Forgotten Worlds

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a game by Capcom, and Sega
Genres: Action, Shooting Games
Platforms: Sega GenesisGenesis, Sega Master SystemSega Master System
Editor Rating: 8.1/10, based on 7 reviews
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 1 vote
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See also: Shoot-Them-Up
Forgotten Worlds
Forgotten Worlds
Forgotten Worlds
Forgotten Worlds

Blast through the stratosphere to the Forgotten Worlds of the 29th Century. In ancient times human beings ruled this desolate planet, but cold wars, organized crime, nuclear war and an invasion by fiendish aliens turned Earth into the Dust Planet. Now humans are the miserable slaves of a predatory alien race and its evil leader, the War Tyrant. Hope was all but lost until a group of human beings secretly raised two small boys, training them to be valiant warriors. Now you or you and a friend, become these warriors-the Nameless Ones. Armed with a satellite, a gun, and the ability to levitate and fly through the air you set out to battle through the strange worlds of the Dust Planet. Destroy the alien race and their weapons and prepare for the final battle with the War Tyrant!

Battle Through Three Worlds

Your quest begins on the Dust Planet at the outskirts of a devastated city. Reptilian Thugs zoom out trying to skewer you with their razor sharp spears. Spider creatures, the Spydrobots, creep along the ground and spit fire balls. It takes more than a couple of shots to stop these arachnoid robots. They'll keep creeping even after repeated blastings.

ProTip: Remember to grab all of the Zenny coins you can when you destroy your different enemies. Then you can stop in at Mirabella's Store, when it appears on each level. Buy extra lives, health, and the other special items you'll need to defeat your deadly foes.

Next, you'll find yourself fighting through a tunnel filled with gun turrets, grinding gears, and pipes that shoot out streams of deadly fiery gases. Watch out for a horrible creature known as the Paramecium who tries to incinerate you with his fiery breath.

Position yourself to the left of the Paramecium and blast him repeatedly in the blowhole.

Make it to the Doomed Harbor and you're ambushed by more Reptilian Thugs and slimy indestructible Zipper Worms. The deadly Dust Dragon lurks in the dark waters of the harbor.

Destroy the Dust Dragon and gain passage into the fortress of the Iron Warlord.

  • The Napalm Bomb makes short work of the Dust Dragon. Shoot him right in the heart.
  • Use the Napalm Bomb to blast the Iron Warlord in the shoulders. He's easy to finish oil as long as you avoid his mighty arms.

The Pyramid of Terror

Next, you travel to a futuristic Egyptian world where you'll face many dangers including the soldiers of Rah, the Sun Czar. Glyphs shoot arrows at you and Wolf-Faces fire deadly blue suns. Watch out for the laser arrows that shoot out of the bricks and stones in the pyramid walls.

The clock starts ticking from the moment the aliens appear in each level. Make it to the end of the level before the clock stops, and you'll earn bonus points and extra Zenny.

It's a fight to the death and beyond with the terrible Sphinx. Even if you destroy the Sphinx, this enemy resurrects as a deadly centipede whose only vulnerable spot is its eye. Choose an upward or a downward path in the pyramid by shooting the appropriate pillars that come out of the mask of the Sphinx. The tunnels in the upward path of the pyramid are filled with falling rocks and debris. In the lower tunnels you'll have to fight and dodge pulsating blobs and rotating pods that try to zap you with electric shocks.

Take the downward paths in the pyramid and destroy the electric pods that hold large coins worth 10,000 Zenny.

The final confrontation in the pyramid pits you against Ymesketit, a monster who's literally falling apart and you've got to destroy him piece by piece.

The Cosmic World

Soar through the clouds to do battle with a host of evil beings in this strange ethereal world. Small dragons fly through the sky and over the snow-capped mountain tops. Avoid the fireballs hurled by Double Men who appear out of thin air. Watch for a giant bully who pops his head up through the clouds and spits his teeth at you! Dodge the bullets of the shogun-like warriors and head for the Temple of Ice to do battle with the Iceman! You'll have to melt down this mass of ice crystals to get past him!

Now, the War Tyrant is within reach. All you have to do is fight your way up the Tower of Dread! Along the way you'll have to splatter large snail-like creatures that ooze down the walls and leap out at you. Barricades explode from the sides of the tower to block your path. Dodge the enemy homing missiles launched from wall-mounted cannons. At the top of the tower the War Tyrant waits. He'll leap off his throne to finish you off, and he's practically invincible. But you're the Nameless One, and you're sure to be victorious in the end. You won't forget Forgotten Worlds.

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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.

Sega Master System

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

Destined to be the Ghouls and Ghosts of Genesis shoot-em-ups! This title is perfectly suited for the Genesis, with full-screen Bosses, scrolling background scenery, and an onslaught of enemy creations that leave your free time to a minimum and keep your guns blazing.

Either one or two players can participate simultaneous, joining forces to eliminate the alien infestation with brute strength! A fabulous shooter!

  • Levels: 8
  • Theme: Shooter
  • Players: 1
  • Difficulty: Hard

The world is under the influence of an alien invasion in a post-nuclear war scene. You'll need to fly through the terrains blasting aliens and purchasing weapons to get to the evil ruler.

Forgotten Worlds Deluxe is the sequel to the popular arcade game, Forgotten Worlds. This side scrolling shooters has been made into CD form, and is going to be one of the first titles that will be available for the Super CD-Rom. The controls are the same as the original title, but, besides enhancing the graphics and audio, they have added some new and unique options and lengthened the game with new levels.

  • Number of Levels: 6
  • Theme: Shooter
  • Difficulty: Average
  • Number of Players: 1 or 2
  • Available: December '89


Blasting its way straight from the arcades and onto the Genesis comes the virtual carbon-copy translation of one of the most fierce video firefights ever to hit the screen.

In this one or two-player simultaneous shoot-em-up, you command two of the meanest super soldiers who are both outfitted with hover suits that let you fly high over land, a primary weapon (laser rifle) and a special drone ship that follows your every move and helps supplement your laser blasts with even more powerful options that range from a flamethrower, to a particle beam, to an eight-way multi-shot.

You must face a horde of alien opponents that include rival hover troops and other organisms, as well as laser-firing hardware and massive obstacles that must be blown away to pass.

  • LEVEL ONE - The first stage of battle is set against a destroyed city.
  • LEVEL TWO - Take on new aliens in the air and over the water.
  • LEVEL THREE - Blast your way toward the Warlord in dual scroll.
  • LEVEL FOUR - Enter the Egyptian Worlds and the Lair of Cleopatra.
  • LEVEL FIVE - The environment turns to snow and forests - can you survive?
  • LEVEL SIX - The final round changes to a vertical scroll and even more action.


Use your powers against the six Bosses of the Forgotten Worlds! Be prepared, however, because some of these alien nasties will transform into even more powerful foes!


As you travel through the Forgotten Worlds, you can stop at the shops that will suddenly appear out of nowhere! In these establishments you can purchase new weapons, armor, continues and information. Later levels of play have even more attractive power-ups so remember to spend your Zenny wisely!


  • Cow = 10,000 Zenny
  • Pow = More Health
  • Barrel = More Health
  • Yashi = One Continue
  • Type: Shooter
  • Levels of Play: 6
  • Difficulty: Avg.

The second Capcom-licensed arcade title on the Genesis (the first was Ghouls 'n' Ghosts), Forgotten Worlds introduces you to different lands filled with alien bad guys and Bosses that are even badder!

As you progress over the dual-scrolling playfields, you must destroy the countless attackers. Some release Zenny coins that can be picked up and used in shops to buy better weapons and defenses. Detailed intermissions screens are also used to chart you progress and explain the story.

People say:


Forgotten Worlds is another pixel-perfect arcade translation from Sega. Although the movements of your characters (A and C rotate you left and right) in this 2-player combo title is awkward at first, the superb graphics, detailed attackers, and hard-hitting game play make this one a winner.


There have been many attempts at two player games. A true two-player game should be impossible to beat in a one-player mode, that type of game is finally here and it offers excellent detail, smooth scrolling, and an ending that is so intense that the Genesis can't keep up with the action.


An excellent translation of the arcade game, with awesome graphics and sounds bringing the battles to life! The controls are awkward at first, but once you get used to them, blasting the enemy aliens becomes second-nature. Lots of weapons, lots of targets, lots of fun!


Forgotten Worlds is fantastic! This is one of the best games yet to be seen for the Genesis, and undoubtedly one of the best shooters ever made for any system. Tons of stuff to interact with, great graphics and sounds, and intense shoot, shoot, shoot, are this cart's high points!

Hot on the heels of the truly incredible Ghouls and Ghosts, Sega brings us another Capcom favorite that mirrors the arcade version practically dot for dot!

In a far off galaxy you and a friend set out to take on an entire alien army above and below a variety of high-res landscapes. Collect the Zenny (the intergalactic currency) that's left behind when the bad guys bite the dust and buy your way to higher firepower!

Forgotten Worlds sets out to duplicate the coin-op original with dual scrolling, end Bosses that fill the entire screen, and a relentless enemy invasion that introduces one of the deadliest alien armadas you'll ever have to face!

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