Blazer (video game)

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Blazer arcade flyer.jpg
Arcade flyer
Developer(s) Namco
Publisher(s) Namco
Platform(s) Arcade
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Isometric shooter
Mode(s) Up to 2 players, alternating turns
Cabinet Upright, cabaret, and cocktail
Arcade system Namco System 1
CPU 2x Motorola M6809 @ 2.048 MHz,
1x Motorola M6809 @ 1.536 MHz,
1x Hitachi HD63701 @ 1.536 MHz
Sound 1x Yamaha YM2151 @ 3.57958 MHz,
1x Namco CUS30 @ 96 kHz,
1x DAC
Display Vertical orientation, Raster, 224 x 288 resolution

Blazer (ブレイザー Bureizā?) is an isometric perspective scrolling shooter arcade game that was released by Namco in 1987, only in Japan; it runs on the company's System 1 hardware, and was one of the first 16-bit games to use a three-quarter-view perspective (another one of them is Namco's own Pac-Mania).


The player must alternate between a tank named "Vanguard" and a helicopter named "Maiheriko" (and for the tenth and final mission, a boat named "Maiboto"), to kill enemies both on land and in the air. Some air-based enemies will leave behind powerups for Vanguard to collect, when hit by its anti-aircraft missiles; they can restore its fuel, increase its fuel capacity, make it invulnerable for a short period of time, and even grant it an extra life if it manages to collect enough of them (which is initially thirteen, but it can go up to sixteen).


This game was dedicated to Shoko Tamako Sumie from all its staff;[2] upon completion of the game, it gives a list of schematics for the player tank, and a passage from In The Cold Morning Of August.


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