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* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: Ristar can be seen as Creator/{{Sega}}'s equivalent to Creator/{{Nintendo}}'s Franchise/{{Kirby}}. Both Ristar and Kirby are small, spherical {{Badass Adorable}}s that are associated with stars, and are capable of traveling to different planets with ease. Both characters have even gotten [[AmericanKirbyIsHardcore slightly modified to look tougher and meaner in the Western releases of their games to in an attempt to downplay their cuteness]].

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* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: Ristar can be seen as Creator/{{Sega}}'s equivalent to Creator/{{Nintendo}}'s Franchise/{{Kirby}}. Both Ristar and Kirby are small, spherical {{Badass Adorable}}s that are associated with stars, and are capable of traveling to different planets with ease. Both characters have even gotten [[AmericanKirbyIsHardcore slightly modified to look tougher and meaner in the Western releases of their games to in an attempt to downplay their cuteness]].


''Ristar'' (known as ''Ristar the Shooting Star'' in Japanese) is a quirky little Creator/{{Sega}} {{platform game}} by Creator/SonicTeam about a (literal) star-man on a mission to free his solar system from the clutches of a [[SpacePirates space pirate]] appropriately named Greedy. It boasts lush graphics that do as much as they possibly can with the Mega Drive/Genesis's capability, an excellent soundtrack, and innovative gameplay mechanics: Ristar has stretchy arms like rubber bands, and he uses these to perform a host of actions, including latching onto surfaces at any angle, slingshotting himself into enemies, and grabbing, swinging around, and flying off of poles. ''Ristar'' made an appearance on both the Sega Mega Drive and the Game Gear, and more recently has shown up on the Wii Virtual Console.

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''Ristar'' (known as ''Ristar the Shooting Star'' in Japanese) is a quirky little Creator/{{Sega}} {{platform game}} by Creator/SonicTeam about a (literal) star-man on a mission to free his solar system from the clutches of a [[SpacePirates space pirate]] appropriately named Greedy. It boasts lush graphics that do as much as they possibly can with the Mega Drive/Genesis's capability, an excellent soundtrack, and innovative gameplay mechanics: Ristar has stretchy arms like rubber bands, and he uses these to perform a host of actions, including latching onto surfaces at any angle, slingshotting himself into enemies, and grabbing, swinging around, and flying off of poles. ''Ristar'' made an appearance on both the Sega Mega Drive UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis and the Game Gear, and more recently has shown up on UsefulNotes/GameGear, as well being re-released for later platforms, such as the Wii Virtual Console.
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''Ristar'' (known as ''Ristar the Shooting Star'' in Japanese) is a quirky little Creator/{{SEGA}} {{platform game}} by Creator/SonicTeam about a (literal) star-man on a mission to free his solar system from the clutches of a [[SpacePirates space pirate]] appropriately named Greedy. It boasts lush graphics that do as much as they possibly can with the Mega Drive/Genesis's capability, an excellent soundtrack, and innovative gameplay mechanics: Ristar has stretchy arms like rubber bands, and he uses these to perform a host of actions, including latching onto surfaces at any angle, slingshotting himself into enemies, and grabbing, swinging around, and flying off of poles. ''Ristar'' made an appearance on both the Sega Mega Drive and the Game Gear, and more recently has shown up on the Wii Virtual Console.

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''Ristar'' (known as ''Ristar the Shooting Star'' in Japanese) is a quirky little Creator/{{SEGA}} Creator/{{Sega}} {{platform game}} by Creator/SonicTeam about a (literal) star-man on a mission to free his solar system from the clutches of a [[SpacePirates space pirate]] appropriately named Greedy. It boasts lush graphics that do as much as they possibly can with the Mega Drive/Genesis's capability, an excellent soundtrack, and innovative gameplay mechanics: Ristar has stretchy arms like rubber bands, and he uses these to perform a host of actions, including latching onto surfaces at any angle, slingshotting himself into enemies, and grabbing, swinging around, and flying off of poles. ''Ristar'' made an appearance on both the Sega Mega Drive and the Game Gear, and more recently has shown up on the Wii Virtual Console.


''Ristar'' (known as ''Ristar the Shooting Star'' in Japanese) is a quirky little {{platform game}} by Creator/SonicTeam about a (literal) star-man on a mission to free his solar system from the clutches of a [[SpacePirates space pirate]] appropriately named Greedy. It boasts lush graphics that do as much as they possibly can with the Mega Drive/Genesis's capability, an excellent soundtrack, and innovative gameplay mechanics: Ristar has stretchy arms like rubber bands, and he uses these to perform a host of actions, including latching onto surfaces at any angle, slingshotting himself into enemies, and grabbing, swinging around, and flying off of poles. ''Ristar'' made an appearance on both the Sega Mega Drive and the Game Gear, and more recently has shown up on the Wii Virtual Console.

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''Ristar'' (known as ''Ristar the Shooting Star'' in Japanese) is a quirky little Creator/{{SEGA}} {{platform game}} by Creator/SonicTeam about a (literal) star-man on a mission to free his solar system from the clutches of a [[SpacePirates space pirate]] appropriately named Greedy. It boasts lush graphics that do as much as they possibly can with the Mega Drive/Genesis's capability, an excellent soundtrack, and innovative gameplay mechanics: Ristar has stretchy arms like rubber bands, and he uses these to perform a host of actions, including latching onto surfaces at any angle, slingshotting himself into enemies, and grabbing, swinging around, and flying off of poles. ''Ristar'' made an appearance on both the Sega Mega Drive and the Game Gear, and more recently has shown up on the Wii Virtual Console.



* AmericanKirbyIsHardcore:
** Ristar's angry eyebrows, originally only present in the boss fights, are always present in the English version. The enemies have meaner expressions, too.

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* AmericanKirbyIsHardcore:
AlternateCompanyEquivalent: Ristar can be seen as Creator/{{Sega}}'s equivalent to Creator/{{Nintendo}}'s Franchise/{{Kirby}}. Both Ristar and Kirby are small, spherical {{Badass Adorable}}s that are associated with stars, and are capable of traveling to different planets with ease. Both characters have even gotten [[AmericanKirbyIsHardcore slightly modified to look tougher and meaner in the Western releases of their games to in an attempt to downplay their cuteness]].
* AmericanKirbyIsHardcore: Ristar, with all of his similarities [[Franchise/{{Kirby}} to the Nintendo character]] [[TropeNamer of which this trope was named after]], ended up getting this treatment in a single game even more than Kirby himself has across several of his own games.
** Ristar's angry eyebrows, originally only present in the boss fights, are always present in the English version. The version, and actually look ''even meaner'' than when he faces a boss. Several enemies have meaner expressions, too.



** Completely {{averted}} for the boxart themselves, as the [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/2a/Ristar_cover_EU.jpg American/European boxart gives Ristar a confident smirk]], but nonetheless keeps him as happy as he looks in the Japanese boxart (the page image seen above).

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** Completely {{averted}} for the boxart themselves, as the [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/2a/Ristar_cover_EU.jpg American/European boxart gives Ristar a confident smirk]], but friendly smirk]] that nonetheless keeps him as happy as he looks in the Japanese boxart (the page image seen above).



* BrownNote: The boss of Sonata is incredibly [[HollywoodToneDeaf tone deaf]] and the notes he produces not only screw up the music, but can actually harm you.

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* BrownNote: The Auweck, the boss of Sonata Sonata, is incredibly [[HollywoodToneDeaf tone deaf]] and the notes he produces not only screw up the music, but can actually harm you.you.
* BubblyClouds: The first section of the Game Gear-exclusive Planet Terra takes place on giant clouds and [[EverythingsBetterWithRainbows rainbows]] in the sky, [[NoExportForYou but only in the Japanese version]], [[DubNameChange where it is instead called Planet Fanturn]]. Non-Japanese releases drop this section and has you start the planet out in its GangplankGalleon, instead, making the entire level shorter as a result.



* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Probably unintentional, but depending on how you look at it, Ristar's signature attack can look a little bit like a KissOfDeath, or possibly even like something a bit more... intimate.

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Probably unintentional, but depending on how you look at it, Ristar's signature attack of headbutting into his foes can look a little bit like a KissOfDeath, or possibly even like something a bit more... intimate.



* FreeFallFight: Adahan.
* GangplankGalleon: Planet Terra in the Game Gear version takes place on a pirate ship.

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* FreeFallFight: Adahan.
Planet Scorch's boss battle against Adahan turns into this once you're halfway throug his health. The falling stops after he's defeated.
* GangplankGalleon: Planet Terra in the Game Gear version takes place on a pirate ship. In the Japanese version, this is the second half of Planet Fanturn, as the first half takes place in BubblyClouds ([[NoExportForYou which can't be played outside of the Japanese version for some reason]]).



* MiniBoss: At the end of each first act, you encounter one, ranging from a Snake creature on Flora, to the [[WolfpackBoss enemy groups you face later]]. Two of the Mini-Bosses are actually minigames, one of which is a quick paced memory game, and can become [[ThatOneBoss That One Boss]] if you can't keep up. Another is a classic [[SnowballFight snowball fight]], which Ristar happens to find deadly. That particular boss can lead to a [[GuideDangIt frustating moment or two]] if you can't actually figure out how to FORM the snowballs.[[note]]Just stand still and Ristar will make a snowball on his own.[[/note]]

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* MiniBoss: At the end of each first act, you encounter one, ranging from a Snake creature on Flora, to the [[WolfpackBoss enemy groups you face later]]. Two of the Mini-Bosses are actually minigames, one of which is a quick paced memory game, and can become [[ThatOneBoss That One Boss]] if you can't keep up. Another is a classic [[SnowballFight snowball fight]], which Ristar happens to find deadly. That particular boss can lead to a [[GuideDangIt frustating moment or two]] if you can't actually figure out how to FORM ''form'' the snowballs.[[note]]Just stand still and Ristar will make a snowball on his own.[[/note]]



* RaceAgainstTheClock: The Game Gear version of Planet Freon sticks a bomb on Ristar every time he passes through a yellow arch. You have to reach a pool of water to get rid of it before time runs out, or it will explode and hurt Ristar. Mercifully, it's not a OneHitKO.



* SuperNotDrowningSkills: But hey, why would a star need to breathe?

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* SuperNotDrowningSkills: Unlike [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog his source concept]], Ristar can stay underwater as long as he wants without any fear of drowning. But hey, why would a star need to breathe?


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* WalkDontSwim: Ristar's swimming skills are reduced to this in the Game Gear version. Luckily, he keeps his SuperNotDrowningSkills.


* MeaningfulName: Ristar, Greedy, and the planets all have pretty unsubtle names (the planets have different names in the Japanese version, though).

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* MeaningfulName: MeaningfulName:
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Ristar, Greedy, and the planets all have pretty unsubtle names.
** The English planet
names (the planets have different names in are mostly very descriptive of their theme (Flora is full of plant life, Freon is a frozen planet, etc.). Meanwhile, the Japanese version, though).names are formed by taking an English word that also describes the planet's theme, scrambling its letters, and then either remove, add, or replace a letter in it (Neer = Green, Eylkiki = Icicle, and Rewope = Power).


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* NoExportForYou: ''Very'' {{downplayed}}. The first half of Planet Terra (Fanturn) is not accessible outside of the Japanese Game Gear version, making the second level much shorter than most others.


** In the UsefulNotes/GameGear version, the bonus rounds are accessible at the end of each world by finding icons that resemble the UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn logo. In these bonus rounds, Ristar must collect as many stars as he can before he falls to the ground.

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** In the UsefulNotes/GameGear version, the bonus rounds are accessible at the end of each world by finding icons that resemble the UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn logo. In these bonus rounds, Ristar must collect as many 200 stars as he can before he falls to the ground.without falling into a BottomlessPit.

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* BridgeLogic: In Planet Flora, Ristar has to headbutt a tree so it fall over and he can use it as a bridge.


** Completely {{averted}} for the boxart themselves, as the [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/2a/Ristar_cover_EU.jpg American/European boxart gives Ristar a confident smirk]], but notheless keeps him as happy as he looks in the Japanese boxart (the page image seen above).

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** Completely {{averted}} for the boxart themselves, as the [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/2a/Ristar_cover_EU.jpg American/European boxart gives Ristar a confident smirk]], but notheless nonetheless keeps him as happy as he looks in the Japanese boxart (the page image seen above).


** Completely {{averted}} for the boxart themselves, the [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/2a/Ristar_cover_EU.jpg American/European boxart gives Ristar a confident smirk]], but notheless keeps him as happy as he looks in the Japanese boxart (the page image seen above).

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** Completely {{averted}} for the boxart themselves, as the [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/2a/Ristar_cover_EU.jpg American/European boxart gives Ristar a confident smirk]], but notheless keeps him as happy as he looks in the Japanese boxart (the page image seen above).


** You could also say that it looks like a [[MemeticMutation "Zidane Round Head Strike"]].


* AmericanKirbyIsHardcore: Ristar's angry eyebrows, originally only present in the boss fights, are always present in the English version. The enemies have meaner expressions, too.

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* AmericanKirbyIsHardcore: AmericanKirbyIsHardcore:
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Ristar's angry eyebrows, originally only present in the boss fights, are always present in the English version. The enemies have meaner expressions, too.



** Completely {{averted}} for the boxart themselves, the [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/2a/Ristar_cover_EU.jpg American/European boxart gives Ristar a confident smirk]], but notheless keeps him as happy as he looks in the Japanese boxart (the page image seen above).



* PaintingTheMedium: When Ristar takes a hit with one hit point left, the final star falls off the health meter and hits him on the head, killing him. Planet Sonata supplies two musical examples. The first stage on that planet starts with suspiciously minimalistic-sounding background music, and as you proceed through the level you wake up sleeping birds who sing, and by doing this you gradually create the stage's true background music. Also, while the boss of Sonata, Auweck, is singing, the background music becomes distorted.

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* PaintingTheMedium: PaintingTheMedium:
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When Ristar takes a hit with one hit point left, the final star falls off the health meter and hits him on the head, killing him. Planet Sonata supplies two musical examples. The first stage on that planet starts with suspiciously minimalistic-sounding background music, and as you proceed through the level you wake up sleeping birds who sing, and by doing this you gradually create the stage's true background music. Also, while the boss of Sonata, Auweck, is singing, the background music becomes distorted.



* PuzzleBoss: The boss on Freon can't be attacked normally. Instead, you have to harm it by feeding it plates of [[FireBreathingDiner spicy curry]] supplied by that kid you [[DefeatMeansFriendship "befriended"]] earlier in the level. Also, the first stage of some planets ends with a somewhat boss-like puzzle.
** For that manner, the way in which you "befriend" the kid in the first place - using a ''level-specific IdleAnimation''.

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* PuzzleBoss: The boss on Freon can't be attacked normally. Instead, you have to harm it by feeding it plates of [[FireBreathingDiner spicy curry]] supplied by that kid you [[DefeatMeansFriendship "befriended"]] earlier in the level. Also, the first stage of some planets ends with a somewhat boss-like puzzle.
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puzzle. For that manner, the way in which you "befriend" the kid in the first place - using a ''level-specific IdleAnimation''.



* TurnsRed: Most bosses change color multiple times as you damage them, sometimes speeding up gradually as this happens, but the boss of Undertow, Ohsat, a shark that you fight in a water-filled cave, features an interesting twist on this trope. Each time you damage it, it knocks out a plug in the floor of the cave and some of the water drains out, leaving you with a progressively smaller space to fight in.
** And you defeat it by knocking it about so that it removes ''all'' of the plugs, leaving the room completely dry and the boss flopping helplessly around like, well, a fish out of water.

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* TurnsRed: Most bosses change color multiple times as you damage them, sometimes speeding up gradually as this happens, but the boss of Undertow, Ohsat, a shark that you fight in a water-filled cave, features an interesting twist on this trope. Each time you damage it, it knocks out a plug in the floor of the cave and some of the water drains out, leaving you with a progressively smaller space to fight in.
** And you
in. You defeat it by knocking it about so that it removes ''all'' of the plugs, leaving the room completely dry and the boss flopping helplessly around like, well, a fish out of water.



* WallJump: Used in a rather weird fashion: Ristar can grab onto any surface in the game that isn't spiked or otherwise harmful to touch, but he can't hold on unless there are rungs or other handholds; otherwise, he will bounce off. However, by grabbing a wall over and over again in rapid succession, it is possible to bounce up the wall. Unlike the typical WallJump, only one wall is needed for this, although it can be done with two opposing walls as well.
** This is also impossible on [[SlippySlideyIceWorld Planet Freon]], presumably because the walls are made of slippery ice... ''cold'' ice, that causes Ristar to withdraw his hands in discomfort upon touching it.

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* WallJump: Used in a rather weird fashion: Ristar can grab onto any surface in the game that isn't spiked or otherwise harmful to touch, but he can't hold on unless there are rungs or other handholds; otherwise, he will bounce off. However, by grabbing a wall over and over again in rapid succession, it is possible to bounce up the wall. Unlike the typical WallJump, only one wall is needed for this, although it can be done with two opposing walls as well.
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well. This is also impossible on [[SlippySlideyIceWorld Planet Freon]], presumably because the walls are made of slippery ice... ''cold'' ice, that causes Ristar to withdraw his hands in discomfort upon touching it.


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''Ristar'' (known as ''Ristar the Shooting Star'' in Japan) is a quirky little {{platform game}} by Creator/SonicTeam about a (literal) star-man on a mission to free his solar system from the clutches of a [[SpacePirates space pirate]] appropriately named Greedy. It boasts lush graphics that do as much as they possibly can with the Mega Drive/Genesis's capability, an excellent soundtrack, and innovative gameplay mechanics: Ristar has stretchy arms like rubber bands, and he uses these to perform a host of actions, including latching onto surfaces at any angle, slingshotting himself into enemies, and grabbing, swinging around, and flying off of poles. ''Ristar'' made an appearance on both the Sega Mega Drive and the Game Gear, and more recently has shown up on the Wii Virtual Console.

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''Ristar'' (known as ''Ristar the Shooting Star'' in Japan) Japanese) is a quirky little {{platform game}} by Creator/SonicTeam about a (literal) star-man on a mission to free his solar system from the clutches of a [[SpacePirates space pirate]] appropriately named Greedy. It boasts lush graphics that do as much as they possibly can with the Mega Drive/Genesis's capability, an excellent soundtrack, and innovative gameplay mechanics: Ristar has stretchy arms like rubber bands, and he uses these to perform a host of actions, including latching onto surfaces at any angle, slingshotting himself into enemies, and grabbing, swinging around, and flying off of poles. ''Ristar'' made an appearance on both the Sega Mega Drive and the Game Gear, and more recently has shown up on the Wii Virtual Console.



* AmericanKirbyIsHardcore: Ristar's angry eyebrows, originally only present in the boss fights, are always present in the North American version. The enemies have meaner expressions, too.

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* AmericanKirbyIsHardcore: Ristar's angry eyebrows, originally only present in the boss fights, are always present in the North American English version. The enemies have meaner expressions, too.



* BadassInDistress: The game's American prologue reveals that Ristar is the son of a legendary hero who got kidnapped by the game's antagonist prior to the events of this game. Averted in the Japanese version of the game in which his father did not appear.

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* BadassInDistress: The game's American English prologue reveals that Ristar is the son of a legendary hero who got kidnapped by the game's antagonist prior to the events of this game. Averted in the Japanese version of the game in which his father did not appear.



* DifficultyByRegion: In Japanese version, Normal mode gives you 9 continues instead of 5. On the other hand, Hard mode in Japanese version makes you start as a OneHitPointWonder instead of two. You can still pick up stars to increase your health, though.

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* DifficultyByRegion: In the Japanese version, Normal mode gives you 9 continues instead of 5. On the other hand, Hard mode in the Japanese version makes you start as a OneHitPointWonder instead of two. You can still pick up stars to increase your health, though.



* MegaNeko: Freon's boss, Itamor, is a big cat in the Japanese version. Elsewhere, it got turned into a snowman.
* MickeyMousing: Fitting for a music-themed level, the collective miniboss of Planet Sonata Act 1 attacks in sync to the music (with a conductor to help them, to boot). More obvious in the Japanese version where even the tell that signify which of the three bird statues would attack is in sync with the music. (Said tell was removed in the international version).
* MiniBoss: At the end of each first act, you encounter one, ranging from a Snake creature on Flora, to the [[WolfpackBoss enemy groups you face later]]. Two of the Mini-Bosses are actually minigames, one of which is a quick paced memory game, and can become [[ThatOneBoss That One Boss]] if you can't keep up. Another is a classic [[SnowballFight snowball fight]], which Ristar happens to find deadly. That particular boss can lead to a [[GuideDangIt frustating moment or two]] if you can't actually figure out how to FORM the snowballs, mind.[[note]]Just stand still and Ristar will make a snowball on his own.[[/note]]

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* MegaNeko: Freon's boss, Itamor, is a big cat in the Japanese version. Elsewhere, In the English version, it got turned into a snowman.
an ice monster.
* MickeyMousing: Fitting for a music-themed level, the collective miniboss of Planet Sonata Act 1 attacks in sync to the music (with a conductor to help them, to boot). More obvious in the Japanese version only where even the tell that signify which of the three bird statues would attack is in sync with the music. (Said tell was removed in the international version).
music.
* MiniBoss: At the end of each first act, you encounter one, ranging from a Snake creature on Flora, to the [[WolfpackBoss enemy groups you face later]]. Two of the Mini-Bosses are actually minigames, one of which is a quick paced memory game, and can become [[ThatOneBoss That One Boss]] if you can't keep up. Another is a classic [[SnowballFight snowball fight]], which Ristar happens to find deadly. That particular boss can lead to a [[GuideDangIt frustating moment or two]] if you can't actually figure out how to FORM the snowballs, mind.snowballs.[[note]]Just stand still and Ristar will make a snowball on his own.[[/note]]



* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Ristar is a little round ball with cylindrical limbs, WhiteGloves, a star-shaped yellow face, and huge eyes. And his voice is a childlike squeak. Additionally, as noted above, the American version of the game gives him his angry/serious eyebrows at all times. For some, this may backfire and make him look even cuter.

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* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Ristar is a little round ball with cylindrical limbs, WhiteGloves, a star-shaped yellow face, and huge eyes. And his voice is a childlike squeak. Additionally, as noted above, the American English version of the game gives him his angry/serious eyebrows at all times. For some, this may backfire and make him look even cuter.

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* ALongTimeAgoInAGalaxyFarFarAway: Is set in the Valdi System.

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* DrillMole: The boss of Planet Scorch is Adahan, a mole-like creature in a giant mechanical suit. One of his attacks involves him drilling into the ground, then drilling out of the middle of the arena.

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