A 1997 Japan-only Beat 'em Up
developed by Fill-in Cafe 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 similary to Guardian Heroes
, except with only 2 planes of movement to jump back and forth. 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
and Miu) in order to get back at Ark and stop their plans.
This game provides examples of:
- A Boy and His X: Kou, Jin and Kasumi are accompanied by a Robot Buddy each. In Kasumi's case, a fox-shaped one.
- Action Girl: Kasumi.
- Airborne Aircraft Carrier: Shaped like whales.
- Airborne Mooks: The very annoying flying Elite Mooks from later stages.
- All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Right after the first four main missions, Farado ends up raiding the Home Base, setting up the 5th stage.
- Ambiguously Brown: Jin.
- Anime Theme Song: Accompanied by a nice anime intro.
- Ax Crazy: 4th boss Mudou, which seems unable to stop cackling. Farado seems to go nuts after his first defeat, too.
- Badass Adorable: Miu.
- Badass Biker: Ein, during the credits roll.
- Beard of Evil: Farado.
- BFS: 2nd boss Jingoro carries one.
- Big Bad: Farado
- Boss Rush
- 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.
- 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!!
- Cyborg: Ein.
- Dark Action Girl: Senka.
- Dramatic Thunder: Farado gets one after his first form's defeat.
- Dumb Muscle: 1st boss Gustaff.
- Elevator Action Sequence: The 8th 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 and 6th boss Shiden.
- Evil Counterpart: Jin is one to Kou, and actually plays identical to him save one different Hyper.
- 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.
- The Gunslinger: Ein.
- Hellish Pupils: Jin.
- Humongous Mecha: Farado's One-Winged Angel form, as well as Shiden.
- Kid Hero: All main characters except Ein.
- Knife Nut: Kasumi.
- Lean and Mean: Farado is quite the skinny one, specially compared to pretty much any other character.
- To Be Continued: The ending ends in a "To Be Continued...", which is unlikely to ever happen...
- Life Drain: One of the attacks of 4th boss Mudou consists of a small black orb that steals life and turns it into a collectable (for him only) pickup.
- Limit Break
- 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 Palette Swap).
- 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.
- No Export for You
- No Sell: Shiden, which makes him a very annoying boss.
- 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.
- 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: Senka and Shiden.
- 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
- Storming The Whale-Shaped Air Fortress: Starts in the 6th stage.
- Transforming Mecha: Kou's Robot Buddy transforms into a sword for one of his hypers. Jin's black-swapped clone robot turns into a Sinister Scythe, though the hyper is the same.
- The Unintelligible: Mudou.
- The Voiceless: 5th and 6th bosses, Tsubai and Shiden.
- White-Haired Pretty Boy: 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.