Chakan

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Chakan
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Game Gear
Publisher: Sega (US,EU,AU,CA,PT) Tec Toy (BR)
Developer:
Sound driver: GEMS
Genre: Action[2]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$49.9949.99[4] 1047
Sega Mega Drive
EU
1047
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM 119.95119.95[7] 1047
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.9939.99[6][5] 1047
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Mega Drive
CA
Sega Mega Drive
BR
044030
Sega Game Gear
US
2414
Sega Game Gear
EU
2414
Sega Game Gear
PT
Sega Game Gear
UK
£29.9929.99[10] 2414

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Chakan is a Sega Mega Drive action platform game developed by Extended Play and published by Sega. Based on the character Chakan from the 1986 Robert A. Kraus comic book series Thunder Mace[11], it was first released in the United States in November 1992, and was later ported to the Sega Game Gear the following month by independent contractor Paul Hutchinson.

Story

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Chakan bests Death

Chakan is a warrior who is so proud of his swordsmanship that he declares even Death cannot best him in battle. Death appears and challenges Chakan: if Chakan can defeat him, he will be granted eternal life. However, if Death wins, he will become Death's eternal servant.

The battle rages on for several days until Chakan emerges as the victor. Death grants him his reward, but additionally condemns him to wander all of existence until all supernatural evil is destroyed.

Gameplay

C/2 jumps. B/1 attacks. There is an overworld with four portals to worlds (levels) to clear; if you lose all your health in one, you get taken back here with no lives penalty (as there is no way to "lose all your lives" given the premise). Each port has somewhat different levels.

The game loops infinitely after the ending screen and the game ends in a way that does not provide closure, regardless of the chosen difficulty level.

History

A Sega Mega-CD version was reportedly in development, but ultimately never saw release.

Development

Chakan began development at Recreational Brainware, but when the company folded in mid 1991, former staff Jon Miller and David Foley established Extended Play to finish the game's production.[12] Once Chakan was released in late 1992, the company was dissolved, and the team went their separate ways.[13]

Production credits

Mega Drive version

Thanks for Playing and Look for the Further Adventures of Chakan in R.A.K. Graphics Comics.
© MCMLXLII Sega of America, Inc.
Source:
In-game credits


Source:
US manual[14]

Game Gear version

Thanks for Playing and Look for the Further Ventures of Chakan in R.A.K. Graphics Comics.
Source:
In-game credits


Source:
US manual[15]

Uncredited

Magazine articles

Main article: Chakan/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Mega Drive print advert in Mega Force (ES) #8: "Diciembre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
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Game Gear print advert in Micromanía (segunda época) (ES) #58: "Marzo 1993" (1993-0x-xx)
also published in:
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Game Gear print advert in Mega Force (ES) #12: "Abril 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:

Artwork

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
88 №6, p60-61
Sega Mega Drive
88
Based on
1 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
53
[18]
Consoles + (FR)
88
[19]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
79
[6]
Computer + Video Giochi (IT)
85
[20]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
75
[21]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
40
[22]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
84
[23]
Excalibur (CZ)
80
[24]
GameFan (US)
81
[25]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
78
[4]
GamesMaster (UK) PAL
46
[26]
Joypad (FR)
91
[27]
Mega (UK) PAL
84
[28]
Mega Action (UK)
88
[29]
Mega Fun (DE) NTSC-U
41
[30]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
73
[31]
Player One (FR)
84
[32]
Play Time (DE)
85
[33]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
83
[34]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
76
[35]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
76
[36]
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
88
[37]
Sega Force (UK) PAL
62
[38]
Supergame (BR)
80
[39]
Supersonic (FR)
87
[40]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
76
[41]
User (GR) PAL
87
[42]
Sega Mega Drive
76
Based on
27 reviews

Chakan

Mega Drive, US
Chakan MD US Box.jpg
Cover
Chakan md us cart.jpg
Cart
Chakan MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
Chakan MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
Chakan MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Chakan MD EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, FR

Chakan MD FR Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, FR (Blister pack)
Chakan MD FR blister front.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, AU
Chakan MD AU back.jpgNospine.pngChakan MD AU cover.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, BR
Chakan MD BR Box.jpg
Cover
Chakan MD BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Chakan md br manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, CA
Chakan MD CA cover.jpg
Cover

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
Sega Game Gear
Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Sega Game Gear
N/A
Based on
0 reviews

Chakan

Game Gear, US
Chakan GG US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngChakan GG US Box Front.jpg
Cover
Chakan GG US Cart.jpg
Cart
Chakan GG US Manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, EU
Chakan GG EU Box Back.jpgChakan GG EU BoxSpine.jpgChakan GG EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
Chakan GG US Cart.jpg
Cart
Chakan GG EU Manual.jpg
Manual
Game Gear, PT
Chakan GG PT Box Front.jpg
Cover
Chakan GG US Cart.jpg
Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 046a48de
MD5 8844a97b65994de94cf398cf4a3217c3
SHA-1 7eae088f0b15e4bcd9a6a38849df5a20446be548
1MB 1992-10 Cartridge (US/EU)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 dfc7adc8
MD5 096e525c29af9f5a0a0ddd8b67dd8fbf
SHA-1 bdb82464147ef20792162cff7922824d4dee0dc1
256kB Cartridge (US/EU)

External links

References

  1. http://gdri.smspower.org/wiki/index.php/Interview:Paul_Hutchinson
  2. File:Chakan GG EU Box Back.jpg
  3. GamePro, "September 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 29
  4. 4.0 4.1 GamePro, "April 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 50
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Sega Power, "March 1993" (UK; 1993-02-04), page 15
  6. 6.0 6.1 Computer & Video Games, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-15), page 18
  7. 7.0 7.1 Sega Pro, "April 1993" (DE; 1993-03-26), page 49
  8. GamePro, "July 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 89
  9. 9.0 9.1 GamesMaster, "January 1993" (UK; 1992-12-03), page 14
  10. Computer & Video Games, "June 1993 (Go! Issue 20)" (UK; 1993-05-15), page 22
  11. Sega Visions, "June/July 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 82
  12. http://gdri.smspower.org/wiki/index.php/Extended_Play
  13. https://www.sega-16.com/2016/03/behind-the-design-chakan-the-forever-man/
  14. File:Chakan MD US Manual.pdf, page 18
  15. File:Chakan GG US Manual.pdf, page 2
  16. Todo Sega, "Abril 1993" (ES; 1993-03-15), page 3
  17. Hobby Consolas, "Abril 1993" (ES; 1993-xx-xx), page 10
  18. Aktueller Software Markt, "Avril 1993" (DE; 1993-03-08), page 129
  19. Consoles +, "Février 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 80
  20. Computer + Video Giochi, "Aprile 1993" (IT; 1993-xx-xx), page 100
  21. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "February 1993" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 24
  22. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 300
  23. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 30
  24. Excalibur, "" (CZ; 1993-09-10), page 32
  25. GameFan, "Volume 1, Issue 3: January 1993" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 11
  26. GamesMaster, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-18), page 76
  27. Joypad, "Février 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 108
  28. Mega, "March 1993" (UK; 1993-02-18), page 34
  29. Mega Action, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-20), page 65
  30. Mega Fun, "02/93" (DE; 1993-0x-xx), page 38
  31. MegaTech, "March 1993" (UK; 1993-02-20), page 42
  32. Player One, "Février/Mars 1993" (FR; 1993-02-10), page 58
  33. Play Time, "5/93" (DE; 1993-04-07), page 107
  34. Sega Power, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-04), page 46
  35. Sega Pro, "March 1993" (UK; 1993-02-11), page 56
  36. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 64
  37. Sega Zone, "February 1993" (UK; 1993-01-20), page 14
  38. Sega Force, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-04), page 36
  39. Supergame, "Abril 1993" (BR; 1993-04-xx), page 13
  40. Supersonic, "Février 1993" (FR; 1993-xx-xx), page 12
  41. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 10
  42. User, "Ioúlios-Ávgoustos 1993" (GR; 1993-0x-xx), page 49


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