Rakugaki Showtime

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Rakugaki Showtime
Rakugaki Showtime cover.jpg
Developer(s)Treasure
Publisher(s)Enix
Designer(s)Naoki Kitagawa
Tetsuhiko Kikuchi
Tsunehisa Kanagae
Programmer(s)Hiroshi Matsumoto
Masaki Ukyo
Artist(s)Gō Nakazawa
Kazuo Yasuda
Composer(s)Norio Hanzawa
Toshiya Yamanaka
Platform(s)PlayStation
Release
Genre(s)Fighting
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Rakugaki Showtime (ラクガキショータイム, lit. "Graffiti Showtime") is a 1999 fighting game for the PlayStation developed by Treasure and published by Enix. It is a full 3D battle arena fighting game, featuring characters that resemble crayon drawings. It was only released in Japan.

Gameplay[edit]

It is a fighting game in a full 3D fighting arena. It features up to four players.[2] Throwing projectiles feature prominently in the game, which has led to some reviewers comparing the game to being similar to Dodgeball, but lacking a dividing line between the teams.[3]

Plot[edit]

Development[edit]

Release[edit]

The game was released on 29 July 1999, and published by Enix.[4] The game was given a very limited release because of a legal dispute over who owned the characters between Enix and Treasure.[5] The game became a rare item after its release, and would sell for 15,000 yen ($150 U.S.).[6] It was re-released for the PlayStation Network "Game Archives" in Japan on 25 June 2008.[7] It retailed for 600 yen.[8]

The game was to be the basis for the GameCube and PlayStation 2 fighting game based on the Tiny Toon Adventures, called Tiny Toons: Defenders of the Universe.[5] However, the game was never released. The game was later leaked onto the internet.[9]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
PublicationScore
Famitsu26/40[4]
GameSpot7.4/10[10]
GameFan87/100[11]

Famitsu gave it a score of 26 out of 40.[4]

Gamespot gave it a 7.4 out of 10.[10]

GameFan gave it 87/100.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PlayStation Soft > 1999". GAME Data Room. Archived from the original on 15 March 2018. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  2. ^ Staff, I. G. N. (29 April 2009). "Hidden Japanese Gems". IGN. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  3. ^ Miller, Patrick. "17 mold-breaking fighting games that all developers should study". Archived from the original on 31 July 2018. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "ラクガキショータイム [PS] / ファミ通.com". www.famitsu.com. Archived from the original on 18 November 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Beta Blues, Vol. 2". IGN. 7 May 2008. Archived from the original on 22 March 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  6. ^ "GameSpy: Japanese PlayStation Store Gems - Page 1". www.gamespy.com. Archived from the original on 27 December 2010. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  7. ^ "プレイステーション3のゲームアーカイブスに『ゼノギアス』や『アストロノーカ』など6タイトルが追加 - ファミ通.com". www.famitsu.com (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 4 September 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Square Enix releases old games via PSN". Eurogamer.net. Archived from the original on 16 November 2012. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Lost Treasure Developed Tiny Toons Game Found - Siliconera". Siliconera. 4 March 2009. Archived from the original on 5 February 2010. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  10. ^ a b Bartholow, Peter (12 October 1999). "Rakugaki Showtime (Import) Review". GameSpot. Archived from the original on 29 July 2018. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  11. ^ a b "Imports: Rakugaki Showtime". Gamefan. Vol. 7 no. 11. November 1999. pp. 82–83.

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