Red Zone (video game)

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Red Zone
Red Zone cover.jpg
North American cover art
Developer(s) Zyrinx
Publisher(s) Time Warner Interactive
Designer(s) Mikael Balle
Jesper Vorsholt Jørgensen
Composer(s) Jesper Kyd
Platform(s) Genesis/Mega Drive
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Top-down shooter
Mode(s) Single-player

Red Zone is a video game developed by Zyrinx and published by Time Warner Interactive in 1994 for the Sega Genesis console.

A pre-release version of this game - Hardwired - has been deemed by the (now defunct) developer as publicly distributable.[2][3]

The game used a number of technologies that were not prevalent at the time on the Genesis/Mega Drive.


Electronic Gaming Monthly determined that the game is difficult to get used to, particularly its top-down perspective, but that the number of usable weapons and missions are impressive and "Both the combat and aerial sequences are innovative and enjoyable". They scored it a 6.8 out of 10.[4] GamePro, while commenting that the helicopter handling and graphical intro are impressive, concluded that the poor controls when maneuvering characters on the ground effectively kill any potential enjoyment.[5]


  1. ^ a b Red Zone at GameFAQs
  2. ^ Nick Gibson (September 1, 2006). "Developer's Den: Zyrinx". Retrieved September 28, 2010. In a move that was certainly unorthodox at the time, Zyrinx [released] the beta of Red Zone into the public domain 
  3. ^ "Freeware Genesis ROMs". Eidolon's Inn. Retrieved 28 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Review Crew: Red Zone". Electronic Gaming Monthly (65) (EGM Media, LLC). December 1994. p. 44. 
  5. ^ "ProReview: Red Zone". GamePro (66) (IDG). January 1995. p. 48. 

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