Vectorman

a game by Blue Sky Productions
Genre: Platformer
Platform: Sega GenesisGenesis
Editor Rating: 7.9/10, based on 4 reviews, 6 reviews are shown
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 1 vote
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See also: Vectorman Games

Vectorman is a series of games from the 90s, developed by BlueSky Software and launched by Sega. The game was released in the autumn of 1995 and was available for Sega Mega Drive/Genesis in the beginning. The game was made available in Europe one month after it has been released in the United States.

Due to its popularity level in the 90s, the game has been continuously worked on and is today available on PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, and is part of the Sonic Gems Collection for the Nintendo GameCube. The game was launched for Nintendo Wii in 2007 in Japan, and in the same year, but two months later, in Europe. The version for the United States was made available 7 months after the first release. PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 are three other platforms that can run sequels of the first version of Vectorman.

The story follows the main character in the year 2049, when the human population of Earth starts to colonize other planets. "Orbots" remain to clean their mess from the Earth, but they end up being controlled by an evil Orbot. Warhead, an Orbot which accidentally has a nuclear missile attached, becomes an evil dictator and declares himself ruler of Earth. He is set to kill every human returning to the home planet.

Now is the time for Vectorman, another Orbot, to enter the stage. He lands on Earth and finds war and chaos, and restoring peace on the planet becomes his mission throughout the game.

The first version of the game used pre-rendered 3D models. There was a computer-generated feel in the game, which continued in the sequels. The game is only a 2D action platformer, with Vectorman being powered with a ball gun in his hand. He is able to use multiple weapons in the game. He also has the ability to transform thanks to powerups. He can transform into a drill (for cutting floors), a bomb (to destroy enemies or walls) or an aquatic form (for swimming).

The game has a total of 16 levels, and all of them need to be passed in order for the game to be finished. In three different levels, the main character has to fight with bosses, and Vectorman can transform into unique morphed forms.

Not only the critics rated the game as excellent, but Vectorman was a hit on the market as well. The game was awarded the Best Sega Mega Drive Game award in 1995 by Electronic Gaming Monthly. Vectorman's design was mainly praised, but also the soundtrack. Not only the game was fairly popular back then, it is also popular today. For example, GameSpot PlayStation 2 players rated the game with an overall of 9 out of 10.

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Genesis

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

  • Manufacturer: Sega
  • Machine: Genesis

In what is expected to be Sega's biggest title for the Genesis this Christmas, Vectorman, a disjointed but crafty hero overcomes great obstacles to eventually save the day. From what we've seen, there are sure to be some jaws dropping from the smooth animation and the rich, creative graphics involved. It seems likely with Sega's reputation for great game play, we can expect at least one strong title for the Genesis this Christmas.

If you plan to shelve your Genesis for the newer, sleeker Saturn, hold on. Vectorman is fast and fun, and it'll torch your thumbs for days to come. This game rocks!

Vector Victorius

From the moment you take control of this ballsy character, your jaw will hang open in amazement at what Vectorman does with the 16-bit Genesis engine. This platform game comes on with great guns, a morphing hero, and diverse, well-detailed levels.

ProTips:

  • Get enemies to congregate around you, then use the one-shot destruction gun to knock out everything.
  • It's Frogger! To get out of this ribbiting level, shoot as you progress upward and be careful not to touch the pink arrows.
  • To go to a special bonus round, blow up the transceiver, and then blow up the dish above it.
  • In Stage Two, remember to jump forward and shoot. Avoid the hand by jumping while filing continually to destroy it

The story line is simple: On a futuristic Earth, humans have abandoned their homes because of the pollution. They leave behind "orbots" to clean up the mess, and an orbot named Raster accidentally gets attached to a nuclear weapon and becomes "Warhead." This new orbot wants to welcome back the humans a little differently than they hoped -- with worldwide nuclear chaos.

Another orbot named Vectorman has just returned from a sludge dump on the sun, and he wants to restore things to status quo. His battle to return Earth to the humans takes him through 15 levels, including a gorgeous polar level and an equally stunning underwater stage.

Be careful when you spot these pesky dragonflles. They appear in swarms, usually in groups of five, and they hide until destroyed.

Armed to the Titanium Teeth

Vectorman is armed with a standard laser shot, but he quickly discovers other weapons, including a rapid-fire laser cannon and a three-way shot. One-ups, power- ups, and health-ups give you much-needed muscle. Vector- man also has the ability to morph into other objects -- a drill, a race car, a bomb, and so on.

Since weapon selection is automatic, control is a breeze. You simply shoot and jump. The only difficulty is the number of enemies that come rushing at you every second.

  • Special morphing icons must be used in the immediate vicinity. Look around and choose a path before you grab it.
  • These angler fish are hard to find but full of goodies.

Cape Sphere

The graphics are the game's best feature. The rendered Vectorman is generously drawn, with light and shadow created carefully on his form. This is especially evident when he shoots his gun.

All enemies follow a sphere theme, from the bulbous polar bear in Stage Two to the miniature ball men in Stage Seven. Everything, including the backgrounds, is eye candy. The sound is a treat for the ears. Clear explosions rock your TV speakers, and the other sound effects, like the ricochet of bullets on steel, are amazing. The music is techno at its worst, but it's still pretty good.

Drawbacks? Two-player simultaneous action would have been sweet, but that's like asking Cod to put another color in a great sunset. Some of the bonus rounds are weak, and some of the levels are painfully difficult, but the challenge is what makes this game great.

Great Ball Game

These few inconsistencies don't even make a dent in this otherwise awesome game. If you're looking for fast action, fantastic scenery, and rewarding gameplay, Vectorman has the balls you're looking for.

The first boss is a breeze -- just keep shooting the bomb hatch while it's open.

About to get rid of that Genesis in favor of a next-generation system? Don't act too rashly, kid, or you just might miss one of the coolest 16-bit games to be released this year--a thoroughly fun cart by the name of Vectorman.

If you've been put off by the host of bland platform games that seem to be some programmer's idea of a a joke, then Vectorman will come as a surprise. You are Vectorman, the "orbot" savior of Earth, and you must attempt to destroy Warhead, the evil robot dictator of the planet. Vectorman features some of the hottest graphics seen to date on the Genesis with a ton of neat tricks to keep you involved in playing the game.

The variety and ingenuity displayed in this game is nothing short of breathtaking. If developers keep on pumping stuff like this out, then it'll be a cold day in hell before 16-bit gaming is dead and buried.

Vectorman is the name of Sega's newest platform hero, an "orbot" with nothing less than the fate of the world resting on his shoulders. The setting is Earth in the mid-21 st century. Humanity has left the planet due to widespread pollution and a legion of "orbots" has been charged with cleaning the planet for mankind's eventual return. As luck would have it, the supreme orbot goes nuts and declares himself Warhead, scourge of humanity. Vectorman, fresh from a garbage run to the Sun, is the only orbot free of his evil influence and he must destroy Warhead before humanity returns and Warhead carries out his genocidal agenda.

Featuring some of the hottest graphics ever to see the light of day on Sega's 16-bit platform, Vectorman is guaranteed to set the blood of platform addicts a-boilin'. It features a new sort of animation dubbed "vectorpiece" which allows Vectorman to morph into a variety of different shapes and still be animated at 60 fps. Features such as shading and lens flare used in like Earthworm Jim are also featured in the game, which has tons of exciting and gorgeous levels for your eyes to feast on. As a bonus for all you poor (but skilled) gamers out there, youll have a chance to compete in Sega's Vectorman contest, in which the first person to complete the game gets $25,000 smackers! That's a lot of cabbage, pal!

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Sega Genesis/Mega Drive Screenshots