Introduction
Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs is a classic anime-space-western TV series that originated in the 1980's. The animation was made by the japanese anime studio "Studio Pierrot" in 1984. Back then it had the name Seijushi Bismarck. In 1986 World Events Productions (WEP) reworked the series with the help of Marc Handler for the US market. The series storyline was adapted in some parts and completely changed in others, several scenes and entire episodes were cut, 6 new episodes were added and the series got a complete new soundtrack by Dale Schacker.

The Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs series features a thrilling space western themed storyline, 4 main heroes, a giant Cowboy Mech called Ramrod, some badass enemies called Outriders with their leaders Gattler the Rattler, Jesse Blue the traitor and Nemesis.

The voice cast featured an all-star cast + actors who went on to archive great success.
The primary English actors were as follows:

Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime, Voltron) - Narrator, Commander Eagle, Nemesis, Ramrod
Rob Paulsen (TMNT Raphael) - Saber Rider, Jesse Blue
Pat Fraley (Bravestarr) - Fireball
Pat Musick (ThunderCats) - April
Townsend Coleman (TMNT Michelangelo) - Colt

Unlike Gundam, Macross and many other anime-series, Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs never got its own video game. We think it is finally time! We will complete the task and retell the full story of Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs in the form of a Video Game for Steam Windows, Mac, Linux, Sega Dreamcast, Nintendo 3DS and a bit later PC Engine. We are planning to release the game in Europe, America and Japan.

In order to use the Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs IP we got the full support from World Events Productions (WEP) and the original animation producer Studio Pierrot (Naruto)

Do you need to know the original series in order to play the Game?
No! It is not necessary to know the original series in order to play or understand our game. The game gives you all the necessary information. After you play our game through, you'll probably want to watch the series!

Game Features
Here are some features of the Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs game:

  • Real 80's IP & real 80's feeling
  • 16-Bit Style Graphics
  • 12 differently themed missions
  • 4 playable characters and their vehicles (Saber Rider, Fireball, April and Colt)
  • Different weapons
  • Intense Mecha battles called "Challenge Phase"
  • Perfect playability with tight controls
  • Game Soundtrack based on Dale Schacker's Original Series Soundtrack
  • Voices from the Series featuring Peter Cullen and others
  • Bonus Games & Highscores
  • In-game music box
  • Real arcade resolution of 320(426)x240
  • 4:3 and real 16:9 (no stretching) aspect ratio available
  • Retro Filter like CRT and Scanline for the perfect retro feeling
  • Secrets to discover

What does Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs not offer?

  • no incomplete free2play game
  • no ridiculous DLC to get the complete game
  • no micro transactions needed

Graphics
For the whole production we are using a wide range of original scetches, animation cels and design sheets from Studio Pierrot as our reference to make sure to match the series original style and colours. Acquiring this material was not always easy.
Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs features a very nice anime style from the 80's with nice shading. In order to reflect this style, we have choosen the 16-Bit Style Graphics path. Another reason is the fact that Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs is a show from the awesome 80's. What would represent the late 80's Video Game History better than first class 16-Bit Style Graphics?

In order to deliver the best 16-Bit Style 2D Graphics teamed up with industry veterans with lots of experience. This brings us one step closer to the ultimate experience.

Gameplay
In Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs it will be possible to play with the four heroes, their vehicles and of course the giant Cowboy Mech Ramrod. Each of the 12 Missions will be packed with a lot of action.

Before each mission starts, a Mission Briefing is being held.
The mission objective will be given by a superior officer and depending on the story that person will change and other characters appear.

When the mission starts, the player will control one of the 4 heroes in classic side scrolling run'n'gun fashion, best know from games like Konami's Contra, Sunset Riders or Alien Soldier. It is possible to collect weapon upgrades, health items or granades. The player also has to survive several Mini Boss attacks.

Some missions require the use of the heroes vehicles in order to proceed the mission. The gameplay will be displayed in classic side scrolling fashion best know from games like R-Type, Gradius or Darius.

Of course our game will also offer Boss fights and they will be big!
The Outriders are always using giant mechs called Renegade Desperado Units as their last resort when their plans don’t work out. Every Renegade differs in apperance, strength and abilities. Therefore each Boss Fight needs a different strategy to win.
In order to withstand such a Renegade attack the player has to go into the mighty Challenge Phase. The Star Sheriffs Space Cruiser Ramrod transforms into a giant Cowboy Mech. Once in Challenge Phase the player has full control over the Ramrod Mech.

Music and Sound
To ensure the real feeling the music in our Game will be based upon and inspired by Dale Schacker's original Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs Soundtrack. The Sound FX will be inspired by the original series as well.

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Well it is true that the Ship and Show is called "Bismarck" in Japan but it is really just the Name. There are no references to Nazis or WW2 in that show at all. The japanese always like german names and that Kriegsmarine ship Bismarck was very big and strong at that time so propably thats the reason why they used it for the robot.
Besides that, the show was rebranded in the US to "Saber Rider" and the ship to "Ramrod" anyway and we going to work with that.
As kids and long time after we didnt even know there was a japanese version of it. The first time i heard of the japanese version and name was 2003 or so.

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Wow.
Never thought I will meet one of my favourite shows as a game. And Linux on top of it.
In just one sentence: "Make the lightning crack as you ride!"

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It was part of my childhood, awsome show, even though it partially glorifies the Bismark, wich was a Nazi Kriegsmarine ship.

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