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a game by Micronet
Genres: Flying, Shooting Games
Platform: Sega GenesisGenesis
Editor Rating: 7/10, based on 4 reviews
User Rating: 9.0/10 - 2 votes
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  • Machine: Genesis
  • Number of Levels: 5
  • Theme: Shooter
  • Difficulty: Average
  • Number of Players: 1


The Genesis is fast shaping up to be one of the hottest game systems around, partially due to the incredible games it plays. Shooters, in particular, have been rendered especially well, with Thunder Force 2 testifying to the fact.

The first true side-scrolling shooter to appear since Thunder Force 2, INTV Corporation's CURSE invites you to enter an all new world filled with scrolling alien backgrounds and powerful enemy ships.

The action in Curse is broken up into five different levels. Although the layout of each level is determined by the background obstacles, the wide cast of attacking vehicles definitely adds to the challenge. Power-ups increase the available types of weaponry, and large Boss characters, capable of withstanding an incredible number of hits, divide each level of play.


The alien war bird is the first super enemy you'll encounter. As he flies up and down, the bird shoots multi-colored feathers in every direction! Dodge or shoot these to get a shot at the bird!


Pairs of snakes appear at the conclusion of the second level. These monsters must be hit repeatedly to eliminate them. Four sets of snakes appear before the round ends.


This strange creature lumbers out at the end of the third round. A long arm fires a spread of shots while the vulnerable underside remains exposed. Strike at this point and avoid the bullets.

In addition to the Curse fighter's normal weapons, there is a special super shot that destroys all enemy ships on the screen at once! Only one smart bomb blast can be used per ship per round, however, so use them wisely!

There are seven special power-up options that appear in containers that float onto the screen. By retrieving these power-ups in succession (changing your weapon lowers its effectiveness), the fighter becomes more powerful!

  • W - Wave Shot - A barrage of power is released in a wave-like fashion!
  • V - Barrier Shot - Releases destructive shields in a spread across the screens!
  • C - Cluster Shot - Fires a single shot that explodes into multiple shots!
  • M - Missile - Adds a homing missile to the fighter's range of weapons!
  • S - Speed Up - Collecting these power-ups will upgrade your speed!
  • E - Restore - Returns lost shield energy for extra protection and hits!
  • Option Module - Can be addded to ship and rotated for directed firepower!

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Game modes: Single game mode

Player controls:

  • Up, Down, Left, Right - Arrow keys
  • Start - Enter (Pause, Menu select, Skip intro, Inventory)
  • "A" Gamepad button - Ctrl (usually Jump or Change weapon)
  • "B" button - Space (Jump, Fire, Menu select)
  • "C" button - Left Shift (Item select)

Use the F12 key to toggle mouse capture / release when using the mouse as a controller.

Game Reviews

  • Type: Shoot
  • Release: June 1990
  • Levels: 5
  • Difficulty: Avg.

An alien armada invades Earth and it's up to you to push the invaders back! Work your way through multiple levels of combat action, retrieving a selection of weapon power-ups and options, as you face an overwhelming alien opponent. Large Bosses provide round definition and the game works to a final confrontation on the alien home world.

People say:


I enjoy Curse tremendously! Even though the graphics when the ship shoots leave a lot to be desired, the action is intense beyond description. There's always a lot of activity on the screen and the different Bosses and power-ups are new appealing!


An outstanding shooter that shows off the Genesis. Beautifully-detailed background graphics with little flicker. VERY intense at times with massive amounts of enemy fire that become almost overwhelming. A good shooter well designed for the Genesis.


An excellent shooter which almost didn't make it to these shores, Curse is an exceptional side-scrolling shooter with vivid graphics and a large variety of enemy characters. The game is too short, however, and most will complete with little difficulty.


Curse is a good entry in the side-shooters, but it does have several weak points. While the graphics are outstanding in detail, they're presented in a choppy manner. The action is fast-paced, however, and shooter fans should enjoy it.

This is the type of game that the Genesis does to complete perfection! Following on the heels of another side-shooter (the even parts of Thunder Force 2), Sega dishes up an even more impressive blast-em-up loaded with power-up capsules to retrieve, bonus incentives to shoot for, and sizzling Bosses that are packed with power! We've seen it before: fly an attack craft through alien hazards^ destroying everything in sight, to reach the ultimate goal in each round. Along the way you can enhance your weapons even more! An intense shooter that looks and sounds very good!

  • Levels: 5
  • Theme: Shooter
  • Players: 1
  • Difficulty: Average

An ancient warning has finally come through, now the invaders have come to this world ready to wipe out civilization! Pilot your attack cruiser through the alien's empire to stop their plans.

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