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Psikyo was a defunct Japanese videogame company active between 1992 and 2005 that specialized in vertical Shoot 'em Up and erotic Mahjong games. Psikyo was founded by former Video System employees who worked on Turbo Force and the first Aero Fighters.
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Following financial troubles, Psikyo was acquired by X-Nauts in 2002. X-Nauts primarily released Compilation Re-release of Psikyo's shmups, low-budget 2D games and a Sequel of Sengoku Ace series (Sengoku Cannon: Sengoku Ace Episode III) before itself going bankrupt in 2005. Recently, a whole decade after the bankrupcy of both companies, Korean company Mobirix adquired the right of various Psikyo games and developed mobile ports for Android and iOS, mostly their Shoot 'em Up games, like Strikers 1945 II, Tengai (Sengoku Blade) and Gunbird 2. At the end of 2017, Japanese developer Zerodiv started releasing ports of Psikyo's games to the Nintendo Switch for eShop and in 2018 as physical games by H2 Interactive under the publishing of Arc System Works.

The Other Wiki has an article about this company, also Hardcore Gaming 101 has reviews for various of the games they made, as well the ones by X-Nauts.

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Famous games developed and published by Psikyo (and X-Nauts):

  • Battle K-Road
  • Cannon Spike (developed for Capcom)
  • Cho Aniki: Seinaru Protein Densetsu
  • Daraku Tenshi: The Fallen Angels (developed by The Steel Hearts)
  • Dragon Blaze
  • G-Taste Mahjong (based on the famous Hentai series of the same name)
  • Gunbird series (published by Capcom)
    • Gunbarich (a Breakout game which is a spin-off of this series)
  • Lode Runner: The Dig Fight
  • Sengoku Ace seriesnote 
  • Sol Divide: Sword of Darkness
  • Space Bomber
  • Strikers 1945 series
  • Taisen Hot Gimmick series (famous erotic Mahjong games)
    • Taisen Net Gimmick: Capcom vs. Psikyo All Stars (SFW Mahjong crossover with this company)
  • Zero Gunner series

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Psikyo/X-Nauts provides examples of:

  • After the End/Apocalypse Anarchy: The main plot of Daraku Tenshi: The Fallen Angels.
  • Bowdlerise: In Sengoku Ace series, Koyori shows an Absolute Cleavage. In the 2014 Sengoku Blaze/Tengai port made for iOS and Android, that was covered with more clothes below the haori (kimono jacket).
  • Breaking Out: There's a Gunbird Spin-Off called Gunbarich starred by Marion, the protagonist of Gunbird series, which is a Breakout/Arkanoid game.
  • Breakout Characters: Koyori and Tengai, both from Sengoku Ace series. The former became the Mascot and face of this series as well for the company itself, the latter first appears as one of the pilots of the first Strikers 1945 and later became part of Sengoku Ace series as well appeared in other Psikyo games.
    • The special case is Ayin, which appeared in a lot of videogames of the company, mostly for Shoot 'em Up games, appearing in the 3 most important series of the company: Sengoku Ace, Gunbird and Strikers 1945.
  • Bullet Hell: The bread and butter of Psikyo's shmups, Cannon Spike included.
  • Collision Damage: In some Psikyo STGs, notably the Strikers 1945 series, collision damage would only make your ship power down a level instead of instantly kill you like a bullet would. Players could abuse this to milk the appearance of targets containing powerups for extra points during boss fights or to control the game's rank.
  • Compilation Re-release: The Psikyo Shooting Collection released for PlayStation 2 in 2004 by X-Nauts and distribuited by Taito in Japan and by 505 GameStreet in Europe, 3 volumes in where compiled 2 games for each compilation: Strikers 1945 I & II (Vol.1), Sengoku Ace & Sengoku Blade (Vol.2; released separately in Europe under Samurai Aces and Tengai names) and its 2 medieval shmups: Sol Divide & Dragon Blaze (Vol.3). Not to mention Gunbird Special Edition released at the same year, that compiles the 2 games of this series.
  • Crossover: Mostly with Capcom, the 2 notable crossovers are Morrigan Aensland as Secret Character in console versions of Gunbird 2 (game distributed by Capcom) and the Mahjong Crossover Taisen Net Gimmick: Capcom vs. Psikyo All Stars for Sega Dreamcast.
  • Cute 'em Up: Gunbird series. Space Bomber, in a way, is this too.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Daraku Tenshi: The Fallen Angels, Japanese and English names of the same game, respectively. Usually the game is known as one of these 2 names instead using the 2 at the same time.
  • Fighting Game: Psikyo has very few titles in this genre, but aren't less known for them: Battle K-Road and Daraku Tenshi: The Fallen Angels. Also, some of the character designers of the latter game passed to SNK to create some designs for The King of Fighters '99note  and years later created their own company, Circle Edge, and made Yatagarasu.
  • Freemium: Mobirix's iOS and Android ports of Strikers 1945 II, Strikers 1945 III and Tengai (Sengoku Blade) add leaderboards, achievements, multiplayer, ads, and... locking all but the first character, maybe giving a second character if an achievement is complete. The rest can be earned grinding through hundreds of playthroughs to earn gems to unlock a character. Or buy $15 worth of gems to unlock all the characters, and further spend gems and gold for power-ups and continues.
  • In Name Only:
  • Japanese Spirit: Mostly seen in Sengoku Ace series, in which since main characters to final bosses are based on classic Japanese mythologies and stereotypes.
  • Licensed Games: Psikyo made some games for other game series (like Lode Runner and Cho Aniki) as well licenses from other media (like G-Taste hentai series, a Mahjong game.)
  • Mascot: Marion, the bratty witch from Gunbird series. Also Koyori from Sengoku Ace series.
  • Meaningful Name: The company name, "Psikyo", is a pun of Saikyonote , which it's pronounced like this word. Also, the kanjis of the word "Saikyo" in red are shown above the logo sometimes, as you can see in the image of this page.
  • Medieval European Fantasy: Two of Psikyo's shmups are settled in this: Dragon Blaze (Not to Be Confused with another Dragon Blaze) and Sol Divide: Sword of Darkness.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Koyori from Sengoku Ace series, definitely. Also, some of the girls of this series.
  • Shoot 'em Up: Probably the main videogame genre Psikyo became specialist, especially in The '90s. Some of its famous game series are in this genre: Strikers 1945, Gunbird and Sengoku Ace.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Inverted in Strikers 1945, in which all pilots are beautiful women... and Ayin.
  • Spiritual Successor: Psikyo's entire line of vertical shmups are essentially this to the first Aero Fighters. The first Gunbird and Sengoku Ace were indistinguishable from it gameplay-wise, featuring the same format and mechanic, down to the final power-up level having limited ammo.
    • Strictly Formula: Starting with Strikers 1945, Psikyo's games started to add hooks to differentiate themselves, but the game still adhered to a rigid formula: the first three or four stages ate randomly ordered each playthrough, the player character has four power-up levels, stages are short, bosses have multiple phases, usually going from a vehicle to a more humanod or animalistic form, etc. Quite tellingly, every games from Gunbird to Dragon Blaze used the same power-up/bombs and bullets sprites.
    • Same Face, Different Name: One of the last Cho Aniki games was developed by Psikyonote  few time before NCS went to bankrupcy. The final result was a typical Psikyo STG using the Cho Aniki franchise.
    • Being made by the same group of creators, Yatagarasu is this to Daraku Tenshi.
  • Tabletop Game: As STGs, other of Psikyo's trademark games are their Mahjong video games, mostly known for their lewd Taisen Hot Gimmick series.
  • Tournament Arc: The main plot of one of his fighting games, Battle K-Road.
  • Translation Matchmaking: Gunbird came to the US and Europe as Mobile Light Force. Also, Alfa System's Castle of Shikigami came to the US as Mobile Light Force 2, and to PAL regions as MLF2. The games have no relation to each other, though XS Games' strongly implied they were part of a series of budget-priced Charlie's Angels knockoffs.
  • Updated Re-release:
    • The 2014-2016 ports for Android and iOS of Psikyo's Shoot 'em Up like Tengai/Sengoku Blade, Gunbird 2 and Strikers 1945 II, all made by Korean company Mobirix.
    • Recently in 2018, Arc System Works will bring Psikyo Collection to the Nintendo Switch in 2 volumesnote , which were already released on the eShop of this console.
  • Vehicular Combat: The Zero Gunner series (basically "Helicopter Combat.")
  • Widget Series: Mostly Sengoku Ace and Gunbird series, which are very well known in Japan and have a cult base that still goes on today. Also Space Bomber, which must be seen to be believed.

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