Asterix and the Great Rescue

  • Developer: Sega
  • Genre: Arcade/Action
  • Originally on: GameGear (1994)
  • Works on: PC, Windows
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Game Overview


Will Rome never fall? First Asterix took the Empire by storm on the Genesis. Now the pintsize warrior battles imperialism on the Game Gear in Asterix and the Great Rescue, a rollicking one-player Strategy/Adventure game from Sega. And his task couldn't be tougher — Asterix's countless hidden enemies, puzzling pathways, and perilous pits of fire give your wits and your fists a serious workout. It's also mighty entertaining, thanks to the antics of Asterix and friends, the razor-sharp graphics, and a passel of Gallic tunes.

Asterix Vs. The Empire

It's 50 B.C., and the Romans have conquered all of Gaul except for your village. What's a loyal countryman to do? Quite a bit, as it turns out. As you progress through Asterbd s 30 incredibly diverse levels, you must punch out imperial sentries, ascend invisible stairs, hitch rides on jellyfish, discover the catapult, and stay clear of Romans bearing gifts, among many other things. Four magic potions that you find along the way can help you out, but you have to know when to use them. And you usually have to fight off an enemy or two just to reach the potions.

Of course, one man can hardly be expected to conquer Rome on his own — especially such a tiny guy. That's where Asterix's bot-tom-heavy sidekick, Obelix, comes into play. His talents are moving heavy objects and smashing barriers to bits. You have to play as both characters to win the game, and it's up to you to decide when to switch from one to the other. Think size.

Even with two heroes, this game is extremely tough. You'll be grateful for the password that you get after completing each level—and for the option to play on Easy mode.

Rome Wasn't Leveled In A Day

A word to the wise: When in doubt, wait. Take a moment to sniff out enemies in your path, especially those that appear and disappear at intervals. Before moving to a lower level, for example, wait for an arrow to fly by, then jump and run for it before another arrow is shot. And before dying to overtake that dangerous bunny, get a feel for its scampering range. Remember, there's no time limit, and taking an unnecessary hit is positively Gauling.

Asterix Or Obelix?

So you know that you have to play as both characters to win the game. But which character when? A quick inventory of their talents should help you decide. (To switch characters, press Up and Button 2 at the same time.)

You have to dash when the spikes recede —Asterix is your man.

Asterix can squeeze himsell down to size when the ceiling is low.

Only Asterix can use potions.

You need Obelix's brawn to move these barrels.

Obelix has the brute force to roll the steel ball.

When in doubt Play as Asterix. You never know when you'll need to break into a run.

Obelix can pound through blue walls. Hold down Button 2 to wind up his swing, then release.

Tiptoe Through The Tulips

To help you get deeper into Level 3, we're giving you a guided tour of the first sublevel. Just two more tips: make use of all the plant life in this forest, and collect all the potions. You don't need them to get out of the woods, but they'll come in handy later.

Use the blue flower as a stepping stone. Be careful— it sinks when you land on it. Then hop up the cliff.

Jump here for some flower power.

The third flower holds a double dose of fire bomb potion.

But you don't need that fire bomb here — an uppercut takes care of the guard.

Knock out this woodpecker before you descend to the next branch. He's throwing arrows down there!

Another fire bomb potion awaits you. Watch your step to the left.

Go out on a limb for an extra life.

Summon you-know-who to knock down the wall and pick up the diamonds behind it.

Leap over the killer bunny to grab the end-of-level potion. You're home free.

Hot Hints


  1. If you come up against a barrier, search for a key to grab or a pad to jump on.
  2. Don't linger on the clouds. They dissolve quickly.
  3. Always watch out for spikes overhead and underfoot. Sometimes they recede and reemerge.
  4. Some platforms disappear or fall, but they always come back if you walk away and then return.
  5. Snag every potion. None of them will poison you.
  6. Banging your head on a ceiling doesn't count as a hit, but it can slam you out of control on the way down.
  7. You can't fire-bomb small animals.
  8. Vanquished enemies stay that way if you retrace your steps.
  9. Watch the demo of Level 2 at the front end of the game for more strategy tips.

Drink Me

Magic potions are essential to your progress. They let you take shortcuts, evade some enemies, and knock out others. Your inventory can hold three doses of each potion at a time. If you waste those fire bombs or clouds, just retrace your steps and pick up another triple dose.

Other Power-Ups

The Mega power-up lets you jump in big bursts and also protects you against fire. Drink from the chalice to restore your health completely, chow down on a turkey to recover from one damage hit, and grab a heart for an extra life. But don't get too excited — the one-ups are few and far between.

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System Requirements

Processor: PC compatible, SystemP-100

OS: Win9xWindows 9x, Windows 2000 WinXPWindows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.

Game Features:Asterix and the Great Rescue supports single modeSingle game mode

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