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|System(s): Sega Saturn|
|Developer: Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo|
|Original system(s): Arcade boards|
|Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (1 track)|
|Peripherals supported: Virtua Gun, Shuttle Mouse, 3D Control Pad|
|Number of players: 1-2|
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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, and was later brought to Europe and the United States in the following months.
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.
|Language||Localised Name||English Translation|
|English||Crypt Killer||Crypt Killer|
|English (US)||Crypt Killer||Crypt Killer|
- 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.
- Main article: Crypt Killer/Magazine articles.
|Sega Retro Average|
ROM dump status
|428,372,112||CD-ROM (EU)||T-9509H-50 V1.001|
|428,390,928||1997-01-27||CD-ROM (JP)||T-9518G V1.003|
- File:CryptKiller Saturn JP Box Back.jpg
- https://sega.jp/fb/segahard/ss/soft_licensee3.html (Wayback Machine: 2019-07-28 12:30)
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- http://riehlspot.simplenet.com/vgame/new/saturn.html (Wayback Machine: 1999-02-21 17:22)
- Computer & Video Games, "April 1997" (UK; 1997-03-12), page 49
- Computer & Video Games, "May 1997" (UK; 1997-04-11), page 80
- http://centromail.es:80/nuevo/consolas/sat.asp (Wayback Machine: 1998-04-30 18:14)
- Fun Generation, "07/97" (DE; 1997-06-12), page 98
- GamePro, "June 1997" (US; 1997-xx-xx), page 78
- Hobby Consolas, "Mayo 1997" (ES; 1997-xx-xx), page 88
- MAN!AC, "04/97" (DE; 1997-03-12), page 68
- Mega Fun, "05/97" (DE; 1997-04-02), page 62
- Sega Magazin, "Mai 1997" (DE; 1997-04-09), page 83
- Sega Power, "April 1997" (UK; 1997-03-12), page 46
- Sega Saturn Magazine, "May 1997" (UK; 1997-04-12), page 54
- Sega Saturn Magazine, "1997-07 (1997-03-14)" (JP; 1997-02-28), page 165
- Sega Saturn Magazine, "Readers rating final data" (JP; 2000-03), page 15