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An evil tyrant Greedy has arisen to control a solar system full of sentient beings. He Corrupts the leaders of each world and thereby enslaves the populace. He has sent his minions in the disguise of planet natives into the worlds to enforce his rule...

A lush forest planet, the last planet in the tyrants agenda manages to send a call of help to the solar systems ancient hero before being over run. However Greedy even has managed to remove the great hero. Yet he did not count on the interference of the hero's sun... Ristar!

Customer reviews


Forgotten but still great.

asiersua | Oct. 9, 2013 | See all asiersua's reviews »

For all those who played the original Mario Bros. and/or Sonic games, this one will be a blast to try. The gameplay is quite similar, and the graphics are just the same (it was released back in the 16-bit era, it's no surprise). You'll find this title charming in its own way, and now that you can play it from your PC it's even more accessible than having to change cartridges on a console. Besides, it's really cheap, so what are you waiting for?


One of my all time favorite platform games!

Numbi | Sept. 13, 2013 | See all Numbi's reviews »

Ristar was released back when Sonic was all the rage and for whatever reason never received the recognition that it deserved. I actually picked up my original copy from a second hand sale and played it right up until the dusty 16bit console made way for my shiny new Playstation.

Unfortunately somewhere between all the moving around I lost my original cartridge so to say I was pleased when the game was released in digital format for PC would be an understatement. Playing the game again felt like slipping on a comfortable pear of shoes and I found myself humming along to all the familiar tunes. Since I have played the game so much I cannot really tell if it is difficult or not as I have become frightfully good at it (if I do say so myself.) What it is though is one heck of a fun platform title that should not be overlooked. This is one of few titles that rank right up there with Earthworm Jim and Sonic on my list of all time favorites.


A great classic from 1995

mugaro | May 22, 2013 | See all mugaro's reviews »

From the genesis/SNES era on the Sega Genesis, this is a classic platformer. The formula in the 90s for these games was Act 1, Act 2, Boss fight. You've got your standard green grass area to start, the water level, fire level, ice level and then a music level to differentiate from the standard formula and finally a mech/robot level before you fight the final boss's right hand man part 1, part 2, then the final boss.

The music is great, you gotta love the 16 bit chiptune music. The controls are simple 2D stuff, left/right, jump, grab. What separates this from Sonic or Super Mario is the giant glove hands. You smash into enemies to kill them and can also climb up walls, ride stuff, and occasionally find these poles that you can swing around and shoot up fly for a little bit. There are bonus areas to be found for prizes, but they don't contribute a lot.

There's difficulty settings, but the only difference is how much health you start with per level. You lose a star of HP for every hit you take, on normal you start out with 4 stars so you can take 4 hits before dying. Extra lives can be found also.

It's a shame they didn't make this into a franchise like Mario or Sonic, this game had a lot of potential but came out at the end of the Sega Genesis era. Great game though.


Ignored for all the wrong reasons

DeweyDTruman | Feb. 8, 2013 | See all DeweyDTruman's reviews »

Ristar is possibly the best game on the Sega Genesis that didn't feature a blue hedgehog. However, thanks to it's release date (1995, when the Playstation had already come and the Saturn and Nintendo 64 were on their way) and, well, the fact that it didn't star a blue hedgehog, not many people paid it mind at its release. Which is a shame, considering how fresh it feels.

Ristar is a platformer with a focus on using extremely long, bendy arms to reach out to enemies and ladders to progress. The levels are stunning to look at, even moreso to listen to. Ristar also manages to do the impossible, and makes a water level that not only isn't frustrating to play, but is actually better than most of the land based levels. All of which feel fresh. There's little to no overlap, with levels ranging from your usual grassy forest, to a snowy landscape, to a world based on music, and more.

Alas, Ristar is doomed to never really get another chance to be in the limelight. His appearance as the flagwaver in Sonic and All Stars Racing: Transformed is probably the biggest role he's had in fifteen years, and probably the biggest he will receive for another fifteen. If you've never seen him headbutting his enemies into submission, you should definitely try to look it up, or better yet play it for yourself.


A lost gem

Scorpy | Jan. 14, 2013 | See all Scorpy's reviews »

Ristar, made by the Sonic Team, is very similar to Sonic. The design and music is similar, but its gameplay is where it breaks from Sonic. The gameplay is fluid, complex, well paced and unique. The mechanics are fresh, even today, and the style is pretty cool.

Ristar is one of the best games to come out on Genesis and it really tanked and never recovered. Hopefully this leads to more people discovering this great lost gem.