Todd's Adventures in Slime World

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Todd's Adventures in Slime World
Todd's Adventures in Slime World cover art (Atari Lynx).jpg
Atari Lynx cover art in all regions
Developer(s) Epyx
Micro World (Genesis)
  • Lynx
    • JP: Mumin Corporation
    PC Engine Super CD-ROM²
    • JP: Micro World
Programmer(s) Peter M. Engelbrite
Artist(s) Matthew Crysdale
Phillip Vaughan
Composer(s) Christopher Grigg
Eric VanRhee
Platform(s) Lynx
PC Engine Super CD-ROM²
  • Lynx
    • NA: October 1990
    • EU: 1990
    • JP: 25 August 1990
    PC Engine Super CD-ROM²
    • JP: 9 October 1992
Genre(s) Action-adventure [1]
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Todd's Adventures in Slime World is a side-scrolling platform video game first released for the Atari Lynx in 1990, with Sega Genesis and PC Engine Super CD-ROM² versions following in 1992.



Atari Lynx version screenshot. LYNX Todd's Adventures in Slime World.png
Atari Lynx version screenshot.

Todd's Adventures in Slime World is a 2D platform game, with multidirectional shooting and metroidvanie-style maps. [2] The main character of the game is Todd the explorer, who enters Slime World to search for gems. [3] Todd starts the game with a water pistol and computer generated map. [3] Players in Slime World are armed with a water cannon that can be fired at many angles and can kill most enemies in one hit, cling to and climb most walls, and perform high and long jumps. Although nominally an action game, many rooms require knowledge of the player's abilities and can only be navigated in certain ways, frequently giving it an air of a puzzle game.

Todd can sustain ordinary damage from many sources, but there are invulnerability shields and pools of water that remove all damage taken when used. Red enemies, when shot, release a spray of red slime that can instantly kill even a shielded player, creating circumstances when it is best not to shoot foes.

There is also a type of enemy called a Hidden Snapper, that instantly kills players that step over it. Snappers are often undetectable until triggered, though subtle design cues hint at their location. Players (usually) have infinite lives to explore the world, but lose all their inventory items if Todd dies and are also sent back to the last checkpoint arrow passed.


Todd is a galactic explorer who, while in the Andromeda sector, discovered a starship and downloaded part of the captain's log. The log contains information on Slime World, a world teeming with disgusting life forms and the presence of valuable slime gems. [4]


In the multiplayer scenario there is one single seater escape capsule and the players must fight each other to get to it first. [4]


The game contains seven "levels" that are more akin to game variations, each possessing not just its own map but its own variation on the basic rules. The variations are:


The items in the game are:


Peter Engelbrite who worked for Epyx one of the programming divisions at Atari stated in his interview with Retro Gamer Magazine that "I saw that many of the movies for kids around that time had at least some slime in them" and commented that it was the "current craze" in the 1990s. [5] Engelbrite went on to develop the game which also included the option to link up eight Atari Lynx machines through its Comlynx system. This was then credited to be the first eight player game ever created and the only eight player game on the Lynx. [5] [3]

Matt Householder of Epyx was charged with porting the game from the Lynx to Sega Genesis and PC Engine CD. [5] The Genesis and PC Engine CD versions were changed to two player split screen, had different sound tracks and the map moved to the top right corner. [5]



In a capsule review of the Lynx version for STart , Clayton Walnum called the game "Wonderfully gross" and "a guaranteed hit." [11] CVG Magazine reviewed the game in their January 1991 issue calling it a "superb exploration game", "highly original", "with plenty of long-lasting appeal" giving a score of 90 out of 100. [7]

Robert A. Jung reviewed the Atari Lynx version of the game in IGN. In his final verdict, he stated that "Todd's Adventures in Slime World will appeal mostly to players who enjoy the idea of exploring every nook and cranny of its vast, gooey terrain. For others, however, the appeal is not as distinct; depending on personal preferences and the availability of friends, the value of this card will vary significantly." He gave the game 7 out of 10. [3]

Marshal Rosenthal reviewed the game in the short lived Raze Magazine giving a score of 92%. [9]


N. Somniac of GamePro characterized the Genesis version as "a faithful translation" of the Lynx version which benefits from the large screen presentation. He was especially impressed that the multiplayer mode was adapted to split-screen format without significant slowdown or reduction in graphic quality. Additionally praising the convenience of the restart/password feature and the variety of gameplay possibilities resulting from the many features, he concluded, "Sharp graphics, an engaging story line, and a nice mixture of action and suspense guarantees a messy, but fun-filled, time for all!" [12] Most of the four reviewers of Electronic Gaming Monthly agreed that the Genesis version improved on the presentation of the Lynx original, though Martin Alessi contended the controls are not nearly as good, affecting the playability. Steve Harris found the essential gameplay concept "awkward and flat", while Ed Semrad and Sushi-X had more positive reactions, praising the long levels and challenge. They gave it a 6.25 out of 10. [8] Mega Action gave a negative review writing: "The sound is poor and the graphics are small and untidy" and felt one of the major problems with Slime World is the lack of variety between levels. [13]

In a 2006 retrospective review, Benjamin Galway of Sega-16 stated that the Genesis version's reduction of the multiplayer mode from eight players to two, along with its addition of an ever-present map to eliminate any possibility of getting lost, takes away most of the game's appeal. He also stated that the background graphics, animations, and color palette are inferior to the Lynx version's, and while the play control is the same, this is not a positive since the original had clunky and unnatural control. He nonetheless gave it a 7 out of 10. [14]


Todd's Adventures in Slime World was awarded Game Players Magazine' game of the year. [5]

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