Battletoads in Battlemaniacs

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Battletoads in Battlemaniacs
System(s): Sega Master System
Publisher: Tec Toy, Virgin
Supporting companies:
Licensor: Rare, Tradewest
Original system(s): Super NES
Developer(s) of original games: Rare
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Master System
Tectoy: Todas as Idades
Non-Sega versions

Battletoads in Battlemaniacs is an action game developed by Syrox Developments and Rare for the Sega Master System and published by Tec Toy and Virgin in Brazil in 1996. It is a port of a game first developed by Rare for the Super NES.

A European release was planned in June 1994[1] (later July[2][3][4][5]) but scrapped just before release. A Sega Game Gear version was also in development[2].


The Battletoads are visiting Gyachung-La fortress in northern Tibet where the Psicone Corporation is demonstrating their new virtual reality game system called TRIPS. A pig creature working for the Dark Queen and Silas Volkmire leaps out of the system and kidnaps Michiko Tashoku (daughter of the Psicone Corporation's CEO, Yuriko Tashoku) and Zitz. The remaining Battletoads enter the Gamescape to rescue them and stop Volkmire and Dark Queen's plans to control the world.


The game recreates many of the stages from the original Battletoads and features a variety of playstyles, including standard action stages, vertical shaft stages, and vehicle stages. Only the first stage plays as a conventional beat-'em-up. The game can be played by one or two players. There is a two-player mode where the players can attack each other (2 Players A) and a mode where they cannot (2 Players B). Player one plays as Pimple (the strongest), and player two plays as Rash (the fastest).

The toads move with Left and Right. In the first stage and the vehicle stages (including the bonus stages), the toads can move back and forth with Up and Down. In the other stages, they crouch with Down. They jump with 1 and attack with 2. Although there is only one attack button, the attack varies based on situation.

The toads have four health points and lose a life when they lose all of them. The game ends if the player runs out of lives. There are three difficulty levels (Easy, Normal, and Hard). Players start with five extra lives on Easy and three extra lives on Normal and Hard. They have two continues on Easy and Normal and no continues on Hard.


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Khaos Mountains
Map: 1️⃣ 

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Hollow Tree
Map: 1️⃣ 
The toads ride down the trunk of the tree on floating platforms rather than repelling on ropes as in the other games.

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Bonus Stage 1
Collecting 100 pins earns an extra life.

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Turbo Tunnel Rematch
Map: 1️⃣ 

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Karmath's Revenge
Map: 1️⃣ 

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Bonus Stage 2
As before, collecting 100 pins earns an extra life. The red pins are worth one pin, and the green pins are worth five pins. Hitting a black pin costs health and ten pins.

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Roller Coaster
Map: 1️⃣ 

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Dark Tower
Map: 1️⃣ 



The game was originally planned for release in Europe in 1994 but was canceled just before release. It was so complete that the game was sent to some magazine reviewers for a review and one such review was actually published.[3] Tec Toy acquired the rights to publish this in Brazil some time later.


Battlemaniacs on the Master System is an unfinished game, so a great deal is missing in comparison to the original Super NES version. The introductory cutscene is thought to be incomplete, with the first two thirds being presented as just white text on a black background. The game also exhibits graphical glitches, such as invisible objects in the Turbo Tunnel stage. Many graphical effects are also non-existent, and the use of smaller sprites and simpler stages creates an aesthetic more in-line with the original Battletoads than its larger sequel. The wrong music is played on some levels, while others lack music altogether.

Production credits

Converted in the U.K. by Syrox Developments Ltd.
  • Programmer: Dominic Wood
  • Graphic Artist: Jock Green
  • Music and Sound: Krisalis
  • Product Producer: Matthew Spall
In-game credits
Battletoads in Battlemaniacs SMS credits.pdf

Magazine articles

Main article: Battletoads in Battlemaniacs/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

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Battletoads in Battlemaniacs

Master System, BR
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Battlemaniacs SMS BR Manual.pdf

Unreleased versions

Battletoads in Battlemaniacs
System(s): Sega Game Gear
Publisher: Virgin
Developer: Syrox Developments
Licensor: Rare, Tradewest
Planned release date(s): 1994-07[2]

Plans for a Sega Game Gear version were also put in place, scheduled for release in July 1994[2], but it was scrapped together with the European Master System release.

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Master System
CRC32 1cbb7bf1
MD5 5401ddcc788c0f1a5dfe26e56f239fbf
SHA-1 0854e36d3bb011e712a06633f188c0d64cd65893
256kB Cartridge (BR)


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