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An unusual coin-op made by Capcom in 1991, composed of three different games among which the player could choose: a Platform Game (Midnight Wanderers: quest for the Chariot), a Shoot 'Em Up (Chariot - adventure through the sky) and a Puzzle Game (Don't Pull). Strangely enough, Chariot was also the direct sequel to Midnight Wanderers.

Since Don't Pull has no plot to speak of, here's the story behind the world of Midnight Wanderers and Chariot: the demon Gaia stole the legendary Chariot of Light, symbol of the Kingdom of Ashtar, and turned all the inhabitants of Ashtar into wooden statues. Lou and Siva, the wanderers of the title, are the kingdom's only hope: they must enter Gaia's castle, defeat the demon and use the magical Card of the Dawn to re-awaken the Chariot. After having recovered the artifact, Lou and Siva must use it to fly into the sky and save the princess of Ashtar who was kidnapped by Gaia's superior, Lar.

The game(s) was ported to Sega Saturn and Play Station in 1998, and later included in Capcom's Classics Collection for Play Station 2 and Xbox. Most recently, the game has also seen a rerelease as a part of Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium in 2022, available as a pre-order bonus for Capcom Fighting Collection. Lou and Siva made only a few appearances in subsequent Capcom games, most notably in Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes as helpers. Strangely enough, both of them also made cameos on the cover of issue #77 of Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics).

Midnight Wanderers provides examples of:

  • All Trolls Are Different: The most common enemy type, here they are very goblin-like rogues.
  • Assist Character: In Midnight Wanderers, you can pick up three different creatures who will follow you around and attack when you do: a little flame that breathes fire, a ghost that shoots a ground-following beam, and a little black blob that gains energy balls as you move that home in on enemies (very similar to the cleric in Magic Sword)
  • Automatic Crossbows: Lou uses one, shaped like a gun.
  • BFS: The third boss, Dougar, uses a huge sword that he tries to stab you with.
  • Big Bad: Gaia, the god of the earth itself.
  • Breath Weapon: The flamethrower guy in the Terror Twins duo and the fat frog-like Mook both attack by breathing fire at you.
  • Crossover: Gaia and Laru (swordsman from the Terror Twins) appear in the quiz game Adventure Quiz: Capcom World 2. In Capcom's Crossover shooter game Cannon Spike, the character of Shiba Shintaro is based off Siva. Lou also appears as one of several Assist Characters in Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes.
  • Clothing Damage: Just like in Ghosts 'n Goblins, a more well-known Capcom production, getting hit once in Midnight Wanderers doesn't kill you, but strips you to your underwear. One more hit and you're history, though.
  • Degraded Boss: The flamethrower guy from the Terror Twins and Dumpty return as generic enemies in the later stages.
  • The Dragon: Moeban, a sun-like demon who is Gaia's right hand man and the penultimate boss. He is often seen ordering the other bosses around.
  • Dual Boss: The second boss are a pair of skie pirates, fittingly named, the Terror Twins. The Dumpty Mini-Boss may count as well.
  • Dual Wield: Siva, who duel wields some sharp knives.
  • Dumb Muscle: The first boss, Balgoss. A huge terrifying giant that is nevertheless quite dim-witted, making him easy to outmaneuver.
  • Evil Laugh: Some Mooks have a comic book-like "HA HA HA" over their heads while attacking you.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The Midnight Wanderers title is written in the iconic, red-and-yellow Indiana Jones font.
    • Balgoss has a splitting jaw that looks like the one Predator has.
  • Taken for Granite: Instead of stone, everyone in Ashtar is turned into wooden statues by Gaia's magic.

Chariot provides examples of:

  • Backup Twin: Possibly in the case of sixth boss Alcazar, which is identical to Midnight Wanderers Moeban.
  • Big Bad: Lar, a mysterious sun-themed spirit who was Gaia's superior.
  • Dual Boss: Unsurprisingly Gemini, the third boss, is this. Two huge maidens who start beautiful, but steadily deteriorate into gruesome skeletons.
  • Floating Continent: The scenery in Stage 06 shows several chunks of land (and castles) floating around.

Don't Pull provides examples of:

  • Punny Name: The player characters are named Don and Pull.