Crypt Killer

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Crypt Killer
System(s): Sega Saturn
Publisher: Konami
Developer:
Original system(s): Arcade boards
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (1 track)
Peripherals supported: Virtua Gun, Shuttle Mouse, 3D Control Pad
Genre: Shooting[1][2]

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
JP
¥5,800 (5,974)5,800e[3] T-9518G
Sega Saturn
US
T-9509H
ESRB: Teen
Sega Saturn
EU
T-9509H-50
ELSPA: 11+ OK
Sega Saturn
DE
T-9509H-50
USK: 18
Sega Saturn
ES
T-9509H-50
ELSPA: 11+ OK
Sega Saturn
FR
T-9509H-50
SELL: 12+
Sega Saturn
UK
£44.9944.99[6] T-9509H-50
ELSPA: 11+ OK
Sega Saturn
PL
Non-Sega versions

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Crypt Killer, known in Japan as Henry Explorers (ヘンリーエクスプローラーズ), is a Sega Saturn light gun game developed by Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo and published by Konami. A port of the company's titular 1995 arcade game Crypt Killer, it was first released in Japan in March 1997[2], and was later brought to Europe and the United States in the following months.[5][4]

Versions

Crypt Killer was designed for Konami's GQ System arcade hardware, and is the only known game to be released for the platform. The GQ System is itself derived from the PlayStation, with additions to the audio capabilities and twice as much video RAM. Predictably, then, of the three home versions of the game, the PlayStation conversion is the most arcade accurate.

While there are some minor cosmetic changes, the major difference between the Saturn, PlayStation and PC lies in how the 3D geometry is drawn. On the Saturn, fewer polygons are drawn at any given time, and lower quality textures are used, however the PlayStation version lacks any form of in-game lighting, meaning geometry pop-in is far more obvious. This also means more of the level can be seen when travelling forwards, making it a slightly easier game.

The Saturn version benefits from shorter load times than its PlayStation counterpart, however both are beaten in this regard by the arcade version, which has no loading screens at all. Also while the arcade game supports three simultaneous players, all home versions drop this down to two.

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English Crypt Killer Crypt Killer
English (US) Crypt Killer Crypt Killer
Japanese ヘンリーエクスプローラーズ Henry Explorers

Production credits

Henry Explorers
  • Executive Producer: Kazumi Kitaue
  • Producer: Kazuhisa Hashimoto, Gozo Kitao
  • Program: Tadaaki Tsunashima, Kazuki Araki, Masayuki Aizawa, Hidetoshi Kuraishi, Hisashi Katou
  • Graphic design: Takayuki Andou, Mihoko Kimura, Youhei Kiyohara, Ayafumi Hirano
  • Sound design: Akiropito, TAK, AKT, Hiroe Noguchi, Imohore,Imai
  • Product Design: Shougo Kumasaka, Takahiro Nakayama
  • Special Thanks: Atelier H Team
  • Director: Tadaaki Tsunashima, Team Kodashi
(C)1995 1997 Konami All Rights Reserved. Development by KCET.
Source:
In-game credits (JP)
HenryExplorers Saturn JP SSEnding.pdf
[8]


Magazine articles

Main article: Crypt Killer/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in GameFan (US) #0504: "Volume 5, Issue 4: April 1997" (1997-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1996-22: "1996-22 (1996-12-27)" (1996-12-13)
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Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1997-07: "1997-07 (1997-03-14)" (1997-02-28)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Computer & Video Games (UK)
25
[6]
Fun Generation (DE) PAL
30
[9]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
63
[10]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
85
[11]
MAN!AC (DE) PAL
47
[12]
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
60
[13]
Sega Magazin (DE) PAL
55
[14]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
38
[15]
Sega Saturn Magazine (UK) PAL
47
[16]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
47
[17]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
68
[18]
Sega Saturn
51
Based on
11 reviews

Crypt Killer

Saturn, JP
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Cover
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Spinecard
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Disc
Saturn, US
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Cover
CryptKiller Saturn US Disc.jpg
Disc
Cryptkiller sat us manual.pdf
Manual
Saturn, EU
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Cover
CryptKiller Saturn EU Disc.jpg
Disc
Saturn, EU (alt)
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Cover

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Saturn
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
428,372,112 CD-ROM (EU) T-9509H-50 V1.001
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
428,390,928 1997-01-27 CD-ROM (JP) T-9518G V1.003
Sega Saturn
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1997-01-08 Page

References


Crypt Killer

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Prereleases:
Sega Saturn
Prototypes: 1997-01-08