Sparkster (スパークスター) is a spin-off to the Rocket Knight series, produced and released in 1994 by Konami for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, and directed by Hideo Ueda (Axelay). It is a different game from the Mega Drive version, which bore the full title of Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2.
The kingdom of Eginasem, a land inhabited by opossums, is under attack by an army of wolf soldiers, which also kidnapped Princess Flora. Sparkster, the Rocket Knight, is out to battle this threat, rescue the princess and save his kingdom from certain destruction. His nemesis, the rival Rocket Knight Axel Gear, is aiding the invading forces, making Sparkster's task even more dangerous. The player's goal is to battle through all of the enemy warriors and robots, defeat Axel Gear and infiltrate the enemy's battleship, where the wolves' leader, Generalissimo Lioness, is planning to launch a warhead to destroy planet Eginasem.
The eponymous main character is Sparkster, an opossum knight who fights an army of yellow dogs and robots. He is armed with a sword that can fire energy boomerangs and a rocket pack that allows him to fly while cause damage at the same time,but for short distances. The gameplay remains mostly the same as in Genesis games. One major difference is that the game's final level depends on a difficulty player selected. On easy, the game culminates with battle against Axel Gear, but on normal, the story continues with Sparkster fighting the leader of yellow dogs on the next level. On hard difficulty, the game continues beyond that, with the true final stage.
Sparkster was awarded Best Sound Effects of 1994 by Electronic Gaming Monthly.
- Sparkster has Stage Music related to the Mega Drive/Genesis game, Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2. One example is the "Setup" music.
- The game uses many themes and stylistic features from Mega Drive/Genesis games, like some robots design, the battleship design, and a concept of the antagonist being revealed to be a robot.