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System(s): Sega Game Gear
Publisher: Codemasters
Genre: Arcade[1]

Number of players: 1-2 (alternating)
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Game Gear
Sega Game Gear
£27.9927.99[4][5] T-121007
Non-Sega versions

Dropzone is a shooting game. It was originally released for the Atari 8-bit family of home computers, but it was ported to other computers and consoles, including the Sega Game Gear in 1994.

The Game Gear version was released exclusively in Europe.


On the surface of Jupiter's moon, Io, a human scientific research base is under attack by aliens. A heroic astronaut must rescue the scientists and return them to the base.


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The game is similar to Defender. Players control the hero, an astronaut wearing a spacesuit with a jetpack, on a horizontally scrolling game field. A level is completed when all of the scientists are rescued (or dead) and all of the enemies are destroyed. Some levels contain no scientists and only involve eliminating alien invaders. The astronaut is equipped with a raygun, a cloaking device, and smart bombs. A map appears on the bottom of the screen that shows the terrain and the location of any scientists and aliens.

The hero must elude or engage various aliens (which have a variety of speeds, movement patterns, and attacks) and return the scientists to the base's dropzone. Scientists appear as blue squares with yellow corners, and the dropzone is a white cross on the ground. Scientists can be killed by enemies or by friendly fire. The astronaut can pick up scientists one at a time by touching them, then they are carried until placed onto the dropzone. Counters on the bottom of the screen show how many scientists have been successfully rescued ("IN") and how many remain ("OUT").

The astronaut can fly in any direction with the D-Pad. The moon has low gravity, so the astronaut floats briefly in the air before falling back to the surface. The astronaut is armed with a laser gun that can be fired with 1. This weapon shoots quickly and can penetrate multiple targets. Additionally, the astronaut starts the game with three smart bombs, which destroy all on-screen enemies when used. Smart bombs are detonated with 2. Finally, the astronaut's spacesuit contains a cloaking system that allows the astronaut to pass through enemies and enemy fire unharmed. Cloaking is toggled with 1+2. Cloaking drains a meter when it is engaged; the meter is partially replenished when a level is completed. Scientists cannot be picked up while cloaked, but the astronaut can cloak after picking up a scientist.

The astronaut is killed if harmed by an enemy or a hazard (including volcanoes and lightning) but respawns without restarting the level if the player has extra lives remaining. The player starts the game with three lives, and the game ends if the player runs out of lives. The player gains an extra life and another smart bomb for every 10,000 points earned.

There is a two-player mode where players take turns playing (using the same Game Gear).

Music and sound

The game uses an arrangement of "Toccata and Fugue in D minor" by German composer Johann Sebastian Bach for its title screen music.



A Sega Master System version was planned for release in July 1994[6][7], but was ultimately cancelled.


A sequel, Super Dropzone, was released for the Super NES, Game Boy Advance, and PlayStation.

Magazine articles

Main article: Dropzone/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

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Computer & Video Games (UK) PAL
Gamers (DE)
Games World: The Magazine (UK) PAL
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
Player One (FR) PAL
Play Time (DE)
Power Up! (UK)
Sega Magazine (UK) PAL
Sega Magazine (UK) PAL
Sega Power (UK) PAL
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
Sega Megazone (AU) PAL
Sonic the Comic (UK) PAL
Todo Sega (ES)
Video Games (DE) PAL
Sega Game Gear
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Game Gear, EU
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Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Game Gear
CRC32 152f0dcc
MD5 65df09530f9c8f02ab11982228d7d18e
SHA-1 b78bc3fe6bfbc7d6f5e85d59d79be19bf7372bcc
128kB 1994-05-24 Cartridge (EU)



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