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Momoko 120% is an Arcade Game released by Jaleco in 1986. Released only in Japan, this is a Platform Game / Run-and-Gun in which the player controls a girl, Momoko, as she tries to escape her burning school building. Each stage of the game has escalators, trampolines, and secret passages to help Momoko reach the blimp waiting above the roof.

The game was originally intended to be a Licensed Game called Urusei Yatsura: Lum no Wedding Bell, but the arcade version was released as Momoko 120% due to licensing issues. After the licensing issues were resolved, the game came out on Nintendo Entertainment System as originally intended. The characters were changed, but the gameplay remained intact.

Momoko herself would later appear as a playable character in Game Tengoku.

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  • And Now For Something Completely Different: The final level involves Momoko collecting items, which were virtually absent throughout the game, for bonus points while a timer counts down.
  • Babies Ever After: The ending cutscene shows a newborn baby hovering over Momoko and her bridegroom as they clasp hands and hearts float up.
  • Incredibly Durable Enemies: By comparison, anyway. While most enemies are killed in one hit, the tall green aliens take several hits to actually put down — much more if you count the waves of baby aliens they send forth.
  • Mood Whiplash: Some secret passages warp Momoko to an obstacle course in some very odd places. One appears to be in the vacuum of space, while another appears to be either in a monster's innards, or perhaps Hell. And of course, both are on fire.
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  • Mooks but No Bosses: The game has no final boss, and no minibosses to be seen.
  • Multi-Mook Melee: Especially prominent in later parts of the game, where you can get stuck in place for awhile simply because you're mowing down a wave of enemies.
  • On-Site Procurement: There are no shops or cutscenes, so your weapon upgrades come through gameplay alone.
  • One-Hit Point Wonder: Momoko dies in one hit, but so do most enemies. Subverted with the tall green aliens, which take a surprising number of hits to kill.
  • Overnight Age-Up: Upon completing a level, Momoko gets older and changes outfits before beginning the next level. She starts out as a 4-year-old, progresses through various ages until she becomes an 18-year-old idol singer, and finishes out the game as a bride at her own wedding.
  • Walking Disaster Area: Momoko has to escape five alien-infested burning buildings during the first 18 years of her life.

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