Gekirindan

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Gekirindan
Developer(s) Taito
Publisher(s) Taito
Platform(s) Arcade
Sega Saturn
PC, Xbox, PS2*
*as part of Taito Legends 2 and Taito Memories
Release date(s) 1995 (arcade)
Genre(s) Shoot 'em up
Mode(s) Single player, Two player
Cabinet Upright
Arcade system Taito F3 System

Gekirindan (逆鱗弾 "Imperial Wrath Bullet"?) is a vertical scrolling shooter developed by Taito where players select one of three different fighters (a futuristic fighter jet, a helicopter conditioned to space travel and a remodeled old-fashioned plane) against a destructive army of mechs throughout different time periods.

Story[edit]

In the year 3195, a time machine is created on Earth and is promptly stolen by an unidentified, mechanized being known only as Huge-Boss. This entity then uses the time machine to travel back in time and destroy 3000 years of human history. The only resistance Huge-Boss faces is a group of pilots from different time periods who aim to stop him, although some of them have their own motives other than saving mankind.

Weapons system[edit]

Each fighter has a different shot pattern that can be upgraded or changed. There are also the side-weapon pick-ups including a pair of homing lasers, diagonal firing napalm and missiles.

Pilots[edit]

Arcade screenshot

Player 1 pilots:

Hokuto: A strong, though effeminate-looking pilot from the 3100s era whose parents were killed by Huge-Boss' attacks. With his mother's hair ribbon as his only tangible remnant of them, Hokuto vows to avenge their deaths with the destruction of Huge-Boss.

Anne: A red-haired young woman from the early twentieth century who pilots a helicopter. She writes all her experiences as she goes through life. This 'Anne' is reminiscent of Anne Shirley, a literary character which is very popular in Japan.

Dietza: A wild rockabilly pilot from 1950s era.

Player 2 pilots:

Grother: A confident, no-jokes pilot from an unknown time period. He keeps a picture of a beautiful dark-haired woman with him, but it is unknown who she is.

Shario: A beautiful and ingenious young woman from the 3100s era who attempts to fulfill the last wishes of her recently deceased sister, which will be accomplished with Huge-Boss' destruction. She always travels with her strange-looking pet cat.

Orsa & Mayoru: Two young elfen pilots and nature lovers, possibly from the 3100s era as well.

Trivia[edit]

  • The soundtrack (composed by Taito's own Zuntata) mostly consists of the first level theme song remixed differently for every level with no boss themes.
  • This game has many references to previous Toaplan / Toaplan-developed Taito games.

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