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To coincide with the release of the 1995 film based on the Judge Dredd comic, a Licensed Game was produced for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega MegaDrive / Genesis, Game Boy and Game Gear.

Loosely following the plot of the film, it uses a platform shooter format with the unique option of arresting enemies who have surrendered instead of just killing everyone.

A PC port titled Judge Dredd 95 has been confirmed for Steam.

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This game provides examples of:

  • Adaptation Expansion: Once Dredd defeats Rico, the game continues after the events of the film's plot with Dredd travelling to Deadworld to face the Dark Judges.
  • Ambidextrous Sprite: Not only will Dredd swap his Lawgiver to his other hand when facing the opposite direction, but his shoulder pads will swap over too.
  • Bag of Spilling: After the prison transport crashes in the Cursed Earth, Dredd loses all his acquired ammo, except for the infinite standard rounds he always carries.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Standard ammo is infinite.
  • Mirror Boss: Rico is basically just a Palette Swap of Dredd.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Signs appear in the opening level saying "Eat At Otto's", referring to Otto Sump from the comic.
    • Johnny Alpha appears as a perp.
  • Never Bareheaded: Unlike the film it's based on, Dredd keeps his helmet on for the entire game. His appearance is based on his original comic book counterpart.
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  • Nintendo Hard: The game is punishingly difficult, especially the boss battles.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: The Lawgiver has a variety of ammo types that can be used, including grenade and shotgun.
  • True Final Boss: Rico is the Big Bad of the film and appears as a later boss in this game. The game continues on for a few levels after this until Dredd faces off against Judge Death.
  • Truer to the Text: Dredd's appearance is based on his comic book counterpart and keeps his helmet on. Also, Judge Death is the True Final Boss.


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