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Written by ST Graveyard

November 3, 2001


Return to Genesis is the one game I was never able to play on my Atari STe. Don't ask me why, probably a faulty disc. Too bad, cause it's a great game. Created by Pete Lyon and Steve Bak ("The Dream Team"Smiley, this game could be called the true follow up to "Goldrunnner". All the features that made "Goldrunner" so cool are implemented, together with some new touches to create a completely different gaming experience. But is it as fun as it's predecessor? let's find out!


The game doesn't look nearly as good as "Goldrunner". The game screen is very small. We only have about half a screen where the action takes part. But on the bright side, we get parallax scrolling, and it is just a fast and fluently as in "Goldrunner". And the ship turns in the same stylish way as his golden counterpart. Each level has its own design and they all look very colorful.


A great soundtrack from David Whittaker (one of the most influential game soundtrack developers ever) combined with creepy sound samples!


"Return to Genesis" is a different kind of shoot 'em up. It is best described as an ultra fast "Defender" clone. It takes a while to get the hang of it. The key is to go as fast as you can... Constantly!

It is your job to save all the hostages in the level. Once you managed to do that, your mission is complete and you move on to the next one. But watch out. There are enemy craft that will do anything to prevent you from accomplishing your goal. The further you progress, the more of them you'll meet, and the faster they will shoot. Luckily for you, your ship is a lot faster, so when you can't shoot 'em, it's pretty easy to avoid them!

Within each level, lots of obstacles are scattered around. Once you hit them, your ship will be bounced in the opposite direction. This can get very frustrating, but on the other hand, it gives the game this strange pinball feeling. A nice touch indeed!


"Return to Genesis" is a fun game. Not is polished as "Goldrunner", but definitely worth a try for every shoot 'em up fan. A friend can also join in. In 2 Player mode you'll have to wait turns and try and progress as far in the game as you can!

  • Graphics: 6
  • Sound: 8
  • Gameplay: 8
  • Overall: 7

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Zone Warrior

February 12, 2023 by AtariCrypt

Once again, pesky aliens are giving us Earthlings lots of grief. We previously fought them off but they managed to pinch a time machine so are using that to alter history and wreak havoc by taking crucial hostages from each period in an attempt to halt their influence. From the invention of the wheel in prehistoric times to England's King Arthur uniting Britain! And where would any of us be today without Japan and its technical wizardry? Yep, we cannot allow this - the fight is on!

Son Shu Shi

March 21, 2021 by ST Graveyard

What an accomplishment this game is. Created with such a small team, the result is really amazing. The game oozes creative passion. While the gameplay is really well balanced, it is a tough cookie, very hard from time to time with its moments of sheer frustration. As of level 3, timing becomes key. You will need to practice and learn the levels to complete this game, there are so many bad guys on screen it sometimes gets a bit hard to take.

Blood Money

April 4, 2020 by Morcar

Graphically, it's also nice on the eyes with well-defined graphics and animation. You really get the feeling that the developers put some thought and love into the game. Remember what I said about the large levels? Well these are wonderful and are very different to each other, they also scroll fairly smooth in all four directions.

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