The Terminator (Mega-CD)

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The Terminator
System(s): Sega Mega-CD
Publisher: Virgin Games
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega-CD
$52.9952.99[1] T-70015
Videogame Rating Council: MA-13
Sega Mega-CD
Sega Mega-CD
DM 119.95119.95[5] T-70015-50
Sega Mega-CD
£44.9944.99[3][4] T-70015-50
Sega Mega-CD

The Terminator is a Sega Mega-CD action platform game developed and published by Virgin Games. Based on the 1984 film The Terminator, the game was released in June 1993 to positive reception, particularly in regards to composer Tommy Tallarico's soundtrack.

The game was a standout title for both Virgin Games and the Sega Mega-CD platform, and was praised for its detailed graphics and animation, a memorable soundtrack, and the inclusion of digitized scenes from the original film.


The game follows the story of the film. In the future, man and machine are locked in an existential war with one another. Skynet, the artificial intelligence controlling the machines and trying to eradicate the human race, sends a cyborg assassin back in time to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor, the mother of resistance leader John Connor. John Connor, in turn, sends soldier Kyle Reese back in time to find Sarah first and protect her.


The Terminator is a run-and-gun platform game where the player plays as the time-traveling soldier Kyle Reese. The early levels are set in the apocalyptic future of 2029 during the war between humanity and the machines. At the end of the Skynet stages, Reese travels back in time to Los Angeles in 1984.

B fires Reese's rifle. The rifle can be upgraded by finding weapon power-ups throughout the stages. In both time periods, the rifle is initially single-shot but all of the upgraded weapons can be rapidly fired by holding the button. A throws grenades in 2029 and pipe bombs in 1984. These weapons are limited in quantity but can be found as item pick-ups. C jumps. Up climbs ladders, Down descends ladders or crouches. All weapons can be used while crouching, jumping, running, or on ladders. The rifle can also be fired in the upward diagonal directions when standing or the downward diagonal directions when on a ladder.

Reese has a health gauge, which can be replenished by finding health pick-ups. Reese takes damage from enemies, hazards, and falling from great heights. He loses a life if he loses all of his health, though extra lives can be found throughout the stages as well. Reese can also find Flak Vests that temporary shield him from damage. Small nodes are used as checkpoints. There are no continues or a save or password system.

The overall length is around 45 to 60 minutes of gameplay, compared to the Mega Drive version that is around 15 minutes of gameplay long. The game also features a number of bosses, though they are not significantly more challenging than standard enemies.


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Human Outpost

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Holocaust L.A.

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Skynet Base 1

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Skynet Base 2

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City Streets

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City Rooftops

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TechNoir Bar

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Police Station

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Cyberdyne Factory 1

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Cyberdyne Factory 2

Production credits

Note: this game divides its credits into two - the "main" developers are listed in the introduction, while assistant staff are listed in the end credits.

  • Developed by: Virgin Games
  • Programmed by: Salias Warner
  • Script: Erik Yeo, Justin Norr
  • Set Design: Nick Bruty, Kevin Toft
  • Character Design: Doug Cope, Roger Hardy, Clark Sorensen
  • Original Music: Tommy Tallarico
  • Video and Sound: Steve Henifin
  • Original Concept: Dave Perry
  • Producers: Tom Gibson, Barry Pringle
In-game introduction credits

  • Design Assistance: Justin Norr, Kevin Norr, Mark Yamada
  • Programming Assistance: John Alvaardo, Matt From, David Perry
  • Artists: Mike Dietz, Shawn Maclean, Barry J.S. Pringle, Dean Ruggles, Edward Schofield, Bob Steele, Bob Stevenson, Daniel Wong, Willis Wong
  • Quality Assurance: Mike McCaa, Chris McFarland, Jared Brinkley, David Fries, Bijan Shaheer, Harvard Bonin, Nick Camerota, Susan Haight, Erik Harshman, Ken Love, Paul Moore, Chad Soares, Chris Toft, Jon Williams, Noah Tool, Tim Williams
  • Executive Producers: "Doc" Clarke-Willson, Guy Johnson, David Bishop
  • Production: Seth Mandlesohn, Craig Warmsley, Jeff Buccellato, Kevin Norr
  • Produced With: ROM DevBios from Malibu Interactive
Music Mixed in QSound™ by Buzz Borrowes
©1993 Virgin Games USA.
In-game end credits

Magazine articles

Main article: The Terminator (Mega-CD)/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Print advert in Sega Visions (US) #14: "August/September 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
Print advert in GamePro (US) #51: "October 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #57: "April 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
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Physical scans

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Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega-CD
474,737,088 CD (EU) T-70015-50
Sega Mega-CD
468,937,056 CD (US) T-70015
Sega Mega-CD
1993-05-11 CD-R Page


The Terminator (Mega-CD)

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Prereleases: Prototype 1993-05-11

RoboCop and Terminator franchise games for Sega systems
Sega Mega Drive
The Terminator (1992) | T2: The Arcade Game (1992) | RoboCop 3 (1993) | Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1993) | RoboCop Versus The Terminator (1993)
Sega Master System
The Terminator (1992) | T2: The Arcade Game (1993) | RoboCop 3 (1993) | Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1993) | RoboCop Versus The Terminator (1994)
Sega Game Gear
The Terminator (1992) | T2: The Arcade Game (1993) | RoboCop 3 (1993) | Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1993) | RoboCop Versus The Terminator (1994)
Sega Mega-CD
The Terminator (1994)