Rocket Knight Adventures

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Rocket Knight Adventures
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Konami
Developer:
Sound driver: Konami/Hyperstone Heist
Genre: Action[1][2]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥7,800 (8,034)7,800e[3] T-95063
Sega Mega Drive
US
T-95046
Sega Mega Drive
EU
T-95046-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM 110.00110.00[10] T-95046-50
Sega Mega Drive
PT
MD95046
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.9939.99[8][9] T-95046-50
Sega Mega Drive
SE
(Rental)
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$109.95109.95[11] FROC06SMC
Sega Mega Drive
KR
GM93028JT
Sega Mega Drive
AS

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Rocket Knight Adventures (ロケットナイト アドベンチャーズ) is a 1993 platform game developed and published by Konami for the Sega Mega Drive. It was the first in a line of successful games, continuing with Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2, a unrelated game Sparkster for the Super NES and more recently, Rocket Knight for the PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade and PC.

The game stars an opossum named Sparkster who carries a sword and jetpack in an attempt to rescue a princess from the evil Axel Gear.

Gameplay

Sparkster's primary weapon is his sword (A or C), which he can use to fire a short-range projectile. However, it will do greater damage to an enemy if it makes direct contact. The sword can also be used charge the jetpack by holding the button down. Charging the jetpack until the energy bar is full and releasing the button will make Sparkster spin on the spot, whirling his sword in all directions. This will do additional damage to nearby enemies and is useful when Sparkster is surrounded. Releasing the button while pushing a direction causes Sparkster to briefly fly in that direction with his sword in front of him, also doing damage to any enemy he collides with. B jumps.

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Apple - Restores one heart.

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Banana - Restores four hearts.

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Gemstone - 10 points.

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1UP - Extra life.

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Power Item - Lets Sparkster fly continuously for the rest of the sub-level; increases projectile range.

Levels

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Level 1 - Kingdom of Zebulos
The first stage begins with a walk through a burning village. Wide open spaces and high walls give the player a chance to practise their rocket pack skills. After defeating the first mini-boss, Sparkster takes flight using the Power Item. This part of the stage plays rather like a shoot-'em-up, with waves of small enemies followed by a dragon mini-boss. Once in the castle, the player is required to use walls to rebound with their rocket pack in order to ascend to the stage boss.

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Level 2 - Mountain Range

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Level 3 - Deep Underground

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Level 4 - Flying Battleship

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Level 5 - Kingdom of Devotindos

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Level 6 - Outer Space

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Level 7 - Pig Star

Production credits

Source:
In-game credits

Magazine articles

Main article: Rocket Knight Adventures/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: Rocket Knight Adventures/Promotional material.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
86 №13, p20/21
87
95
95
Sega Mega Drive
91
Based on
4 reviews
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
50
[12]
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
83
[13]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
68
[14]
Console Mania (IT) PAL
95
[15]
Consoles + (FR)
85
[16]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
88
[17]
Dengeki Mega Drive (JP) NTSC-J
85
[18]
Edge (UK)
70
[19]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
80
[20]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
91
[21]
GameFan (US) NTSC-U
91
[22]
Game Players (US) NTSC-U
90
[23]
Game Power (IT) NTSC
89
[24]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
83
[4]
GamesMaster (UK) PAL
92
[25]
Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
60
[26]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
90
[27]
Hyper (AU)
84
[28]
Joypad (FR) PAL
96
[29]
Mega (UK) PAL
81
[30]
Mega Action (UK)
94
[31]
Mega Action (UK) PAL
94
[32]
Megablast (DE)
78
[33]
Mega Force (FR)
97
[34]
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
87
[35]
Mega Power (UK) PAL
90
[36]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
92
[37]
Magazina Igrushek (RU)
90
[38]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
91
[39]
Player One (FR)
97
[40]
Play Time (DE) PAL
90
[41]
Score (CZ)
73
[42]
Sega Magazin (DE)
87
[43]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
82
[8]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
89
[44]
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
92
[45]
Sega Force Mega (UK) PAL
79
[46]
Sega Force (SE)
88
[47]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
79
[48]
Super Juegos (ES)
89
[49]
Todo Sega (ES)
92
[50]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
72
[51]
Video Games (DE) PAL
83
[52]
VideoGames (US) NTSC-U
70
[53]
Sega Mega Drive
85
Based on
44 reviews

Rocket Knight Adventures

Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
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Cart
Rocketknight md jp manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, US
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Cover
RocketKnightAdventures MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Rocket Knight Adventures MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
Rocket Knight Adventures MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
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Cart
Rocket Knight Adventures MD EU Manual.pdf
Manual
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PCB
Mega Drive, FR (Blister pack)
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Cover
Mega Drive, PT
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Cover
Mega Drive, SE (rental)

Mega Drive, CZ (Datart)[54]

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Cart
Mega Drive, AU
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Cover
Rocket Knight Adventures Megadrive AU Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, KR
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, Asia

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Cart
Mega Drive, SG/MY/BN
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Cover

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 a6efec47
MD5 ce0fde21d2c418b24c3d904e57df466e
SHA-1 49634bb09c38fa03549577f977e6afb6cebaac48
1MB 1993-08 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 8eedfd51
MD5 baf6d595dcdfd388f57c781e60160997
SHA-1 cb741f868b0eba17819a27e37cda96f33674c342
1MB 1993-08 Cartridge (EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 d1c8c1c5
MD5 6f0df6d8e82f0e05be3aec1d43b34b32
SHA-1 76d33c8549cd86cb1a4d17ac6eb8dd47c2f07d03
1MB 1993-08 Cartridge (JP)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 9cbee37b
MD5 eba69cf9ce2211911ae0d0a78e606087
SHA-1 9e2335dc00f95754a2cdce1f6bc7142e467d173d
1MB 1993-08 Cartridge (JP) Sample version Page

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software_l.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-02 23:21)
  2. File:RKA MD KR Box.jpg
  3. Beep! MegaDrive, "July 1993" (JP; 1993-06-08), page 7
  4. 4.0 4.1 GamePro, "September 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 30
  5. Mega Play, "June 1993" (US; 1993-0x-xx), page 40
  6. 6.0 6.1 Computer & Video Games, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-15), page 14
  7. 7.0 7.1 Mega Power, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-08-19), page 59
  8. 8.0 8.1 Sega Power, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-08-05), page 66
  9. Mega, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-08-19), page 35
  10. Sega Magazin, "September/Oktober 1993" (DE; 1993-09-01), page 91
  11. Megazone, "November 1993" (AU; 1993-11-03), page 29
  12. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 195
  13. Aktueller Software Markt, "September 1993" (DE; 1993-08-09), page 40
  14. Beep! MegaDrive, "August 1993" (JP; 1993-07-08), page 21
  15. Console Mania, "Ottobre 1993" (IT; 1993-xx-xx), page 82
  16. Consoles +, "Septembre 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 122
  17. Computer & Video Games, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-08-15), page 42
  18. Dengeki Mega Drive, "August 1993" (JP; 1993-07-08), page 37
  19. Edge, "October 1993" (UK; 1993-08-19), page 88
  20. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "November 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 48
  21. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 85
  22. GameFan, "Volume 1, Issue 9: August 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 10
  23. Game Players, "Vol. 6 No. 12 December 1993" (US; 1993-1x-xx), page 201
  24. Game Power, "Ottobre 1993" (IT; 1993-xx-xx), page 77
  25. GamesMaster, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-08-19), page 60
  26. Hippon Super, "September 1993" (JP; 1993-08-03), page 48
  27. Hobby Consolas, "Septiembre 1993" (ES; 1993-xx-xx), page 60
  28. Hyper, "December 1993" (AU; 1993-xx-xx), page 44
  29. Joypad, "Septembre 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 60
  30. Mega, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-08-19), page 34
  31. Mega Action, "December 1993" (UK; 1993-11-04), page 80
  32. Mega Action, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-08-12), page 10
  33. Megablast, "4/93" (DE; 1993-09-29), page 41
  34. Mega Force, "Septembre 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 88
  35. Mega Fun, "09/93" (DE; 1993-08-18), page 70
  36. Mega Power, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-08-19), page 56
  37. MegaTech, "August 1993" (UK; 1993-07-20), page 44
  38. Magazina Igrushek, "1/1996" (RU; 1996-xx-xx), page 58
  39. Mean Machines Sega, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-07-30), page 82
  40. Player One, "Septembre 1993" (FR; 1993-08-xx), page 92
  41. Play Time, "9/93" (DE; 1993-08-04), page 114
  42. Score, "Únor 1994" (CZ; 1994-02-01), page 46
  43. Sega Magazin, "September/Oktober 1993" (DE; 1993-09-01), page 90
  44. Sega Pro, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-08-12), page 50
  45. Sega Zone, "October 1993" (UK; 1993-09-xx), page 46
  46. Sega Force Mega, "October 1993" (UK; 1993-08-19), page 44
  47. Sega Force, "8/93" (SE; 1993-12-09), page 12
  48. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 85
  49. Super Juegos, "Septiembre 1993" (ES; 1993-0x-xx), page 44
  50. Todo Sega, "Septiembre 1993" (ES; 1993-0x-xx), page 34
  51. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 148
  52. Video Games, "9/93" (DE; 1993-08-25), page 98
  53. VideoGames, "September 1993" (US; 1993-0x-xx), page 50
  54. https://aukro.cz/rocket-knight-adventures-sega-mega-drive-7012335166


Rocket Knight Adventures

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Prereleases:
Sega Mega Drive
Prototypes: Sample



Sparkster blast sprite Rocket Knight Adventures games for Sega systems
Sega Mega Drive
Rocket Knight Adventures (1993) | Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2 (1994)