Action 52 is a series of two unlicensed multi-carts that consist of 52 games [thus the title]. It was developed by Active Enterprises [or FarSight Studios, depending on platform]. It was sold for a ridiculous $200, approx. $4 per game. The quality of the games were below abysmal, and soon gained notoriety.
The 52 games range in genres although they mainly consist of side-scrollers, and among the games are Cheetahman, Active's attempt at creating a mainstream cartoon/game series similar to TMNT.
Action 52 for the NES was the first version of this multi-cart. It contained far more glitches than its Genesis counterpart. It was released in 1991.
List of GamesEdit
|Game No.||Game Name||Notable Errors/Notes|
|1||Firebreather||Two Players Only|
|2||Starevil||Known to crash|
|5||Ooze||Crashes on Level 2, despite 100k competition for passing Level 5|
|9||Alfredo||Frequently fails to load|
|12||Thrusters||Known to crash|
|21||Streemerz||Known to crash|
|32||Shooting Gallery||Known to crash|
|33||Lollipops||Some music glitches|
|36||Storm over the Desert||N/A|
|38||They Came...||Known to crash|
Known to crash
|41||City of Doom||N/A|
|42||Bits n Pieces||N/A|
|43||Beeps n Blips||N/A|
|49||Jigsaw||Frequently fails to load|
Although not noted, most of these games had a handful of glitches, some minor, some nearly breaking the game.
Soon after the cart was released to the general public, the developer opened a contest. They stated whoever could beat Level 5 of the game Ooze [bundled on the cart] would win $104,000. This was impossible without an emulator and thus no-one won the prize.
Cheetahman, the 52nd game on the cart was supposed to become a series of its own. This series was to be a complete comic book, toy, TV Show and Video Game series, a competitor to TMNT. However, this was scrapped after negative reviews of the game surfaced.
Action 52 for the Genesis was the second version of the game, with improved games and graphics.
List of GamesEdit
|40||Man at Arms|
|51||First Game [port of Pong]|
This version was developed by FarSight Technologies, and released in 1994. Much more care was taken into the development of this game, containing less bugs and more stable games.
The games on the menu were color coded "Beginner" (Green), "Intermediate" (Purple), "Expert" (Yellow) and "Multiplayer" (Blue). Also on the menu, is a music test mode and a randomiser (which picks a random game from the cartridge). The final game on the cart is an endurance test of how long the player can last playing through the games in a random order.
Several other new games were introduced, as well as different character designs in the Cheetahmen game.