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Developer(s) Taito
  • JP: Taito
Platform(s) Arcade
Release 1987
Genre(s) Shoot 'em up
Mode(s) Single-player, 2 players alternating turns
Sound YM2151
Display Horizontal, 256 x 224 pixels, 1024 colors

Exzisus is a 1987 Horizontal scrolling shooter arcade game released by Taito Corporation, and published overseas by TAD Corporation. The player controls a giant robot that can transform into a space-ship or be accompanied by robotic animal helpers in an attempt to free four planets from a mechanical enemy.


Players control a giant flying robot that can walk along the surface of each level as well as crouch. The robot is equipped to fire bombs from its back and shots from its gun simultaneously. By collecting A items, the robot can transform into a ship which had the advantage of adding one extra point of health and increasing speed. However, once the player transforms into the ship, the ship can not brush against the surface of the level or it would count as a hit. Despite that, the surface will disappear during boss fights, yet the ship and its bombs can still detect it, though the ship will not be damaged by it.

Any mechanical animals assisting the player during robot form will converge with the robot once the A item was collected, combining their firepower. The levels contain checkpoints, though an on-screen map also shows the player how close to the end they are. While destroying enemy waves, there is always a midsection composed of various barriers that the player needs to avoid getting hit by such as asteroids and ice-blocks. During a boss fight, the map will change to the boss' health meter. Extra players are awarded with every 100,000 points.

Home Releases[edit]

Exzisus was included in compilations of Taito arcade games - Taito Memories II Joukan for the PlayStation 2 in Japan, and Taito Legends volume 1 for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and Windows in North America and Europe.

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