Hot-B/Opera House (SMS)
SPS Co (X68000)
|Publisher(s)||Taito (MSX2, FC, PCE)|
|Designer(s)||Yukio Abe Fujiwara Eihiro|
|Programmer(s)||Funky George (FC)|
|Artist(s)||Nekoto Jr (FC)|
|Composer(s)||Planet2, Soul Duke (FC)|
|Platform(s)||Arcade, MSX2, PC Engine, Famicom, Master System, X68000|
|Mode(s)||Single-player, two-player (alternating)|
Cloud Master is a horizontally scrolling shooter released for the arcade by Taito in 1988. Home versions were released for the Master System, PC Engine, and Famicom, with all save the Master System version released only in Japan. The PC Engine version of the game is titled Gokuraku! Chuuka Taisen (極楽!中華大仙). The Famicom version is titled Chuuka Taisen.
The player controls Mike Chen floating on a cloud, maneuvering around the screen and shooting balls of energy at flying enemies. Powerups can be collected for stronger and faster firepower. Some parts of the game stage have doors that give the player the opportunity to buy special bomb types with collectible credits. Each stage has its own mini-boss and big boss. The player restarts at certain checkpoints after losing a life.
In Japan, Game Machine listed Cloud Master on their August 15, 1988 issue as being the sixteenth most-successful table arcade unit of the month.
In 2008, Starfish SD, a company founded by former Hot-B employees, bought the rights from Taito and developed a remake for the Nintendo Wii. It was released under the title The Monkey King: The Legend Begins, dubbed Shin Chuuka Taisen: Michael to Meimei no Bouken in Japan. A Nintendo Switch port, titled Chuka Taisen, was released on September 6, 2018.
- Kalata, Kurt (January 10, 2014). "Hardcore Gaming 101: Cloud Master / Chuuka Taisen". Hardcore Gaming 101. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
- "Game Machine's Best Hit Games 25 - テーブル型TVゲーム機 (Table Videos)". Game Machine (in Japanese). No. 338. Amusement Press, Inc. 15 August 1988. p. 21.
- "中華大仙". Nintendo (in Japanese). Retrieved October 24, 2021.