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Developer(s) Sun Electronics
Platform(s) Arcade
Release date(s) August 1980
Genre(s) Fixed shooter
Mode(s) Single-player
Cabinet Upright, Cocktail
CPU (2x) Z80 (@ 2.5 MHz) (Number : LS070014)
Sound Sound Chips : AY8910 (@ 1.25 MHz), SN76477 (@ 1.25 MHz), DAC (@ 1.25 MHz)
Display Raster, 256 x 256 pixels (Vertical), 8 colors

Stratovox AKA Speak & Rescue (スピーク&レスキュー) is an arcade fixed shooter developed by Sun Electronics and published by Taito in 1980. It is the first video game to feature voice synthesis.[1] The player must shoot UFOs who will attempt to kidnap astronauts that appear on the right side of the screen. If the player lets all the astronauts be kidnapped, the game is over.


Among the voices the player hears are the phrases "Help me, help me", "Very good!", "We'll be back" and "Lucky". The phrase "Help me" is played during attract mode.[2]

The Japanese version of the game features Japanese speech, such as 「助けて!」 ( "Tasukete!") instead of "Help Me!"

World Record[edit]

According to Twin Galaxies, John Brissie, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, scored a world record 140,900 points on Stratovox on April 16, 2008.


  1. ^ "Gaming's Most Important Evolutions". GamesRadar. October 8, 2010. p. 2. Archived from the original on 2011-06-15. Retrieved 2011-04-27. 
  2. ^ "Discussion at IAM/KLOV forums". 

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