Cosmic Spacehead

Description

One of the late Codemasters games released on the Master System in 1993, Cosmic Spacehead is the only point-and-click adventure game released on the system. It is in fact a conversion of Codemasters’ game “Linus Spacehead”, released for the NES using their expander device to avoid paying Nintendo’s extortionate licencing fees. It seems they were all set to release unlicenced games for the SMS, having developed the hardware and figured out the system without an SDK, but Sega licenced the games and everyone was happy.

Anyway, I thought it was cool when I got it and I really like the game - it has some nice attention to detail and some impressive graphical feats. Unfortunately, most of them were because the original NES version had to deal with the system’s limitations, so we get 3-colour sprites in the conversion which is kind of horrible. The use of patterns to give smoother gradient effects even with a relatively small number of tiles is very clever - note that Secret Tunnel only has 4 colours, for example.

Brief game guide

Cosmic Spacehead is an interplanetary tourist, and discovered the mythical planet Earth. However, he forgot to take any photos and nobody believes him. Lead him on a quest to get back to Earth and prove his story!

Controls:

  • U/D/L/R = move cursor/Cosmic
  • 1 = cycle verb
  • 2 = select/walk/jump

Old Lino Town

Old Lino Town (2KB, 503×152)

Old Lino Town Post Office

Old Lino Town Post Office (2KB, 248×152)

Old Lino Town ➡ Cape Carnival

Old Lino Town - Cape Carnival (8KB, 1504×224)

Cape Carnival

Cape Carnival (3KB, 344×152)

Old Lino Town ➡ The Wilderness

Old Lino Town - The Wilderness (8KB, 1520×224)

The Wilderness

The Wilderness (3KB, 376×152)

The Wilderness ➡ The Cool Pool

The Wilderness - The Cool Pool (9KB, 1520×224)

The Cool Pool

The Cool Pool (937B, 248×152)

The Cool Pool ➡ Dodgey City

The Cool Pool - Dodgey City (5KB, 1008×224)

Dodgey City

Dodgey City (3KB, 504×152)

Old Lino Town ➡ Passport Control

Old Lino Town - Passport Control (8KB, 1520×224)

Passport Control

Passport Control (2KB, 328×152)

Passport Control ➡ Formica City

Passport Control - Formica City (8KB, 1568×224)

Formica City

Formica City (3KB, 504×152)

Formica City ➡ Cosmic Coast

Formica City - Cosmic Coast (8KB, 1504×224)

Cosmic Coast

Cosmic Coast (2KB, 376×152)

Cosmic Coast ➡ Foreign Soil

Cosmic Coast - Foreign Soil (3KB, 1496×224)

Foreign Soil

Foreign Soil (2KB, 248×152)

Passport Control ➡ The Riverbank

Passport Control - The Riverbank (8KB, 1520×224)

The Riverbank & Dodgey River Bank

The Riverbank and Dodgey River Bank (3KB, 576×152)

Dodgey River Bank ➡ Dodgey City

Dodgey River Bank - Dodgey City (6KB, 1520×224)

Secret Tunnel

Secret Tunnel (9KB, 1536×224)

The Caves

The Caves (3KB, 344×152)

Linograd ➡ The Caves

Linograd - The Caves (8KB, 1504×224)

Linograd

Linograd (3KB, 503×152)

Linograd ➡ No Man’s Causeway

Linograd - No Mans Causeway (9KB, 2032×224)

No Man’s Causeway

No Mans Causeway (2KB, 344×152)
No Mans Causeway 2 (5KB, 1520×224)
No Mans Causeway 3 (2KB, 248×152)

No Man’s Causeway ➡ Linoville

No Mans Causeway - Linoville (9KB, 2032×224)

Linoville

Linoville (2KB, 472×152)

Linoville ➡ Bus Depot

Linoville - Bus Depot (8KB, 1520×224)

Bus Depot

Bus Depot (1KB, 248×152)

Detroitica Bus Depot

Detroitica Bus Depot (1KB, 248×152)

Detroitica Bus Depot ➡ Factory Reception

Detroitica Bus Depot - Factory Reception (6KB, 1520×224)

Factory Reception

Factory Reception (1KB, 248×152)

Production Line

Production Line (11KB, 1752×224)

The Workshop

The Workshop (3KB, 248×152)

Vork

Vork (2KB, 248×224)

Scrapyard

Scrapyard (3KB, 248×152)

Scrapyard ➡ Factory Reception

Scrapyard - Factory Reception (8KB, 1496×224)

Staff Room

Staff Room (1KB, 248×152)

Staff Room ➡ Car Lot

Staff Room - Car Lot (3KB, 1520×224)

Car Lot

Car Lot (1KB, 248×152)

The Hub

The Hub (3KB, 248×384)

No. 1 Weighs A Ton

No. 1 Weighs A Ton (6KB, 1504×224)

No. 1

No. 1 (2KB, 375×112)

No. 2 Hard To Get Thru

No. 2 Hard To Get Thru (5KB, 1504×224)

No. 2

No. 2 (2KB, 375×112)

No. 3 I Can’t See

No. 3 I Can't See (5KB, 1504×224)

No. 3

No. 3 (2KB, 375×112)

No. 4 No Floor

No. 4 No Floor (6KB, 1520×224)

No. 4

No. 4 (2KB, 375×112)

No. 5 Ordinary Really

No. 5 Ordinary Really (5KB, 1520×224)

No. 5

No. 5 (2KB, 375×104)

No. 6 Gravity Mix

No. 6 Gravity Mix (5KB, 1520×224)

No. 6

No. 6 (2KB, 375×112)