Video Game / Panzer Bandit
is a 1997 Japan-only Beat 'em Up
developed by Fill-in Café and published by Banpresto for the PlayStation
. The game is a mix of 2D sprites with 3D backgrounds
, with sprite-based characters running in a 2.5D
environment. The game plays similarly to Treasure's Guardian Heroes
, except with only two planes of movement to jump back and forth from. Each character has three basic attack options: two melee attacks and one energy draining
special. There are special moves done with button combinations, as well as powerful Hyper Attacks
, both of which cost energy as well (which is recovered by rackiung up big combos
Set in a not-so distant future
where the natural sources of energy are disappearing due to human consumption. Then along it comes an evil organization known as Ark, with their whale-shaped air fortress
and gang of robot mooks
seeking to claim the remaning sources of energy to, obviously, Take Over the World
. Good scientist Kron confronts the heads of Ark: the Mad Scientist
Farado and his ally Golden, but can't do much to stop them. Thus, he gathers a 4-man team (comprised of Kou
) in order to get back at Ark and stop their plans.
The game was re-released in 2011 via Play Station Network
in Japan, this time published by Bandai Namco
. Not to be mistaken for Panzer Dragoon
This game provides examples of:
- 2½D: In similar veins to Guardian Heroes though with only two changeable planes.
- A Kid and Their X: Kou, Kasumi, Jin are accompanied by a Robot Buddy each. In Kasumi's case, one that resembles a fox.
- Action Girl: Kasumi.
- Airborne Aircraft Carrier: Shaped like whales.
- Airborne Mooks: The very annoying flying Elite Mooks from later stages that drops bombs on you.
- All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Right after the first four main missions, Farado ends up raiding the Home Base, setting up the fifth stage.
- Ambiguously Brown: Jin.
- Anime Theme Song: Accompanied by a nice anime intro. The song is "Wings of Dream".
- Ax-Crazy: Fourth boss Mudou, which seems unable to stop cackling. Farado seems to go nuts after his first defeat, too.
- Bare Your Midriff: Kasumi is showing off some midriff with her outfit. Senka's showing off more than just her midriff.
- Badass Adorable: Miu, a Cute Witch that fights with a Mini-Mecha.
- Badass Biker: Ein, during the credits roll.
- Beard of Evil: Farado.
- BFS: The second boss Jingoro carries one.
- Big Bad: Farado.
- Boss Rush: The final stage has you re-fighting past bosses before the final showdown.
- Blush Sticker: Miu has them on.
- Blow You Away: Several of Senka's special attacks, including one of her Hypers.
- Cat Girl: Senka.
- Charged Attack: By holding the attack button, one can charge-up Kou/Jin's energy ball, which increases in size and deals more damage/hits.
- Classic Cheat Code: All the boss characters can be unlocked in Story Mode and VS. Mode through a cheat code in the Options menu. There is another to enable vibration setting if you're using a DualShock controller.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Golden, who only appears in the Attract Mode intro as an ally of Farado, is nowhere to be seen in the game proper.
- Collapsing Lair: The Final Boss fight starts while the air fortress is exploding.
- Cool Airship: Whale-shaped airships!!
- Co-Op Multiplayer: The Story Mode can be played with two players for more button-mashing goodness.
- Competitive Multiplayer: The VS. Mode allows you and another player (add another two more if you have the multitap) can duke it out in Free Battle, Team VS., and Battle Royale.
- Curtains Match the Window: Kou's hair matches with his blue eyes.
- Cyborg: Ein.
- Dash Attack: A possible maneuver for some of the characters.
- Dark Action Girl: Senka.
- Double Unlock: To unlock the boss characters in VS. Mode, you first have go through the Story Mode as the good guys to unlock their respective boss characters, then play the Story Mode as each of the bosses to unlock them in VS. Mode.
- Dramatic Thunder: Farado gets one after his first form's defeat.
- Dumb Muscle: Gustaff, the first boss of the game.
- Elevator Action Sequence: The eighth and final stage is comprised entirely of a descending elevator as one faces each one of the bosses in quick succession.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Mecha-Monkeys appear as giant mooks and mini-bosses.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: Miu's mecha has a spin attack and it can spin its hands like a drill.
- Evil Counterpart: Jin is one to Kou, and actually plays identical to him save one different Hyper.
- Fake Difficulty: You only have a limited amount of continues in Story Mode (3 by default, up to a max of 5) and there's no to gain more during gameplay.
- Five-Man Band:
- Frickin' Laser Beams: Ein uses them in both Special (which can be aimed low and high as an anti-air) and Hyper variant. Tsubai, being his Expy, has also extensive use of them.
- Gatling Good: Tsubai has them build into his arms.
- Gentle Giant: Ein, as seen in the animated intro when he covers a flower from being crushed by debris with his own body.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: Kou's and Jin's method of fighting.
- The Gunslinger: Ein.
- Hellish Pupils: Jin.
- Humongous Mecha: Farado's One-Winged Angel form, as well as Shiden.
- Kamehame Hadoken: Kou has a special move where he can shoot fireballs from his hands, and it can changed up to a more powerful shot.
- Kid Hero: All main characters except Ein.
- Knife Nut: Kasumi. She fights by dual-wielding knives in the reverse grip, and she can also throw them as a special attack.
- Lean and Mean: Farado is quite the skinny one, specially compared to pretty much any other character.
- Life Meter: A basic gauge-type life meter.
- Life Drain: One of the attacks of fourth boss Mudou consists of a small black orb that steals life and turns it into a collectable (for him only) pick-up.
- Limit Break: When the special meter starts flashing, your character can perform a powerful Hyper Attack that deals high damage to your enemies.
- Mad Bomber: Ein and Tsubai. Farado's Spider Tank vomits them as attacks.
- Mad Scientist: Dr. Farado.
- Mini-Boss: Several.
- Mini-Mecha: Miu rides one, which can get easily trashed (forcing the player to walk around with the weak Miu until the energy bar fills up again and she can summon a new one). Several mini-bosses are pretty much this, ridden by mooks.
- Mirror Boss: Jin and Tsubai are pretty much copies of Kou and Ein (Jin is 100% a Moveset Clone of Kou).
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Dr. Farado.
- More Dakka: Ein, to the extreme. One of Tsubai's Hyper has him opening several parts of his armor to reveal a dozen guns.
- Ms. Fanservice: Senka is showing off copious amounts of skin above the waist.
- No-Sell: Shiden, which makes him a very annoying boss.
- Palette Swap: Possible in the VS. Mode by holding down the shoulder buttons while selecting your character. A palette swap is also invoked when you play as one of the bosses by swapping the player's palette rather than the bosses.
- Paper Fan of Doom: Senka uses one, though entirely as her deadly Weapon of Choice.
- Powered Armor: Gustaff is clad in a massive armor.
- Playing with Fire: Several characters' Hypers.
- The Rival: Jin to Kou.
- Rocket Punch: Shiden can extend his punch in a similar manner.
- Rolling Attack: Mudou's specialty.
- Scoring Points: You gain points for every successful blow you land like in other brawlers, and beating the tar out of your enemies can cause coins to drop for extra points. A successful Hyper Attack can not only lead to turning tide in battle, but also causes enemies to cough up more coins, especially the large ones worth lots of points.
- Secret Character: All the bosses can be unlocked for both Story and VS. Mode.
- Ship Level: Stage 3 includes a harbor and ship areas.
- Shock and Awe: Kou, Senka, and Shiden.
- Shoryuken: Kasumi's ↓↓+Attack move has her performing a rising uppercut with her knife.
- Miu has a spinning uppercut attack.
- Simple Staff: Used by one type of mini-boss.
- Smoking Is Cool: Ein's cigar, always on his mouth.
- Spider Tank: Farado's first mecha.
- Sprite/Polygon Mix: The game uses the same engine used in the PlayStation version of Mad Stalker: Full Metal Force (another beat 'em up title by Fill-in Café) and features the use of 2D sprites with 3D effects.
- Storming The Whale-Shaped Air Fortress: Starts in the sixth stage.
- To Be Continued: The ending ends in a "To Be Continued...", which is unlikely to ever happen...
- Title Scream: By one of characters saying the title's name.
- Transforming Mecha: Kou's Robot Buddy transforms into a sword for one of his Hypers. Jin's robot turns into a Sinister Scythe, though the hyper is the same.
- The Unintelligible: Mudou.
- The Voiceless: The fifth and sixth bosses, Tsubai and Shiden, respectively.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Jin and Jingoro.
- Worthy Opponent: Jin sees Kou as the only one worth fighting.
- Wrestler in All of Us: Miu's repertoire includes a multi-directional piledriver.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Kou and Senka.