-->''Blast off!''

''Bosconian'' is a multi-directional {{Shmup}} developed by [[Creator/BandaiNamcoEntertainment Namco]] in 1981 and released overseas by [[Creator/MidwayGames Midway]] later the same year.

As was common back in the day, gameplay was fairly simple: The player took control of his rocket and blasted off to destroy menacing green space stations, asteroid swarms and frighteningly competent enemy ships. More than a mere ''VideoGame/{{Galaxian}}'' knock-off, ''Bosconian'' was unique in that it gave the player not only total directional control over his spaceship, but also the ability to fire additional shots from the aft of the ship.

While never quite so popular as ''Videogame/SpaceInvaders'' or Namco's own ''Videogame/{{Galaga}}'', ''Bosconian'' nevertheless enjoys a strong following and is available on multiple iterations of ''VideoGame/NamcoMuseum'', Plug N' Play TV games, and other retrogaming collections. UsefulNotes/{{Famicom}} space sim ''Star Luster'' has some connections to ''Bosconian'', and Japanese arcades also saw a VerticalScrollingShooter sequel/spin-off called ''Blast Off''.
* AttackItsWeakpoint: The stations have two opposite-facing openings into their cores that the player can shoot into.
* CoresAndTurretsBoss: Each station has six turrets. Destroying all of them will destroy their base.
* EndlessGame: Except for in the UsefulNotes/SharpX68000 port.
* RedAlert: On the "CONDITION" indicator.
* ShoutOut: The title and the names of the enemy ships (Eich/I-Type, Ploor/P-Type, and Eddore/E-Type) are references to the ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' series.
* StalkedByTheBell: When the player takes too long on a level, or miss a spy ship, then condition red begins.
* TheWarSequence: Condition Red, accompanied with an alarm and the repeating "CONDITON RED!!!".
* WrapAround