Tinhead

a game by MicroProse Software, Inc.

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Tinhead is a video game released in 1993 for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis. The game centers around the main character, Tinhead, who needs to save the world. Grim Squidge is the villain of this platformer and needs to be defeat by our main character. Grim Squidge is a goblin who escaped from an asylum and created a spaceship to suck all the stars in the Universe. The metal-head hero was there to overcome fears and defeat all the enemies and, in the end, save the Galaxy by collecting the stars which were sucked out.

On the edge of the universe, a spaceship is sucking up all the stars. Grim Squidge is imprisoning the stars and spreading them to faraway worlds. On a nearby space station, Tinhead picks up a distress signal and leaps to the rescue. This very unique title offers some really cool features like three different angles to shoot your weapon. You use your A button to change between the different angles. You also have four different power-up suits to find. The game has somewhat of a puzzle element where you must find the star in order to be able to transport out of the level.

Manufacturer: SPECTRUM HOLOBYTE

No. of players: 1

Difficulty: MODERATE

Theme: ACTION

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Overview

Up for some galactic pest control across four wild worlds with a friendly little metal-head? Tinhead for the Genesis from Spectrum HoloByte takes you on a one-player alien-ridding journey through 24 stages. Collecting crystal globes, power-ups, and addon vehicles while extinguishing weird alien creatures, you bounce, shoot, and search your way across the edge of the galaxy. This password-save Action/Puzzle game pits Tinhead against a mad, extraterrestrial goblin in a quest to restore all the stars to the sky. Nothing major, huh?

Greedy Goblin Gambles Galaxy

Grim Squidge has stolen all the stars from the sky and trapped them in crystal globes. For laughs, he's, scattered them across four nearby worlds. If the stars aren't returned to their proper places in the sky, a massive cosmic void will swallow the galaxy. Enter our hero, Tinhead. Hearing a distress call, he battles Grim on four worlds with wild alien landscapes. The Crystal World is a geometric place M of crystalline lifeforms and toxic waste. Space Port is built entirely of marble and bizarre bronze piping, and it's populated by an army of robotic creatures. The Star Hulk is an abandoned ruin of a rusting metallic planet with twisted girders and mutants running amok. Inctec Planet is full of pyramids and crazed reptiles.

Gadgets, Hidden Rooms, And Star Search

Each of Tinheads stages has bunches of wild and wondrous gadgets scattered across the landscape to help you find hidden rooms, collect bonuses, find your Lucky Star, and locate the exits. Ride escalators, sail skyward on currents of air from massive fans, bounce on trampolines, use magnets to stick to the ceilings, launch yourself from catapults, and use your vehicles to accomplish your objectives. Use your Bounce Blaster cannon to shred your way through the opposition. Restore the stars by wending your way through each mazelike stage.

Important Items

Batteries

You start out with three Batteries (you can be hit four times before exploding). Collect Batteries to a max of five. Each time you take a hit, you lose one.

Hearts

Get one of these hard-to-find Hearts and you increase your available lives by one. Search for 'em!

Sparks

When you pick up this goodie, Tin-head's Battery charge automatically goes to it's max of five.

Shots

Tinhead gets only one Shot at the outset. Each Shot Globe collected gives him one, two, or three more Shots, to a maximum of five. The number of Shots he has determines the number of Shots that can be onscreen at a time.

Hot Hints

Hints:

  1. You can jump higher by holding the Jump Button longer. In some areas shorter duration jumps will keep you safe.
  2. Learn to use Tinhead's directional shot to take out the Baddies without putting the little metal-head in harm's way.
  3. When Paused, you can use the D-Button to scroll the screen in any direction. Do this to avoid obstacles in new regions.
  4. You are not on a timer. Be patient and collect everything in sight
  5. Tinhead can't reach some places and items without the use of vehicles. Avoid getting hit and losing the vehicle before you check out those areas.
  6. Goodies are always in the same place. As you leam a region, skip collecting items you don't yet need. Go back and get them when they will do you the most good.

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Tinhead rating

Tinhead system requirements:SystemP-100.

Systems: Win9x Windows 9x, Windows 2000 WinXPWindows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.

Game modes: Tinhead supports single modeSingle game mode

2006-04-30 Somebody must stop evil, and that somebody is named Tinhead.

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