Cotton: Fantastic Night Dreams
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|Cotton: Fantastic Night Dreams|
Japanese arcade flyer.
Hudson Soft (TurboGrafx-CD)
Electronic Arts (TurboGrafx-CD), (X68000)
|Distribution||CD-ROM (TurboGrafx-CD), (Playstation)
Floppy disk (X68000)
Cartridge (Neo Geo Pocket Color)
Cotton: Fantastic Night Dreams is a scrolling shooter arcade game, released on Sega's Sega System 16B Arcade system board in 1989. It is the first in the Cotton series of videogames. It was ported to both the Sharp X68000 and the NEC TurboGrafx-CD in 1993. The TurboGrafx-CD version was released on Super CD-ROM and features an enhanced redbook audio soundtrack and voice acting on the Japanese release. The game was later ported to Sony PlayStation under the title Cotton Original in 1999. The PlayStation release combines the enhanced digital CD-ROM soundtrack of TurboGrafx-CD release and the gameplay/graphics of the original Arcade version. A version was ported to the Neo Geo Pocket Color in 2000. Due to hardware limitations the Neo Geo Pocket Color features less detailed graphics and sound compared to previous versions, however it is still a faithful version of the original in terms of gameplay.
The player controls Cotton, a young witch on a broomstick. The player must blast various monsters and avoid being shot. The player can collect power-ups to enhance their weaponry and unleash a more powerful attack on the enemy. The player has lives represented by an arrow. The player has three lives and is only allowed one hit per life.
Comparisons to similar games
Cotton: Fantastic Night Dreams plays in a similar way to other scrolling shooter video games such as R-Type. What distinguishes Cotton: Fantastic Night Dreams from other games of a similar ilk is its bright colourful graphics and its lead character, Cotton. The game also takes place in a fantasy dream-like world instead of space like many other shooting games. The game can be compared to other fantasy Shoot 'em up games like Parodius. It bears most similarities in style to the Chariot game on Three Wonders.
The arcade version was released in Japan, America and a 'World' system board for other territories such as Europe. The arcade system board is listed on Killer List of Videogames as being uncommon, with just six members owning a board. A port of the game was released in America and Japan for the TurboGrafx-CD. The game had a Japan and Europe only release for the Neo Geo Pocket Color. Due to Cotton's cult status the games are sought after among collectors and can fetch high prices.