Truxton (video game)

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Truxton arcade flyer.jpg
European Arcade flyer
Sting Entertainment (PCE)
Publisher(s)Arcade Genesis PC Engine
Composer(s)Masahiro Yuge
PC Engine
Sega Genesis
PC Engine
Genre(s)Vertically scrolling shooter
Arcade systemToaplan Version 1[4]
CPUM68000 (@ 10 MHz)[1]
SoundSound CPU:
Z80 (@ 3 MHz),
Sound chips:[4]
YM3812 (@ 3 MHz)
DisplayRaster, 240 x 320 (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). A version for the Sharp X68000 was in development but never released.[5]


Arcade version screenshot.

Truxton is a science fiction-themed vertically scrolling shoot 'em up game.


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.


Review scores
Mean Machines82%[7]

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".[8]


A sequel, Truxton II (Tatsujin Ō in Japan), was released in 1992 for the arcades. It was later ported to the FM Towns.[9]


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


  1. ^ a b "Tatsujin [TP-013B]". 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)". Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  5. ^ "The Softouch - Software Information: 新作情報 -- 達人". Oh!X (in Japanese). No. 143. SoftBank Creative. March 1994. p. 25.
  6. ^ MegaTech rating, EMAP, issue 5, page 79, May 1992
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