Out Zone

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Out Zone
Developer(s)Toaplan
Publisher(s)
Composer(s)Tatsuya Uemura
Platform(s)Arcade
Release
Genre(s)run and gun
Mode(s)1-2 players simultaneously
CabinetUpright
CPU68000 (@ 10 MHz), Z80 (@ 3.5 MHz)
SoundYM3812 (@ 3.5 MHz)
DisplayRaster resolution 240×320 (Vertical) Palette Colors 2048

Out Zone (アウトゾーン) is a 1990 arcade game by Toaplan and distributed in the US by Romstar.

Out Zone is a run and gun, which was followed up to FixEight in 1992. In the player controls a soldier who must fight his way through seven increasingly difficult levels. At the end of each level a boss must be defeated before the player can progress any further. Taking place in the year 2097, mankind is invaded by an alien race and it is up to cyborg soldiers controlled by the player to destroy the invasion force.

Gameplay[edit]

As a vertical-scrolling run and gun, the player fights enemies on foot, moving upward through the stage. Since forward movement is not automatic, the game imposes a time limit in the form of an energy bar that slowly drains as time goes on. If the bar empties completely, you lose a life. It is refilled when you pick up "E" icons or complete a level. The energy bar does not represent health, as touching one enemy or bullet will immediately cost you one life. After dying, you reappear at an earlier point in the level.

Weapons[edit]

You can use one of two main weapons, and switch between them by picking up "C" icons. The semi-automatic forward gun shoots forward no matter which way you move, but shoots three bullets in a slight spread each time you press Fire. The all-direction laser fires in the direction of movement, and creates a sweep of bullets as you change direction. It fires rapidly, so you only need to hold down the Fire button. Each weapon is useful in certain situations, and you will often have to switch based on the configuration of enemies.

The two main weapon can be upgraded by picking up to two "P" icons.

Several special bonuses are available as different colored "SP" icons. Two special weapons can really change the face of the game:

  • Super Burner (yellow SP icon) - A directional, limited range weapon. Very destructive, but forces the player to move close to the enemies. Thus, they're risky to use against end-of level bosses.
  • Super Ball (pink SP icon) - An energy ball that circles around the player and can be shot upwards, piercing walls.

The other special bonuses are:

  • 1UP (red SP icon) - Gives the extra life.
  • Speed UP (blue SP icon) - Making movement faster.
  • Shield (pale pink SP icon) - Resembles the color for giving 1-hit shield but getting hit, it doesn't gives any invincibility frames.
  • Energy Extend (green SP icon) - Increases the length of the energy meter.

In desperate situations, you have a supply of bombs, used by pressing the Bomb button. These destroy all minor enemies and bullets on the screen, and severely damage larger foes, but does not make you invincible for any period of time.

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