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Asterix and the Great Rescue
© 1993 Sega Review by Raziel

In 50 BC Gaul is under the Roman rule...well, not exactly, there is a small Gaulish village that continues to resist against the Roman Legions with the help of a magic potion that gives them superhuman strength. This potion is made by the village's druid, Panoramix. Caesar realizes that as long as the village has Panoramix he will never conquer these undominable Gauls, so he organizes a kidnap mission for Panoramix and succeeds. Now, Asterix and Obelix must travel through various parts of Europe which are under Roman rule in order to rescue Panoramix...OK, I know the story is not original, but hey...it's Asterix!

Produced in 1993 by Sega, this game is, of course, based on the adventures of Asterix the Gaul and his pal Obelix. It's not one of the great Asterix games but it has some merits.

GRAPHICS:
The graphics are by no means great, but they are fairly good. Asterix and Obelix look OK, as well as the rest of the sprites which consist of Roman soldiers, centurions as well as barbarians and animals. The backgrounds, although not outstanding, are well-drawn and colorful. All in all, the graphics are simply OK.

   

SOUND:
The music is fun to listen to while playing. There are various tracks for the whole game. On the other hand, the SFX are not as good as they should be...

   

GAMEPLAY:
It looks and sounds OK, but it's the gameplay where the game's faults lie...It is, as you expect, a platform game. You get to be either Asterix or Obelix. There are 6 levels total, divided into several stages each. Each level is a different part of Europe like Gaul, Germania, Rome etc. At the end of each level there is a boss. It sounds OK, but the game is incredibly difficult because of a very tight time limit that there is in each of the stages. Frankly, you mustn't take a single wrong turn in the levels...The control system is OK, the levels are interesting but the time limit makes the game not as enjoyable as it could be. Additionally, every time you lose a life you go straight at the beginning of the stage without any checkpoints. Fortunatelly there are some passwords.

OVERALL:
It looks, sounds and plays nice, but why on earth did they include the time limit? If not for this the game would receive a better score. If you like Asterix you might enjoy this game. The rest of you better choose to play a Disney game...

PASSWORDS:
Here are the passwords. I don't remember the levels that they correspond to, but try them, you won't lose...INSULA, CONDOR, AVALON, VIENNA, DULCIS.

GRAPHICS:80
SOUND :73
CONTROL :79
FUN :65
OVERALL :75