Truxton (video game)

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Truxton
Truxton arcade flyer.jpg
European Arcade flyer
Developer(s)Toaplan
Sting Entertainment (PCE)
Publisher(s)Arcade Genesis PC Engine
Composer(s)Masahiro Yuge
SeriesTruxton
Platform(s)Arcade
PC Engine
Sega Genesis
ReleaseArcade
Genesis
PC Engine
Genre(s)Vertically scrolling shooter
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer (up to two players)
CabinetUpright
Arcade systemToaplan V1[4]
CPUM68000 (@ 10 MHz)[1]
SoundSound CPU:
Z80 (@ 3 MHz),
Sound chips:[4]
YM3812 (@ 3 MHz)
DisplayRaster, 320 x 240 (Vertical)

Truxton[a] is a 1988 vertically scrolling, shoot 'em up arcade game developed by Toaplan, later ported to the Mega Drive (worldwide; Sega: North America) and the PC Engine (Japan-only). Like many other scrolling shooters, the game is set in outer space, where the player takes control of a small spaceship across several planets. The game is played with an eight-way joystick and two buttons (a shot and a bomb button) through five large levels and their bosses (which then loop forever, at higher difficulties).

Story[edit]

Gameplay screenshot from the Arcade version.

Taking place somewhere in space: an armada of Gidans, led by the evil Dogurava, is invading the planet Borogo aboard five gargantuan asteroids. After surviving an attack on an orbiting Borogo cargo barge, a pilot enters one remaining fighter and challenges the Gidans in a desperate attempt to quell the alien invasion and divert their asteroid fortresses in the process.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
PublicationScore
MegaTech82%[5]
Mean Machines82%[6]

MegaTech magazine said that although original features were distinctly lacking, "it's a good solid blast which offers plenty of action, speed and excitement".

Mean Machines summarised the game as "a fine example of a pure, no-frills arcade blast".[7]

Sequel[edit]

A sequel, Truxton II (Tatsujin Ō in Japan), was released in 1992 for the arcades. It was later ported to the FM Towns.[8]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Also known as Tatsujin (Japanese: タツジン, Hepburn: Tatsujin) lit. from 達人 "Expert" in Japan.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tatsujin [TP-013B]". arcade-history.com. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  2. ^ "MEGA DRIVE Soft > 1988-1989" (in Japanese). GAME Data Room. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  3. ^ "PC-ENGINE Soft > 1992" (in Japanese). GAME Data Room. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  4. ^ a b "Toaplan Version 1 Hardware (Other)". system16.com. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  5. ^ MegaTech rating, EMAP, issue 5, page 79, May 1992
  6. ^ http://www.outofprintarchive.com/articles/reviews/MegaDrive/Truxton-MeanMachines1-2.html
  7. ^ http://www.meanmachinesmag.co.uk/review/11/truxton.php
  8. ^ https://hg101.kontek.net/toaplan/toaplan5.htm

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