Demon Dinosaurs, also known as Dino Racer, was a bizarre racing game similar to Outrun in development by Codemasters around 1994 for the Sega Genesis / Mega Drive. Bizarre I said because it was set in prehistorik age and the racers were cave men and dinosaurs. It is unknown why the game was never released.
Thanks to Youloute for the Mega Force article. Scan from Mega Console issue 6 and Mega Force issue 29.
Crusader of Centy (AKA Soleil in Europe/Ragnacenty in Japan) is an action rpg developed by Nextech and published by SEGA in 1994. A beta build of the game with many layout and objects placement differences is freely available on the internet. We don’t know exactly when it was released, because it’s a very old dump. Let’s have a quick look at some of the changes made:
This is the first scene of game. We can immediately see the different HUD and the absence on the drawer of both the sword and the buckler. In the beta the former is already in hero’s possession, while the latter is nowhere to be found. The small kid’s hair became red.
When Sega presented their quirky Activator add-on controller, they shown two games meant to be pack-in for the peripheral. One was Bounty Hunter while the other was an air drum simulation called, guess what, Air Drums. Both games however were cancelled.
Boo! is a cancelled platform game that was in development by Micropose for the Super Nintendo, Genesis / Mega Drive and Amiga in 1994. As we can read on the website of Boo!’s producer Stuart Whyte:
Designed by Richard Lemarchand, Boo! was a side on platformer inspired by Sonic and Mario, we wanted to create a universe with the central character being a cool ghost called Boo who’s default method of attack was to shout “Boo!” at an enemy to scare him away. Working with Keith Scoble (from Cosgrove Hall and creator of Jamie and the Magic Torch and Dangermouse) we built a great game… but unfortunately, due to rocky financial times at Microprose, we never had the money to release – so the game has been lost in time
You can find more info and screens in this article by SNES Central!
Joe & Mac is a platform game originally released in 1991 for the arcades by Data East. It was later ported for various consoles, as the SNES and Mega Drive / Genesis. Rod_Wod sent us some screens from a version of Joe & Mac for the Mega Drive / Genesis that seems to be different from the released one (a simple port of the Arcade version).
For example the background of this boss from the magazine scan:
Looks different from the one in the final game:
Could those screens in the magazine be from a beta version, or a different / cancelled Joe & Mac? We have not finished the final game, so we are not sure. If you have finished Joe & Mac and recognize those images, please let us know!
Sparkster is a platform game developed by Konami and released for Genesis in 1994. It is the sequel of the well-known Rocket Knight Adventures.
Below we can see some beta screenshots of the first and the second stage. In particular, originally the background of the wood section of the former was the sea and not the trees found in the final version. Sparkster’s portrait in the HUD was changed too.
City Heroes is a cancelled beat ‘em up that was in development by korean Samsung Electronics for the Sega Mega Drive / Genesis. Thanks to an article at Hardcore Gaming 101, we can read that the game was almost finished, but sadly because of some problems with the country’s censorship system, City Heroes was never released.
Bounty Hunter is a cancelled (?) beat ‘em up that was in development for the Sega Genesis / Mega Drive. In the game you would have take the role of Garrot, a bounty hunter in the year 2397. You had to travel to four different fantasy realms to neutralize the evil dwellers beating them up using your own fists and feet through Sega’s Activator. In fact Bounty Hunter was planned to be packed with the quirky Sega’s device but in the end it doesn’t seem to ever be released.
The Swamp Thing is a cancelled action / platform game that was developed for the Sega Genesis / Mega Drive by Nuvision, the same team behind the unreleased Bean Ball Benny. There is a Nes title with the same name, created by Imagineering Inc, but it is a different game.
As we can read from the Sega Age Forums ,in november 2010 a proto of The Swamp Thing was released to the community:
The game is unique to say the least. In this side scrolling 2D platformer, you travel around as Swamp Thing while taking out baddies intent on destroying the environment. During the game, you are able to take the form of various objects (like a leaf, log, and apple) to help you in keeping the forest clean.
This game was displayed at a CES show, and for one reason or another, was never finished or released. This proto locks up at the end of the first level, but it gives you a great idea of what the game would have looked like.
You can download the leaked ROM from the Sega Age Forum!
Pinky is a platform game developed by Data Design Systems and published by Millenium for Amiga in 1995. Tengen was supposed to publish the Genesis / Mega Drive and Game Gear versions in 1994 but , as far as we know, they never did. Probably because in 1995 the market for those Sega platforms was dying and cartridge based business was very risky. A couple of articles were found in old Sega Pro magazines by Rod_Wod.