Psikyo

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Psikyo
Native name
彩京
Saikyō
Public
IndustryVideo games
Founded1992
Defunct2005[1]
HeadquartersKyoto, Japan
Key people
Shinsuke Nakamura (CEO)

Psikyo[a] was a Japanese video game developer founded in 1992. Psikyo was an offshoot formed from the Video System team that created the Aero Fighters series. The team mainly developed arcade games, mostly vertically scrolling shoot 'em ups and erotic mahjong games. The popularity of these arcade games led to them being ported to home consoles, and then ultimately led to Psikyo developing games for consoles.

Psikyo was acquired by X-Nauts in mid-2002. In 2003, it was reported that Psikyo was shutting down.[2] Shortly afterwards, X-Nauts stated this news was wrong.[3] Games under the Psikyo label would continue to be released, but would be outsourced to other teams.

Psikyo was known for its difficult "second loops"; after completing the game, you start again, with a high difficulty increase over the first "loop" with enemies firing faster and better. This has been present in every Psikyo shooter, since Samurai Aces, and was present in Aero Fighters. This has even been extended to Aero Fighters 2 and Aero Fighters 3, although these games are not developed by Psikyo.

Games developed[edit]

Release Title Genre Arcade release Home Platforms
1993 Sengoku Ace Shooter Yes
1994 Battle K-Road Fighting Yes
Gunbird Shooter Yes PlayStation, Sega Saturn, Yahoo Mobile
1995 Strikers 1945 Shooter Yes PlayStation, Sega Saturn
1996 Sengoku Blade (Tengai) Shooter Yes Sega Saturn
1997 Sol Divide Shooter Yes PlayStation, Sega Saturn
Strikers 1945 II Shooter Yes PlayStation, Sega Saturn
Taisen Hot Gimmick Mahjong Yes
Zero Gunner Shooter Yes
1998 Yoshimoto Mahjong Club Mahjong No Sega Saturn
Gunbird 2 Shooter Yes Sega Dreamcast
Pilot Kids Shooter Yes
Space Bomber Shooter Yes
Taisen Hot Gimmick Kairakuten Mahjong Yes
1999 Pocket Shooting Shooter Yes
Strikers 1945 III Shooter Yes
Strikers 1945 Plus Shooter Yes
Taisen Hot Gimmick 3 Digital Surfing Mahjong Yes
Yoshimoto Mahjong Club Deluxe Mahjong No PlayStation
2000 Cannon Spike (Gunspike) Shooter Yes Sega Dreamcast
Dragon Blaze Shooter Yes
Lode Runner - The Dig Fight Action Yes
Quiz de Idol! Hot Debut Quiz Yes
Taisen Hot Gimmick 4 Ever Mahjong Yes
Ikuze! Onsen Takkyū!! Table tennis No PlayStation 2
2001 Gunbarich Puzzle Yes
Taisen Hot Gimmick Integral Mahjong Yes
Zero Gunner 2 Shooter Yes Sega Dreamcast
Taisen Net Gimmick: Capcom & Psikyo All Stars Mahjong No Sega Dreamcast
2002 G-Taste Mahjong Yes PlayStation 2
2003 Cho Aniki: Legend of Holy Protein Shooter No PlayStation 2
2005 Taisen Hot Gimmick 5 Mahjong Yes
Taisen Hot Gimmick Mix Party Mahjong Yes

Psikyo label games not developed by Psikyo[edit]

Release Title Platforms
2003 Buggy Grand Prix: Kattobi! Dai-Sakusen PlayStation 2
2004 Gunbird Special Edition / Gunbird 1&2 PlayStation 2
Psikyo Shooting Collection Vol. 1: Strikers 1945 I & II[b] PlayStation 2
Psikyo Shooting Collection Vol. 2: Sengoku Ace & Sengoku Blade PlayStation 2
Psikyo Shooting Collection Vol. 3: Sol Divide & Dragon Blaze PlayStation 2
Taisen Hot Gimmick: Cosplay Mahjong PlayStation 2
2005 Sengoku Cannon PSP
Taisen Hot Gimmick: Axes-Jong PlayStation 2
2009 Strikers 1945 Plus PSP
2016 Strikers 1945: World War iOS, Android
2017 Strikers 1945 Nintendo Switch
Gunbarich Nintendo Switch
Unreleased Daraku Tenshi - The Fallen Angels N/A

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In Japanese: Saikyō (彩京)
  2. ^ Released and published in Europe by Play It as 1945 I & II: The Arcade Games

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