FAQ/Walkthrough by SubSane

Version: 1.0 | Updated: 05/03/13 | Printable Version

                        FAQ/WALKTHROUGH v1.0

              For Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear
                  Written and maintained by SubSane
                       Last Updated 2013.05.02


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     1.1 Game Details
     1.2 Story

     2.1 Game Start
     2.2 Status Screen
     2.3 Controls
     2.4 Items/Points

     3.1 The Desert
     3.2 Sylvester's Island of Danger
     3.3 The Faces of Sylvester
     3.4 Inside Sylvester's Lair


     5.1 Version History
     5.2 Guide Credits
     5.3 Contact Information
     5.4 Legal Stuff


===== 1.0 INTRODUCTION =============================================

                         1.1  Game Details

Developed and released by WB Consumer Products and Sega. Released
in 1995.

                             1.2  Story

Sylvester the cat has kidnapped all of Speedy Gonzales' friends, and
he plans to use them as bait to catch Speedy! Now Speedy must save
his girlfriend and other buddies, stop Sylvester's mouse traps, and
collect as much cheese as a small mouse can eat!


===== 2.0 BASICS ===================================================

                           2.1  Game Start

Start Game
Start the game.

Here you can adjust the difficulty, music, and sound effects.

                          2.2  Status Screen

That number next to the hat represents the number of sombreros. You
can throw these and use them as weapons.

Speedy's health. The maximum is two hearts, and one hit from an
enemy usually takes half a heart. You can refill hearts with cheese,
bread, and hearts.

                            2.3  Controls

Command     |  Action                   |  Other           
Start       |  Pause                    |  -
Left        |  Move left                |  Throw left
Right       |  Move right               |  Throw right
Up          |  Toss up a rope           |  -
Down        |  Duck                     |  Pick up TNT
1 button    |  Jump                     |  -
2 button    |  Throw hats, bombs, TNT   |  Select in the Options

                         2.4  Items/Points

Item        |  Purpose
Cheese      |  Refill half a heart
Bread       |  Refill half a heart
Hearts      |  Refill two hearts
1-UP        |  Gain one extra life
Hats        |  Gain one sombrero weapon
Keys        |  Grab these to save Speedy's friends
Rope        |  Used to climb up the mountain in "Faces of Sylvester"
Points      |  Get points by beating enemies and balloons
            |  3000 pts. for one extra life


===== 3.0 WALKTHROUGH ==============================================

                          3.1  The Desert

The Sand Dunes
To start you'll be facing some simple enemies. A simple hop on
the head will kill them off, as well as hats. As you make your
way to the right you'll see some holes in the ground. These holes
lead to small caverns full of enemies, as well as health items
and hats. Fall into the first hole to find hats, a few enemies,
and a heart at the bottom. Use the springs to leave.

Keep to the right and simply kill everything in your way. Jump in
the second hole to get more stuff like hats, hearts, and bread.
The third hole will have items and enemies, and the fourth hole
will have the key for this area. The keys lead to Speedy's buddies,
so quickly save them and leave to continue. You'll need to find
the keys to get the EXIT sign.

Finish collecting everything in the fourth hole and collect any
remaining items. Return to the surface and head right to find the
EXIT sign at the end.

The Rocky Mountains
Head right and avoid any holes or flowers. Some holes will have
snakes, and the flowers will cause damage if you get close. Also
remember not to stay still or the falling rocks may get you.

Make your way across the mountains, and stay as high as possible
to ensure you don't fall and die. Head down when you reach the
third mountain and look for the blue key in front of a hole. Free
the trapped mouse and leave.

Head right and get to the top of the next mountain to cross a long
bridge reach the exit.

The Dry Lands
Another desert area, and this time an annoying vulture will be
swooping down to attack you. Simply head right and jump into the
holes. Some of the holes will be guarded by a snake that appears
when you get near, so make sure to jump straight into the hole
in order to kill the snake.

The first three holes will be empty or have the usual items and
spiders, but the fourth hole is where you'll find the blue key.
Return to the third hole after you free the mouse to find the EXIT
sign inside and to the right.

Boss: Vulture
Sylvester will fly around hanging from a vulture and dropping TNTs.
You will have to pick up one TNT at a time by pressing Down, then
throw it up with button 2. Time it so that the TNT blows up just as
it hits Sylvester.

All it takes it 6 hits to take him out and move on.

                 3.2  Sylvester's Island of Danger

A Weekend In Hawaii 1
Man, this one's easy. I made it through the first time without a
hit. Just head right, and kill any crabs along the way. Lava drops
will fall as you head to the right, so never remain in one spot
too long. Some areas will have floating chunks of rock. Jump on
them when they get near.

You'll find the green key on a little island right after the staring
island. The key will be on the bottom level. Run right from there
to get to the sign at the end.

A Weekend In Hawaii 2
This is just like the last area. Make your way to the right, and
always look ahead for the next chunk of ground. The key will be at
the end of the area. Free the mouse inside and then get the EXIT

The Lake of Piranhas
Swim your way to the right, and don't even bother swimming below the
top of the lake. There's only enemies and other obstacles down there.
So, stick to the top. Swim down when you reach a second bunch of
trees to find the green key. It will be between two patches of tan

Swim right and all the way to the bottom to find the EXIT sign.
Let the octopus swim up before you go for it.

Boss: Row Boat
Sylvester will be floating around in a row boat this time, and
dropping anchors on your head! But don't worry because Speedy can
use that handy clam to pop the anchors back up to Sylvester. Press
button 1 to toss the anchors and hit Sylvester.

It takes about 20 hits, but it's 20 easy hits.

                    3.3  The Faces of Sylvester

Sylvester's Scaffolding
Bah, another easy one. The twist in this area is that a storm cloud
will follow Speedy as he runs around, releasing bolts of lightning
along the way. This simply means you can't stay in one spot too long,
so keep it movin'!

You'll find the blue key near the end of the area, on the ground.
Run to the right after you grab the key and run past the fence to
reach the sign.

The River of Paint
This area's not tough either. Just remember to avoid the blue
spikes at all costs because one hit will kill you. Also avoid the
shots from the guns above, and keep swimming along until you reach
the EXIT at the end.

Mount Sylvester
Run to the far right until you see the rope. Pick it up, then hold
Up and press button 1 to pull yourself up the platforms. Go up and
right, then follow the platforms to the left. You should find a
heart and bread along the way.

Head right again and climb up the first platforms to get up to the
third level. Run to the far left to find some items, as well as a
1-UP on the left. That's an extra life right there, so jump down
and get it!

Climb up again and get to the very top. Head left along the top
platforms to find a bread and the green key. Save the buddy and
return to the right to find the EXIT.

Boss: Glowing Balloons
Here Sylvester will pump balloons and send them after you, but these
balloons can cause damage with one hit. What you can do is hop on
them, or use the infinite amount of hats to pop them.

Beat Sylvester by jumping on the platform and hitting him with
16 hats.

                   3.4  Inside Sylvester's Lair

The Wall of Peril
Head all the way to the right, along the ground if you like. Watch
out for the cannons and the... walking sandals? Whatever they are,
they won't bother you.

You'll eventually hit a wall, so jump on the platforms and run over
it. Get to the area on the right and grab the green key from the
bottom-left corner. The EXIT will be just to the right of that spot.

The High Voltage Zone
Oy, this one's tough. You have to make your way to the right while
avoiding the electricity running through the wires, as well as some
pink tongue monsters. Just avoid the tongue monsters altogether by
jumping over them.

Use the springs between the two green circuits to continue on. Look
down after you pass the first tongue monster and you'll find the
key and a heart. Grab both and move on to find the EXIT sign on a
high platform to the right.

The Cheese Factory
Here you'll be surrounded by a bunch of machinery, including some
green robotic mice. Bounce on them or use hats to destroy them.

Head right to find some electric bolts. These bolts will hit you
no matter what, so jump through the two of them and continue. Hop
up on the moving platforms and onto the red bricks on the left to
find some cheese and replace the heart you lost with the bolts.

Climb up the next platforms and get past a tongue monster, then
head into the tunnel in the top-right corner and find the green
key. Save the buddy and return to the bottom, where you'll find
the EXIT on the far right side.

Boss: Electric Bike
Sylvester's latest contraption is a bike that generates electricity.
Some small electricity bolts will run along the ground and take
half a heart, and the two big bolts in the middle of the room will
kill you instantly. Avoid those at all costs.

To attack Sylvester you'll need to collect a bomb from between the
two bolts and throw it from that same spot. Press button 2 to throw
the bomb and make it land under Sylvester. It only takes 10 hits
to blow him up.

Final boss: Evil Crane!
Yup, Sylvester's final attempt at catching Speedy is a large green
crane. The yellow hooks won't actually hurt you, in fact the only
way to die is by falling in the melted cheese.

TNTs will appear in the air as the cheese floats across the screen,
and you'll need to use those TNTs to hit Sylvester. Wait about
1 and a half seconds and toss the TNT up to hit Sylvester just as
it blows up. You will only need to hit Sylvester 6 times to finally
finish him off and end the game.


Congratulations, you just saved Speedy's girlfriend and all of his
other buddies. Enjoy the ending, and...

                        THANKS FOR PLAYING!!!


===== 4.0 CODES & SECRETS ==========================================

None are known at this time.


===== 5.0 LEGAL / MISC. ============================================

                        5.1  Version History

2013.05.02 - Version 1.0: Updated to include Game Gear.

2005.09.05 - Version 0.9: Cheese Cat-astrophe is completed.

                         5.2  Guide Credits

Thanks to...

1. Warner Bros. and Sega for creating this game.

2. Wilson Lau, whose Bart vs. the Space Mutants guide inspired me to
write video game guides.

3. Masamune3 and the rest of the SMS-lovin' cats.

                      5.3  Contact Information

subsane at gmail dot com

                          5.4  Legal Stuff

1. "Cheese Cat-astrophe starring Speedy Gonzales" is copyright
(C) 1995 WB Consumer Products and Sega. Speedy Gonzales, Sylvester,
and all related characters are property of Warner Bros.

2. This guide copyright (C) SubSane. This guide may be distributed
freely as long as it remains in its ORIGINAL and UNALTERED form. It
is only for private use and may not be reproduced for commercial

If I should discover that this guide has been altered in any way and
is being displayed publicly, I reserve the right to have the guide
removed from that location.