" (1994-xx-xx)

    Physical scans

    Master System version

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
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    Based on
    0 review
    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Version Score
    Consoles + (FR)
    77
    [5]
    Joypad (FR) PAL
    92
    [6]
    Mega Force (FR)
    91
    [7]
    Mega Fun (DE) PAL
    79
    [8]
    Sega News (CZ)
    88
    [9]
    Sega Power (UK) PAL
    80
    [10]
    Sega Master System
    85
    Based on
    6 reviews

    Astérix and the Secret Mission

    Master System, EU
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    Cover
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    Cart
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    Manual
    Master System, EU
    (Classic Master System)
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    Cover
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    Cart
    Master System, PT
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    Cover
    Master System, PT (Super Preço)
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    Cover
    Master System, AU

    Master System, BR
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    Cover
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    Cart
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    Manual

    Game Gear version

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
    {{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
    Based on
    0 review
    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Version Score
    Joypad (FR) PAL
    90
    [6]
    Mega Force (FR)
    93
    [11]
    Mega Fun (DE) PAL
    79
    [8]
    Player One (FR)
    82
    [12]
    Sega Power (UK) PAL
    78
    [4]
    Sega Pro (UK) PAL
    55
    [13]
    Sega Zone (UK) PAL
    70
    [14]
    Sega Force (SE)
    80
    [15]
    Video Games (DE) PAL
    71
    [16]
    Sega Game Gear
    78
    Based on
    9 reviews

    Astérix and the Secret Mission

    Game Gear, EU
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    Cover
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    Cart
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    Manual
    Game Gear, FR (35 ans Astérix)
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    Cover
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    Cart
    Game Gear, PT

    Technical information

    ROM dump status

    System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
    Sega Master System
     ?
    CRC32 def9b14e
    MD5 7cc8be20b0a2ee3941c9846026c287ae
    SHA-1 de6a32a548551553a4b3ae332f4bf98ed22d8ab5
    512kB Cartridge (EU)
    Sega Game Gear
     ?
    CRC32 c01a8051
    MD5 2fd39f40bb06026f414e0cc9ff549aca
    SHA-1 8ab4ea406a0503b09c1bd89e3217c5735b36ebed
    512kB Cartridge (EU)

    References


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