Phozon

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Phozon
Phozon arcade flyer.jpg
Arcade flyer
Developer(s) Namco
Publisher(s) Namco
Platform(s) Arcade, iOS
Release date(s) Arcade
  • JP August 1983
iOS
  • WW January 26, 2012
Genre(s) Action
Mode(s) Up to 2 players, alternating turns
Cabinet Upright, cabaret, and cocktail
Arcade system Namco Phozon
CPU 3x Motorola M6809 @ 1.536 MHz
Sound 1x Namco WSG @ 1.536 MHz
Display Vertical orientation, Raster, 224 x 288 resolution

Phozon (フォゾン Fozon?) is an arcade game that was released by Namco in 1983 only in Japan. It is based on the science of Chemistry, and was the first of only two games from the company to run on three Motorola M6809 microprocessors instead of just two. It was also the first game from the company that had been confined to Japan since Kaitei Takara Sagashi in 1980.

Gameplay[edit]

Screenshot of the game

The player must take control of the Chemic, a small black atom with red spikes which must adhere itself to passing Moleks (which come in four different colours: cyan, green, pink and yellow) in order to duplicate the patterns shown in the centre of the screen; if a Molek adheres itself to the Chemic incorrectly, the player must press the reject button to throw it away. The singular enemy in the game is the Atomic, a malevolent clump of balls which moves randomly around the screen, and will kill the Chemic if it merely touches it - however, the Chemic can counter-attack by adhering itself to a Power Molek (which are slightly larger than the regular Moleks, and first appear in the game's second world: once the Chemic has adhered itself to one, the adhered Moleks will spin around rapidly, and their speed will decrease to denote the nearing of the Power Molek's ending time limit). But the Atomic has a nasty habit of splitting up and reforming in order to cover more ground, and even the Power Moleks cannot match up to the Atomic's deadly Alpha- and Beta-Rays which can instantly cause them to float away (along with the regular Moleks) on contact; there are total of eighteen unique patterns which must be duplicated in the game, and every fourth stage is a "challenging stage" where the Chemic can fire yellow Moleks in four directions at the Atomic.

Ports[edit]

Phozon was re-released as part of Namco Museum Volume 3 for the Sony PlayStation along with Dig Dug, Ms. Pac-Man (originally created by Midway Games), Pole Position II and other Namco games (however, in the North American version, the Japanese text was removed). Another port was released for the iOS mobile device, as part of the Namco Arcade application.

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