Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2

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Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Konami
Sound driver: Konami/Vampire Killer
Genre: Action[1]

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥8,800 (9,064)8,800e[2] T-95103
Sega Mega Drive
Videogame Rating Council: GA
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
DM 109.95109.95[8]
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
£39.9939.99[6][7] T-95166-50
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive

Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2 (スパークスター ロケットナイトアドベンチャーズ2) is a 1994 platform game developed and published by Konami for the Sega Mega Drive. It is a sequel to Rocket Knight Adventures. Even though the intro screen refers to it as Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2, it was only referred to as Sparkster on the North American and European packaging.

The game stars an opossum named Sparkster who carries a sword and jetpack on a mission to stop King Gedol from taking over the Kingdom of Zephyrus and kidnapping Princess Cherry.


After being rescued by Sparkster in the first game, the Kingdom of Zephyrus comes under attack once again. This time from the Gedol Empire which is led by King Gedol. In addition to this, Sparkster must also confront his rival, Axel Gear, who was sent by King Gedol to kidnap Princess Cherry, the cousin to Princess Sherry.


The game plays similar to its predecessor. The player can jump B, attack with a sword A, and use a rocket pack to fly short distances C. The button layout can be configured. The projectile emitted from the sword has be removed. When running into walls when using a jetpack the player will rebound if there is enough momentum left. Unlike the first game, the jet pack meter charges quicker and automatically, leading to more opportunities to use the jetpack.

Collecting six secret swords will transform Sparkster into Gold Sparkster, a superpowered form Sparkster. Gold Sparksters attacks are stronger and the rocket pack charges faster. Transforming into Gold Sparkster is necessary to view the true ending.


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As a Rocket Knight, Sparkster gets to utilize some very cool equipment. The rocket pack on his back automatically charges up when it is not in use; it has two different "levels," enabling different moves with each. Players can see the amount of power the rocket pack has charged up at the top of the screen. It charges whenever you are not using it, and as I When your rocket pack is charged to its fullest, the rocket gauge will start blinking orange. Press C and any directional button to utilize the rocket blast for either level of charge. After using the rocket, it'll have to recharge to be able to be used again. Sparkster can go off in one of the eight directions, and cannot be controlled while rocketing. He can also rebound off walls, floors and some objects if there is enough momentum left.
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Similarly controlled by the use of the rocket gauge, by not pressing any directional button with C, Sparkster will perform a buzzsaw cut with his sword, harming any enemy it touches and breaking certain objects. The attack itself has poor range compared to the normal sword, but does hit twice. It also grants invincibility from almost all enemy attacks, with noteable exceptions such as the instant kill laser in stage 5
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If the player finds a small circle with a flame in it, they can grab the power-up and use it to enable the flame sword. This version of the sword deals twice the damage as Sparkster's regular sword, but is lost when Sparkster takes any damage.


When Sparkster has collected 10 Blue Gems or a Red Gem (which count as 10 Blue Gems), the Item Roulette starts to play; at the top right-hand corner, players can see how many Gems they have collected and watch the Item Roulette spin. Then, once an item has been selected (entirely at random), the item is dropped from the sky, and Sparkster can pick it up like normal. Items received from the roulette disappear after a short time.

Blue Gem
Used for collecting towards the Item Roulette
Red Gem
1x Red Gem = 10x Blue Gem. An instant Item Roulette play
Flame Orb
Puts Sparkster's sword aflame. All attacks are stronger
Rocket Pack
Touching these will automatically engage the rocket pack
Causes damage. Each takes off one half of a Heart
Restores one Heart
Restores all Hearts
Sparkster Head
Life Canister
Restores two and a half Hearts of giant mech's health (The Gedol Empire only)


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Level 1 - Kingdom of Zebulos

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Level 2 - The Golden Desert

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Level 3 - The Flying Airship

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Level 4 - The Gedol Empire

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Level 5 - King Gedol's Realm

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Level 6 - Castle Gedol



A game known only as Sparkster was also released on the Super NES but is a different game, designed by a different staff team, starring the same Sparkster character. Later a sequel, just called Rocket Knight, was released for the PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade and PC.

Sonic the Comic included "Sparkster" comics strips, indeed based off Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2, with the hero going against King Gedol's plans. The single story arc was called "Last of the Rocket Knights!" (issue #53 to issue #58). It is one of the few comic strips in Sonic the Comic that is based off a third-party game.


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  • In a video from Sega Video Magazine in Japan, the beta form of the game is shown. The differences are that the title screen has a completely different tune, Sparkster's face icon is different, the forest (stage 1-3) theme plays in the beginning of the level, and some other sprites such as the diamonds are different.
  • In each stage, the game sacrifces half a palette for for the the diamonds and Sparkster's icon, despite these also being covered by Sparksters palette. Perhaps this was done to avoid these change to gold after becoming Gold Sparkster. However, Gold Sparkster only makes a very brief appearance.
  • This is perhaps the only game where a secret item is hidden in a skippable opening scene


Sparkster is not optimised for 50Hz PAL regions.

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2 Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2
Japanese スパークスター ロケットナイトアドベンチャーズ2 Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2
Korean 로켓나이트 어드벤쳐2 Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2

Production credits

  • Planning: Lucky Jet
  • Direct and Design: Tat
  • Character Design: Y.T
  • Design: Shiori S., Noboru Shirasu
  • Special Thanks to: Furukawa, Keita Nose
  • Main Programmer: Lord Unreal
  • Super Programmer: Masanaka Takahashi
  • Ultra Programmer: Hanaten Returns, Yasuo Tsurugai
  • Sound Programmer: O.Kasai, Akiropito
  • Sound Design: Chiruchiru Yamane, A.Yamaoka
  • Package Design: M.Yoshihashi, Y.Nozawa
  • Supervisor: Yutaka Haruki
  • Producer: Tomikazu Kirita
  • Special Thanks: All Konami Staff
In-game credits
Sparkster MD credits.pdf

Magazine articles

Main article: Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Print advert in GamesMaster (UK) #23: "November 1994" (1994-10-20)
also published in:
Print advert in Joypad (FR) #36: "Novembre 1994" (1994-1x-xx)
Print advert in MAN!AC (DE) #1995-02: "02/95" (1995-01-11)
Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1994-08: "August 1994" (1994-07-08)
Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1994-10: "October 1994" (1994-09-08)

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Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2

Mega Drive, JP
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Mega Drive, AU
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Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 6bdb14ed
MD5 d3ddbc9a45653aa790bb922c7b68ce44
SHA-1 d6e2f4aa87633aeea2ec1c05a6100b8905549095
1MB 1994-09 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 d63e9f2d
MD5 1d68100365d9c73bb6c162b9165b5147
SHA-1 91057f22c5cea9bf08edf62862c56b939d570770
1MB 1994-09 Cartridge (EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 914ec662
MD5 210143f754a8ead99373061bd316de09
SHA-1 49e813e108751d502bfb242551b40121c71c5442
1MB 1994-09 Cartridge (JP)


  1. 1.0 1.1 (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-02 23:21)
  2. Beep! MegaDrive, "August 1994" (JP; 1994-07-08), page 6
  3. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "September 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 160
  4. 4.0 4.1 Game Players, "Vol. 7 No. 11 November 1994" (US; 1994-1x-xx), page 136
  5. 5.0 5.1 Sega Magazine, "November 1994" (UK; 1994-10-15), page 80
  6. 6.0 6.1 Computer & Video Games, "November 1994" (UK; 1994-10-15), page 78
  7. 7.0 7.1 Games World: The Magazine, "December 1994" (UK; 1994-10-28), page 15
  8. MAN!AC, "02/95" (DE; 1995-01-11), page 100
  9. File:Sparkster MD credits.pdf
  10. Ultimate Future Games, "December 1994" (UK; 1994-11-01), page 132
  11. Computer & Video Games, "December 1994" (UK; 1994-11-15), page 148
  12. Ultimate Future Games, "January 1995" (UK; 1994-12-01), page 106
  13. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 195
  14. Beep! MegaDrive, "October 1994" (JP; 1994-09-08), page 19
  15. Consoles +, "Octobre 1994" (FR; 1994-xx-xx), page 124
  16. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "October 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 42
  17. Famitsu, "1994-09-23" (JP; 1994-09-09), page 38
  18. GamePro, "November 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 100
  19. GamePro, "Oktober 1994" (DE; 1994-09-30), page 46
  20. Joypad, "Octobre 1994" (FR; 1994-xx-xx), page 92
  21. MAN!AC, "11/94" (DE; 1994-10-12), page 71
  22. Mega Force, "Octobre 1994" (FR; 1994-xx-xx), page 96
  23. Mega Fun, "11/94" (DE; 1994-10-19), page 75
  24. Micro Kid's Multimédia, "Décembre 1994" (FR; 1994-xx-xx), page 72
  25. Mean Machines Sega, "November 1994" (UK; 1994-09-30), page 78
  26. Player One, "Octobre 1994" (FR; 1994-xx-xx), page 114
  27. Play Time, "12/94" (DE; 1994-11-09), page 109
  28. Secret Service, "Listopad 1996" (PL; 1996-10-01), page 69
  29. Sega Magazin, "Dezember 1994" (DE; 1994-11-17), page 26
  30. Sega Power, "November 1994" (UK; 1994-09-29), page 48
  31. Sega Pro, "November 1994" (UK; 1994-10-06), page 64
  32. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 87
  33. Supersonic, "Octobre 1994" (FR; 1994-xx-xx), page 48
  34. Todo Sega, "Enero 1995" (ES; 199x-xx-xx), page 50
  35. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 25
  36. Video Games, "11/94" (DE; 1994-10-26), page 92
  37. VideoGames, "November 1994" (US; 1994-1x-xx), page 90

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