From Sega Retro


Publisher: Sega
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Virtual Console, Steam
Sound driver: GEMS
Genre: Action

Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
$59.99[1] 1577
Sega Mega Drive
US (Mega Hit Series)
Sega Mega Drive
£49.99[2] 1577-50
Sega Mega Drive
?F 1577-50
Sega Mega Drive
DM 119 1577-50
Sega Mega Drive
?Ptas 1577-50
Sega Mega Drive
?PTE$ MDJ1577
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
R$? 046930

Wii Virtual Console
600 pts ?
Wii Virtual Console
800 pts ?
Wii Virtual Console
800 pts ?

$2.99 ?
€? ?

Vectorman (ベクターマン) is a platform game developed by BlueSky Software and published by Sega for the Sega Mega Drive. It was released on October 24, 1995 in North America and on November 30, 1995 in Europe.


In 2049, the human population of Earth embarks on a migratory voyage to try to colonize other planets. They leave mechanical "orbots" to clean up the mess they made on Earth through littering and pollution. Raster, a high-level orbot who watches Earth through a planetwide computer network, is accidentally attached to a working nuclear missile by a lesser orbot and goes insane, becoming an evil dictator named Warhead. He declares himself ruler of Earth, and begins preparing to execute any humans who dare return to their planet.

Enter Vectorman, a humble orbot in charge of cleaning up toxic sludge by simply discharging it into the sun. As he lands on Earth after his last trip, he finds chaos and confusion. Because all the other Orbots are controlled by Warhead (Vectorman having not been affected because he was away), Vectorman takes it upon himself to destroy the errant orbot and restore peace to Earth.


The game itself is a straightforward 2D action platformer. Vectorman is an orbot (something like a robot) powered with a ball gun in his hand; powerups include a machine gun, "bolo" gun, and triple-fire guns. A and B both shoot and C jumps. C twice will launch Vectorman into a brief boost.

Vectorman possesses the ability to transform, through the use of powerups, into several different forms: including a drill, to cut through floors; a bomb, to destroy all surrounding enemies or breakable walls; and an aquatic form, useful for swimming underwater. In addition to powerup transformations, 3 levels host unique morphed forms with which to combat bosses in. Overall, the game consists of 16 levels.



Vectorman was made partly in response to Nintendo/Rare's Donkey Kong Country, which contained pioneering graphics with pre-rendered 3D models in its level and character designs, giving the game a smooth, computer-generated feel. Donkey Kong Country's marketing stated that the game was impossible to do on Sega's Mega Drive, and Vectorman acted as one attempt to prove Nintendo wrong.


In North America, special randomly distributed copies of Vectorman have a special "you win" screen at the end of the game, along with a phone number which could be called and an address. If consumers sent these special cartridges back to Sega of America before July 31st, 1996, they would receive prizes - one $25,000 prize (won by Keolamanaokalahuinui "Keola" Kaula of Albuquerque[1]), ten £10,000 prizes or one of ninety Sega Saturn systems[3].

Vectorman was both a critical and commercial success, and was re-released in North America as part of the Mega Hit Series. It was acclaimed for its gameplay, level design and 3d graphics, and a great techno soundtrack.


Vectorman was not originally released in Japan, with its debut in the country coming through the PC compilation Sega Archives From USA Vol.1. It was released on the Wii Virtual Console on February 27, 2007 in Japan and April 5, 2007 in Europe, and in North America on September 22, 2008.

Sonic Gems Collection has both Vectorman and its sequel as unlockable games. Vectorman can be unlocked by playing the compilation for at least 5 hours or by having a save file of Sonic Heroes or Sonic Mega Collection on the memory card. Both games were the only bonus titles to be kept on the international versions of the collection.

Sega Mega Drive Collection also features Vectorman and its sequel, this time as games available without the need for unlocking. Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection also contains the game.

A sequel, Vectorman 2 was produced for the Sega Mega Drive, and was released in 1996.

Although BlueSky Software, the original developer of both Vectorman games closed in 2001, a Vectorman game for the PlayStation 2 was announced in 2003 but was soon cancelled.

Production credits

BlueSky Software
  • Designers: Richard Karpp, Mark Lorenzen
  • Project Manager: Jennifer Cleary
  • Game Concept By: Dana Christianson, Richard Karpp, Mark Lorenzen, Jason Weesner
  • Lead Background Artist: Amber Long
  • Background Artists: Jeff Jonas, Geoffrey Knobel, Mark Lorenzen, Jeff Remmer
  • Background Assistant: Brandon McDonald
  • Lead Animator: Marty Davis
  • Animators: Ellis Goodson, John Roy
  • Splash Screens: Jeff Remmer
  • Sound: Jon Holland
  • Music: Jon Holland
  • Lead Programmer: Richard Karpp
  • Programmers: Mark Botta, Keith Freiheit, Bonita Kane
  • Special Thanks: Patrick Brogan, Tom Carroll, John Fulbright, Jerry Huber, Matt McDonald, Chuck Osieja, Sam Powell, Rick Randolph, Rick Schmitz, Kim Walsh

Digital manuals

Magazine articles

Main article: Vectorman/Magazine articles.

Promotional material


VideoGames US 82.pdf

Print advert in
VideoGames (US) #82: "November 1995" (1995-10-24)

SegaMagazin DE 28.pdf

Print advert in
Sega Magazin (DE) #28: "März 1996" (1996-02-14)
also published in:

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
44 №11, p140/141[7]
80 №12
85 №48, p108/109[8]
96 №168, p48/49[9]
83 №76, p42[10]
92 №36, p46/47
82 №84
78 №11/95, p72/73[11]
90 №37, p62-65[12]
90 №58, p126/127
90 №73, p48/49
90 №52, p50/51
90 №1, p89[2]
90 №82, p89[13]
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
16 reviews

Mega Drive, US
Vectorman MD US Box Back.jpgVectorman MD US Box Spine.jpgVectorman md us cover.jpg
Vectorman md us cart.jpg
Vectorman md us manual.pdf
Mega Drive, US (Mega Hit Series)
Vectorman MD US Box Back MHS.jpgVectorman MD US Box Spine MHS.jpgVectormanMHS md us cover.jpg
Vectorman MD US Cart MHS.jpg
Mega Drive, US
(Mega Hit Series) (Alt)

Vectorman MD US Cart MHS Alt.jpg
Mega Drive, EU
Vectorman md eu cover.jpg
Vectorman MD EU Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, AU
Vectorman MD AU cover.jpg
Vectorman MD EU Cart.jpg
Vectorman MD AU manual.pdf
Mega Drive, BR
Vectorman md br manual.pdf

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Press release: 1996-01-12: 12-year-old gamer wins $25,000 cash grand prize in Sega's videogame contest
  2. 2.0 2.1 File:SSM UK 01.pdf, page 89
  3. File:EGM US 077.pdf, page 22
  4. File:SegaMagazin DE 31.pdf, page 99
  5. File:SegaMagazin DE 32.pdf, page 99
  6. File:SegaMagazin DE 33.pdf, page 99
  7. File:CDConsoles FR 11.pdf, page 140
  8. File:ConsolesPlus FR 048.pdf, page 108
  9. File:CVG UK 168.pdf, page 48
  10. File:EGM US 076.pdf, page 42
  11. File:MegaFun DE 1995-11.pdf, page 72
  12. File:MeanMachinesSega37UK.pdf, page 62
  13. File:VideoGames US 82.pdf, page 89

Games in the Category:Vectorman Series
Vectorman (1995) | Vectorman 2 (1996) | Vectorman (PlayStation 2) (Unreleased)
Vectorman related media
Sega Tunes: Vectorman (1996)