Rocket Rescue

1993-1994 Hot-Shot Entertainments

Platforms: Commodore Amiga, PC, SEGA Mega Drive and Super Nintendo

Our next entry into the archives is a bizarre title which seems to have got around in various magazines, and across a number of platforms – each showing the same set of screenshots.


Rocket Rescue was due for release from Colchester based Hot-Shot Entertainments, and was described as an “original concept” game where you have to control a rocket ship, negotiate forcefields and weather conditions, and destroy all enemy predators.

There were plans for 100 levels, keyboard or joystick controls, Parallax scrolling, power-ups and weapons, a game save feature and digitized sound effects.

The One magazine took the piss, describing the game as sporting a “ground-breaking and unique plot whereby the player is asked to land on a planet surface and rescue a number of hostages.”.  So basically a sort of Sci-Fi Choplifter clone, and looking not too dissimilar to Apocalypse when you look at the backgrounds.

The game featured in a few magazines, in particular The One magazine and PC Action. Unseen64 however have a page on the game, which lists SEGA Mega Drive and Super Nintendo too as possible platforms. Hot-Shot Entertainments were certainly ambitious, though the same screenshots were used in every magazine.

Little else is known about the game at the moment – it disappeared pretty quickly, and perhaps was just a bit too simple overall in terms of concept. Because the screens were all the same in the press, did the game only ever exist as mock ups, or was there anything playable? If you know anything more, please do get in touch.

With thanks to Karl Kuras for highlighting and for for the scans.


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