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I am really pleased that we were contacted about doing retro reviews. I am having a personal blast doing them, and it has opened all kinds of different avenues of discussion here at Family Friendly Gaming. Back in the heyday of the Genesis I did not have time for Ristar. I knew it came from the same team who developed Sonic the Hedgehog, but knew little beyond it. For an action adventure platformer Ristar is a little different. Do not expect the speed from Sonic the Hedgehog in Ristar. This game has a much slower pace, and some different game play mechanics.

The most interesting thing about Ristar is how his arms are used. They extend and can be used to grab enemies and fling them away. These arms can also grab onto certain objects. We can swing around trees in our path, or swing up to a higher level. We can also use them to climb up ladders.

The graphics are generally bright and colorful. We noticed graphical glitches while playing. The music is fantastic, and really enhances this Genesis game in a variety of pleasing ways. I had problems with certain areas - mainly finding my way through them. The health bar is large enough that dying in Ristar is pretty rare. I enjoyed Ristar all in all. It may not be the best retro game out there, but you will get your moneys worth.
- Paul


Graphics: 75%
Sound: 83%
Replay/Extras: 83%
Gameplay: 78%
Family Friendly Factor: 75%

System: Genesis
Publisher: Sega

Rating: ‘NR’ - Not Rated

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