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.

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! With this Original 80's IP, we'll take you back in 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

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.

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"
  • 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
  • Nintendo 3DS Play Coin Support
  • Full New Nintendo 3DS Support
  • Stereoscopic 3D on Nintendo 3DS
  • Scanline Filter for the PC Version for perfect retro feeling
  • Perfect playability with tight controls
  • 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

Game 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.

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 we will team 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.
Sometimes also special items need to be collected in order to proceed
with the mission. 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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Chris Strauß had a awesome interview with NiNTENDOMiNATiON about our Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs ‪Videogame‬. The interview is 16 minutes long and was recorded on the Gamescom a few weeks ago. It should give you some more information about our project.

Our ‪Kickstarter‬ Campaign doing great so far. We got already 10% in under 2 days of funding, this is amazing! Please keep it up, share our campaign to reach as many people as possible to make this project happen.

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Thanks so much!

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Fire-WSP Mar 27 2014 says:

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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jfpoliveira12 Mar 27 2014 replied:

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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