Cotton: Fantastic Night Dreams
Japanese arcade flyer
Hudson Soft (TurboGrafx-CD)
Electronic Arts (TurboGrafx-CD), (X68000)
Cotton: Fantastic Night Dreams (コットン FANTASTIC NIGHT DREAMS) is a scrolling shooter arcade game developed by Success and published by Sega on Sega's Sega System 16B Arcade system board in 1991 as is the first entry in the Cotton series. It was ported to both the Sharp X68000 and the NEC TurboGrafx-CD (also known as PC Engine) 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 the PlayStation under the title SuperLite 1500 Series - Fantastic Night Dreams - Cotton Original in 1999. A downgraded version was released for the Neo Geo Pocket Color in 2000.
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 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.
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The arcade version was released in Japan, North 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 PlayStation release combines the enhanced digital CD-ROM soundtrack of TurboGrafx-CD release and the gameplay/graphics of the original arcade version.
The game had a Japan and Europe only release for the Neo Geo Pocket Color. 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.
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