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Asterix in Egypt [Beta – Sega Master System]

Asterix in Egypt is an action / platform game that was published for the Sega Master System based on the the french Asterix comics. In some old magazines we can see a lot of beta screenshots, with vairous graphic differences from the final version!

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Thanks to Icecaap and Lamoscato for the contribution!

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Crusader of Centy (Soleil) [Beta – Genesis / Mega Drive]

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.

The beta inventory. 

Loose [Saturn – Cancelled]

Loose is a cancelled RPG / roguelike that was in development by Easy Computer System for the Sega Saturn. The game would have been published by Sierra Pioneer, but something went wrong and the project was canned before being finished. There are not more info on Loose, but Yakumo was able to find some screenshot in an old japanese magazine and shared them in the Assembler Forum. From the look of the screens, the gameplay could have been similar to the Fushigi no Dungeon / Mystery Dungeon series.

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Flying Aces [32X/Saturn – Cancelled]

Flying Aces is a cancelled flight simulator / shooter set in the first World War, that was originally in development by Rocket Science Games for the Sega 32 X in 1994 / 1995. As we can read in GamePro #68 (thanks to Celine for the scan!), the gameplay was depicted with live action FMV and included multiple views from both inside and outsite the aircraft.

Only few screenshots remain from the 32X project and when the Sega Add-On was already dead, it seems that RSG tried to port the game to the  Saturn (scan from Cd Consoles #4), without any luck. Neither version of Flying Aces was ever released.

Unfortunately, while some Rocket Science’s games were critically acclaimed, none of them did particularly well financially, and unable to secure additional funding, RSG was forced to close down in 1997. [Info from Wikipedia]

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