Greendog: The Beached Surfer Dude!

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Greendog: The Beached Surfer Dude!
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Game Gear
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
GEMS
Genre: Action

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$49.9949.99[2] 1035
Sega Mega Drive
EU
Sega Mega Drive
PT
MDJ1035
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.9939.99[4][5]
Sega Mega Drive
SE
(Rental)
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Mega Drive
CA
Sega Mega Drive
BR
Sega Mega Drive
AS
Sega Game Gear
US
$34.9534.95[7] 2429
Videogame Rating Council: GA
Sega Game Gear
BR
075270

Greendog: The Beached Surfer Dude! is a Sega Mega Drive action platform game developed by Interactive Designs and published by Sega. First released in September 1992, it was later ported to the Sega Game Gear by the same developer the following year.

The game takes place on a number of Caribbean islands and features a calypso music soundtrack.

Story

The eponymous protagonist of the story is Greendog, the player character, a laid-back, cool surfer and skater with a mop of bleached blonde hair. He has surfed most of the biggest waves around, including off the coast of Australia, California and in the Mediterranean, and is always in search of the biggest waves which will give him the biggest thrill and he cares for little else in life. He does not say much except "dude" and "cool."

One day, while surfing in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of the Grenada islands, Greendog is knocked off his surfboard by the biggest freak wave he has ever seen, and falls unconscious in the sea. When he wakes on the beach, he is apparently in another version of our world, or at least some form of very vivid dreamworld, and a mysterious and apparently magical gold pendant is tied around his neck and he is unable to remove it. His girlfriend Bambi finds him and explains to Greendog that the pendant is of Aztec origin and carries a terrible curse; it dooms the wearer to be attacked by animals and wild primeval creatures and, worst of all, prohibits surfing.

The only way that Greendog can lift the curse is to travel to a lost Aztec civilization and track down six pieces of a sacred Aztec treasure which were scattered across the Caribbean Islands.

Gameplay

The game involves traversing several side-scrolling levels. Left and Right move Greendog around, C jumps, and Down crouches. The cursed pendant causes animals and locals to freak out and become hostile when Greendog approaches them. Greendog is armed with only a flying disc (a Frisbee) that flies a short distance in front of him before returning. He can shoot it at enemies to destroy them or at various objects. B throws the disc, and Up+B throws the disc diagonally upward in the direction that Greendog is facing. Greendog can throw the disc while jumping or crouching. Every 10,000 points, Greendog receives a Flying Disc Bonus (announced by a chime), which temporarily increases the power of the disc.

Island Hopping

Greendog has a damage meter that goes up as he takes damage from enemies and hazards (as opposed to a hit point meter that goes down). The player can find items that reduce the damage meter by attacking enemies and objects such as totem poles and garbage cans. If Greendog fills the damage meter, he loses his flying disc; he loses a life if he does not collect it quickly or takes additional damage.

Greendog can find Power Items throughout the levels that temporarily enhance his flying disc, freeze enemies, or provide invincibility. He can store up to four of them in slots at the top of the screen. The A button uses the rightmost item.

The game has some homages to earlier side-scrolling adventure games, such as Pitfall! as the character often has to swing on vines to advance and many of the levels take place in a tropical jungle or in an ancient Mesoamerican temple. Greendog has numerous contraptions and toys, such as a "pedal-copter," inline skates, and a skateboard, which are used to complete some of the levels. When piloting the pedal-copter, B punches and CCCCC ascends. Greendog's dog Fetch appears at certain points and can hinder by trying to eat food items or help by attacking enemies.

Stages

Each stage ends with an Ancient Aztec Ruins segment where Greendog finds a piece of treasure. In between stages, there are "Island Hopping" segments where Greendog travels over the sea in his pedal-copter to the next island.

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Grenada

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Mustique

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Curaçao

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Jamaica

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Saba

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St. Vincent

Items

Junk Food

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Corn Dog
Awards 100 bonus points.
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Hot Dog
Awards 100 bonus points.
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Ice Cream
Awards 100 bonus points.
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Pizza
Awards 500 bonus points.
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Donut
Awards 500 bonus points.
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Burger
Awards 1,000 bonus points.
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Fries
Awards 1,000 bonus points.
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Cola
Reduces the damage meter.
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Bone
If Fetch grabs a bone, he stops going after the food items. If Greendog grabs the bone, Fetch attacks nearby enemies instead.
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Extra Life
Gives the player an extra life.

Power Items

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Super Disc
Conjures a flying disc that hovers in the air and automatically seeks out and attacks enemies as it finds them. Lasts only for a short time. Greendog can still use his regular flying disc while this item is active.
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Clock
Freezes all enemies temporarily. Frozen enemies can still harm Greendog if he touches them but can still be attacked as well.
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Umbrella Hat
Provides Greendog with temporary invulnerability.

History

The titular Greendog, American surfer Ric Green.

Conceptualized by Sega of America producer Michael Latham around characters from the obscure 1988 board game Surf Trip[8][9][10][11] (created by surfer Ric Green[12][13] and illustrated by American artist Cam de Leon[14][15][16][8]), Greendog was partly inspired by Latham’s experiences growing up in the Caribbean. While the producer had greater ambitions for the game's design, Sega of America’s marketing department were not as convinced, and Interactive Designs were only provided half the expected budget and a short five-month development cycle.[17]

Legacy

The game's perceived attitude has seen it become the star of community parody, notably seeing a resurgence in popularity thanks to YouTube personality Joe Redifer of Game Sack. First appearing in episode 154, and being introduced with an eagerly 1990s-"attitude"-filled exclamation of “Green-DAAAWG”, Redifer’s exaggerated pronunciation has since become associated with the game’s modern identity.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

Source:
In-game credits[18]


Source:
US manual[19]

Game Gear version

Source:
In-game credits


Magazine articles

Main article: Greendog: The Beached Surfer Dude!/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Television advertisements

Print advertisements

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Print advert in Mega Force (ES) #6: "Octubre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
also published in:
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Print advert in Video Games (DE) #1992-11: "11/92" (1992-10-28)
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Print advert in Mega Force (ES) #7: "Noviembre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Hobby Consolas (ES) #14: "Noviembre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Sega Force (SE) #1992-02: "2/92" (1992-11-19)
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Photo gallery

Ric Green's "Surf Trip The Board Game"

Autographed copy of Greendog: The Beached Surfer Dude!

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Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
60
[22]
Consoles + (FR)
70
[23]
Cool Gamer (RU)
50
[24]
Electronic Games (1992-1995) (US)
84
[25]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
65
[26]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
60
[27]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
40
[28]
Excalibur (CZ)
70
[29]
GameFan (US)
72
[30]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
98
[2]
Game Informer (US)
85
[31]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
89
[32]
Joypad (FR)
88
[33]
Joystick (FR) NTSC-U
90
[34]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK)
70
[35]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
70
[36]
Mega (UK) PAL
57
[37]
Mega Force (FR)
85
[38]
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
73
[39]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
56
[40]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
49
[4]
Player One (FR)
90
[41]
Play Time (DE)
73
[42]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
68
[43]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
82
[44]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
80
[45]
Sega Force (SE)
81
[46]
Sega Force (UK)
72
[47]
Supergame (BR) NTSC-U
71
[48]
Supergame (BR)
71
[6]
Supersonic (FR)
78
[49]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
70
[50]
User (GR) PAL
82
[51]
Video Games (DE)
63
[52]
Sega Mega Drive
72
Based on
34 reviews

Greendog: The Beached Surfer Dude!

Mega Drive, US
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Mega Drive, US (alt)

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Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

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Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
75
[7]
Sega Game Gear
75
Based on
1 review

Greendog: The Beached Surfer Dude!

Game Gear, US
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Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 c4820a03
MD5 12199da6628b92c9bbd59460ae602a8c
SHA-1 fe47514e9aeecabaed954a65d7241079dfec3d9e
512kB 1992-06 Cartridge (US/EU)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 f27925b0
MD5 e6c364fce0f71a9eb9e5474cd84c2067
SHA-1 b5bf962000636bb1cbdf134759baa1e25b25d097
256kB Cartridge (US/EU)

External links

References

  1. Sega Visions, "August/September 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 64
  2. 2.0 2.1 GamePro, "November 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 56
  3. 3.0 3.1 Mega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-17), page 26
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 64
  5. Sega Pro, "November 1992" (UK; 1992-10-08), page 40
  6. 6.0 6.1 Supergame, "Dezembro 1992" (BR; 1992-12-xx), page 38
  7. 7.0 7.1 GamePro, "January 1994" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 206
  8. 8.0 8.1 File:Trademark Surf Trip Reg Nº 1558214 1989-09-26 (United States Patent and Trademark Office).pdf
  9. https://www3.wipo.int/branddb/en/showData.jsp?ID=USTM.73776203
  10. File:TheOrangeCountyRegister US 1989-04-10 page 55.png
  11. Press Release: 1989-09-21: RETAILING : Every Dog Has His Day, and Star of Surfer Board Game Is No Exception
  12. 12.0 12.1 Sega Visions, "June/July 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 83
  13. https://archive.vn/8faRy/273669b08895cd9a49a9455723ce44323324691c.jpg
  14. https://i.ibb.co/h2mjjrS/53870696-2021991671438060-5926669708217267020-n.jpg (archive.today)
  15. https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/surf-trip-board-game-1988-artwork-cam-1831285370 (archive.today)
  16. File:SurfTripInc Registration 1988-06-14 (California Secretary of State).pdf
  17. K Horowitz (2016). Playing at the Next Level: A History of American Sega Games
  18. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjKGdI0egEk
  19. File:Greendog_MD_US_Manual.pdf, page 9
  20. Hobby Consolas, "Octubre 1992" (ES; 1992-xx-xx), page 46
  21. Sega Force, "1/93" (SE; 1993-01-14), page 35
  22. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-xx-xx), page 92
  23. Consoles +, "Novembre 1992" (FR; 1992-1x-xx), page 86
  24. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 96
  25. Electronic Games (1992-1995), "October 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 73
  26. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "October 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 30
  27. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 320
  28. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 54
  29. Excalibur, "" (CZ; 1993-09-10), page 33
  30. GameFan, "Volume 1, Issue 1: October 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 6
  31. Game Informer, "September/October 1992" (US; 1992-0x-xx), page 6
  32. Hobby Consolas, "Octubre 1992" (ES; 1992-xx-xx), page 100
  33. Joypad, "Octobre 1992" (FR; 1992-10-xx), page 68
  34. Joystick, "Novembre 1992" (FR; 1992-1x-xx), page 158
  35. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "November 1992" (UK; 1992-xx-xx), page 24
  36. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 92
  37. Mega, "November 1992" (UK; 1992-10-15), page 50
  38. Mega Force, "Octobre 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 80
  39. Mega Fun, "09/92" (DE; 1992-09-22), page 35
  40. MegaTech, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-20), page 42
  41. Player One, "Octobre 1992" (FR; 1992-10-10), page 62
  42. Play Time, "12/92" (DE; 1992-11-04), page 90
  43. Sega Power, "November 1992" (UK; 1992-10-01), page 28
  44. Sega Pro, "November 1992" (UK; 1992-10-08), page 36
  45. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 66
  46. Sega Force, "1/93" (SE; 1993-01-14), page 14
  47. Sega Force, "November 1992" (UK; 1992-10-08), page 56
  48. Supergame, "Novembro 1992" (BR; 1992-11-xx), page 22
  49. Supersonic, "Novembre 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 10
  50. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-xx-xx), page 83
  51. User, "Ioúnios 1993" (GR; 1993-0x-xx), page 48
  52. Video Games, "11/92" (DE; 1992-10-28), page 48


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