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The year is 2049 and the earth has become a toxic waste dump. All of mankind has fled to the stars leaving behind an army of "Orbots" to clean up the mess. This already bleak picture of the future of our planet is worsened by careless maintenance drones accidentally replacing the orbot leader's head with a salvaged atomic bomb. The revamped orbot leader, aptly named WarHead, immediately orders (via television receivers) all the orbots on earth to stop cleaning up and start making weapons to use on the returning humans. Only one orbot, who obviously wasn't near a TV at the time, is unaffected by the new directives. That one orbot is you.... Vectorman.... and the future of the earth and the fate of humanity is in your hands. You must find and destroy the evil WarHead by following a trail of televisions around the earth.

The thing that's really striking about Vectorman is the quality of the graphics. I don't believe I have ever seen a character move so smoothly on a 16-bit machine as the lead character does in this game. Sound quality is slightly above average for this type of game.

The game itself is pretty much what you'd expect from a scrolling arcade style game. The action is fast and unrelenting. It's a bit like Sonic the Hedgehog, except you don't jump over obstacles like Sonic does, you obliterate them with your "weapon du jour". You don't roll up into a ball and bowl over your enemies like Sonic, you morph into a bomb and explode everything in sight. In fact, you can morph into a power drill, a dune buggy, a jet, a missile, a fish, a "dancing fool", a train and even a cricket. Each of these morphs will be particularly useful at various points in the action.

Three difficulty levels are offered for your gaming pleasure, "Lame", "Wicked" and "Insane". It is this reviewers opinion that most players will find the "Lame" level tough enough. I had difficulty even getting through the first level of "Wicked".


The two negative comments I have about this game is that you have to go through a long introduction screen to start the game and there is no continue or password option.

One feature which is unique about Vectorman is that selected cartridges have been programmed to provide the gamer with a passcode and phone number to call when they finish the game. Lucky gamers can win a Sega Saturn, $10,000 or a grand prize of $25,000. Sega has informed Coming Soon Magazine that the Grand Prize has been won, but there are still several unclaimed $10,000 prizes and many Saturn prizes left to claim. The contest is open till the end of June, 1996.


In North America:

Sega of America Inc.,
255 Shoreline Drive,
2nd floor,
Redwood City, CA 94065

In Europe:

In UK:

Sega Europe Ltd.,
247 Cromwell Road,
London SW5 9GA




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