70's Robot Anime Geppy-X
|70's Robot Anime Geppy-X|
|Genre(s)||Side Scrolling Shooting game|
70's Robot Anime Geppy-X is a 1999 Japanese video game released for the Sony PlayStation home console. Developed and published by Aroma it is a side scrolling shooting game (STG) set in a world that is a homage to mecha anime of the 70's.
70s Robot Anime Geppy-X is a 2D side scrolling shooting game. Stages in the game are presented as if they were episodes of a fictitious episodic anime series named Geppy-X. Following the anime episode format, stages play the format of opening theme, Part A, eye catch, Part B, ending theme, and ending on a next episode preview. The stages even include fake commercials and its own theme music. For example, one such commercial in the game promotes a fictitious series which is a parody of Ashita no Joe, and another for merchandise related to the show such as shampoo.
The titular robot, Geppy-X, can transform into three different robot forms, each modeled after famous 70's robots.
The game only has nine actual stages despite taking up four compact discs.
The game was developed by Japanese game developer Aroma, and is an affectionate parody of mecha anime series from the 1970's, such as those created by Go Nagai. These include the Go Nagai series Grendizer, Mazinger-Z, and especially Getter Robo (which was actually created by Ken Ishikawa, a manga artist who regularly worked with Go Nagai).
The game takes up a total of four compact discs, and makes heavy use of full motion video, and game music. For comparison, the game Final Fantasy VIII also used that many discs. In total, there are 8000 video clips used in the game.
The game was released on May 27, 1999 for the Sony PlayStation and was published by the Aroma Corporation. The game was never released outside of Japan, and it has never been re-released on the PlayStation Network's Game Archives.
Upon release, four reviewers for Famitsu gave the game a total score of 26/40. Reviewers appreciated the thoroughness of the dedication to recreating a 1970's mecha anime in game form, including even commercials and songs. They said that anyone familiar with those series would find it rather nostalgic. Spanish gaming magazine Superjuegos said the game would be a rather unremarkable shooting game with graphics that looked like it came from the Super Famicom, if it weren't for the replication of a 70's anime series. The presentation was so thorough, that the author spent weeks searching on the internet to see if there was a real Geppy-X anime series. Despite that however, the writer said that there were other better shooting games for the PlayStation.
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- "Manga Zone: 70's Robot Anime: Geppy-X". Superjuegos. No. 88. August 1999.
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