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After Burner II

After Burner II

Sharp X68000 - Released - April 26, 1989

After Burner II is an updated re-release of After Burner. Besides extra levels, a few new enemies, a few touches at the soundtrack and more disposable missiles, the biggest addition is the ability to slow down or speed up manually. The rest of the gameplay remains identical. Despite being called After Burner, most ports to home computers and consoles are based on this version.

Bosconian

Bosconian

Sharp X68000 - Released - 1988

Bosconian is a space shooter. It's your job to destroy enormous enemy battle stations scattered throughout the galaxy, which is filled with meteors and space mines. You can either do this by destroying one by one their outer structures or with a single shot in their core. They are heavily defended however by guns, fighters and (in later levels) missiles. Destroying all battle stations, with the help of your radar, will bring you to the next level. Often the enemy will try to destroy you by launching attack waves. Keep your eyes out for the enemy spy ship, if it escapes your fire, you are...

Bubble Bobble

Bubble Bobble

Sharp X68000 - Released - March 19, 1990

Bubble Bobble is the story of two humans, Bub and Bob who wander into the mysterious cave of monsters and magically turn into dinosaurs. The only way to transform back is to reach the end of the cave... Bubble Bobble is a platform game, with each level being a single screen. The enemies must be cleared from a level to go to the next one. With one player controlling Bub and the other controlling Bob, the player can jump and collect items for points (such as fruit). The real power Bub and Bob have however is the ability to blow bubbles. These bubbles can be as platforms to leap on, or to trap...

Cameltry

Cameltry

Sharp X68000 - Released - September 25, 1991

The game ran on Taito's F1 system hardware and used the same optical rotary system utilized in Taito's 1986 arcade game Arkanoid. It was later ported in 1992 to the Super NES, and in 1993 to the FM Towns computer. The Super NES release was titled On The Ball in North America and Europe, and was compatible with the Super NES Mouse. The gameplay consists of moving a ball through a labyrinth by rotating the board itself around the ball. There's a kind of knick-knack you may find in dusty games rooms, a maze through which you navigate a marble by subtly tilting the board, dancing with gravity...

Dragon Spirit

Dragon Spirit

Sharp X68000 - Released - September 23, 1988

Princess Alicia of the kingdom of Mitgult is kidnapped by the monster Zawell. It's now up to the heroic warrior Amul to transform himself into a blue dragon and go and rescue the princess. Dragon Spirit is a vertically scrolling shoot-em-up which consists of nine stages. Players fly around and destroy everything in their path. Much like in Xevious, action takes place on two planes, both in the sky (where the dragon is flying) and on the ground. The dragon has two different kind of attacks: fire that shoots up the screen, and fire that drops to hit a place on the ground in front of the...

Fantasy Zone

Fantasy Zone

Sharp X68000 - Released - 1989

The Fantasy Zone is a solar system consisting of eight brightly colored, fantastic planets. The evil Menons are trying to take over all of the planets in the Fantasy Zone by using misappropriated foreign currency to build their forces. It is the player's job to recover all of the coins and save the solar system! Fantasy Zone is an arcade style shooter for one or two players. The goal is to destroy all of the creatures on each planet and collect as many of the lost coins as possible. At the end of each level is a large enemy that will have to be defeated before moving on to the next world....

Galaga '88

Galaga '88

Sharp X68000 - Released - June 30, 1990

Galaga '88 takes the basic gameplay of Galaga and adds higher-quality graphics, triple ship abilities, parsec progression, power-ups, asteroids, bosses and other enhancements. Periodically the player encounters Challenging Stages, which are set to music and feature "dancing" enemies. The objective is to shoot all 40 enemies before they disappear, for a bonus of at least 10,000 points. There are a total of 29 stages. The player can begin with one ship with two in reserve or start right out with a dual ship (but only one in reserve). Some enemies now have the ability to combine into a much...

Genpei Tōma Den

Genpei Tōma Den

Sharp X68000 - Released - 1988

In the year 1192, the darkness of the Minamoto clan has come and is spreading across Japan. The country is being ravaged, and only one man of the lost Heike clan can return from the depths of hell to put a stop to it. His name is Taira no Kagekiyo. The story of Genpei Tōma Den ostensibly revolves around the historical Genpei War from Japanese history, and involves Taira no Kagekiyo fighting the evil Minamoto no Yoritomo and the Minamoto clan across Japan. The game features three modes of play: "side mode", a small-scale action platforming section; "big mode", a large-scale fighting...

Motos

Motos

Sharp X68000 - Released - November 24, 1988

In this game, you control a bumper car, and the object is to bump your opponents off the gameboard while they do the same to you, and once you have managed to bump all your opponents off the board, you move on to the next round. If you take too long to complete a round, a fireball will strike one of the tiles on the board, causing them to collapse and making it more likely that you or your opponents are killed. In some rounds, you can get power-ups that give you extra bumping powers and the ability to jump over gaps. When you jump, you can break a tile to the point where it collapses, making...

Space Harrier

Space Harrier

Sharp X68000 - Released - September 1, 1987

Run… fly… dodge those obstacles, but return fire on wave after wave of attacking aliens. Armed with a really big gun, you have to defend yourself against the alien hordes using your wits to navigate around the screen. But watch out for those end of level bosses! Originating in the arcades, Space Harrier is a third-person rail shooter with pseudo-3D graphics, set in the same world as Fantasy Zone. The lone titular hero fights aliens with a fireball-launching cannon, which can also be used to transform the hero into a flying rocket. The protagonist is constantly in motion, but the speed of...

Video Game Anthology Vol. 1: Terra Cresta / Moon Cresta

Video Game Anthology Vol. 1: Terra Cresta / Moon Cresta

Sharp X68000 - Released - November 20, 1992

The first entry in Dempa's Video Game Anthology series features arcade conversions of the first two Cresta games: Moon Cresta Terra Cresta

Video Game Anthology Vol. 12: Dig Dug/Dig Dug II

Video Game Anthology Vol. 12: Dig Dug/Dig Dug II

Sharp X68000 - Released - February 24, 1995

Video Game Anthology Vol. 12: Dig Dug/Dig Dug II, a Sharp X68000 game that was the 12th volume in the Video Game Anthology series for the X68000, and this game includes two games in one, which are Dig Dug (ディグダグ) (1982), and Dig Dug II (ディグダグ II) (1985). Dig Dug (1982): Dig Dug (ディグダグ), is needed for the job to wipe out the race of Pookas and Fygars, by using a pump, inflating the creatures and explode them. However, the Pookas just jump and roam around, while the Fygars are green dragons wanting to burn Dig Dug alive. Pookas look like red tomatoes with a yellow tail, white feet, and...

Video Game Anthology Vol. 13: Baraduke

Video Game Anthology Vol. 13: Baraduke

Sharp X68000 - Released - May 26, 1995

Baraduke is an action shooter game where the player takes control of a spacewoman (player 1 is Kissy and player 2 is Takky) moving around in a low-gravity environment with the help of a jet pack, as they investigate the once-peaceful Planet Paccet, which has been taken over by aliens known as Octy. The game consists of eight stages, each stage is split up into six floors, with five regular floors and a boss floor. In the first four floors in each stage, the player must clear the floor of Octy, then they can exit the level through a chute located at the outside walls of the level. In the...

Video Game Anthology Vol. 2: Atomic Runner Chelnov

Video Game Anthology Vol. 2: Atomic Runner Chelnov

Sharp X68000 - Released - January 29, 1993

One windy day, there was an explosion at a nuclear power station, causing heavy doses of radiation to be poured over many people. One of these people was a coal miner named Chelnov. When he survived the deadly accident, he was possessed with abnormal powers. Having realized this, he decided to act in the cause of justice. He is determined to escape the Eastern Bloc country he called home and run and jump across the world to finish in the US. What distinguishes Chelnov: Atomic Runner from other platform games is its use of forced scrolling. This occurs when the screen moves continuously from...

Video Game Anthology Vol. 3: Star Force

Video Game Anthology Vol. 3: Star Force

Sharp X68000 - Released - March 26, 1993

You are a spaceship pilot shooting enemy spacecraft and ground targets. Pick up the special letter symbols for bonuses and additional power-ups. Levels or areas are named after the Greek letter alphabet and the end boss at the end of each area must be defeated before you can continue to the next area.

Video Game Anthology Vol. 5: Crazy Climber / Crazy Climber 2

Video Game Anthology Vol. 5: Crazy Climber / Crazy Climber 2

Sharp X68000 - Released - August 27, 1993

The fifth entry in Dempa's Video Game Anthology series features arcade conversions of the first two Crazy Climber games: Crazy Climber Crazy Climber 2

Video Game Anthology Vol. 6: Butasan

Video Game Anthology Vol. 6: Butasan

Sharp X68000 - Released - October 29, 1989

The object of Butasan (Known outside Japan as Psycho Pigs UXB) is to eliminate your opponents (who are pigs) by throwing bombs at them. When thrown, the bombs will count down from the number shown on the bomb, exploding when they reach zero or when they hit their target, whichever comes first. Items can be picked up along the way that will help you defeat opponents, like a knapsack that allows you to carry more than one bomb at a time. After certain levels, a bonus game appears, and the object of this game is to attempt to kiss the lady pigs as they pop in and out of holes.

Video Game Anthology Vol. 7: Dragon Buster

Video Game Anthology Vol. 7: Dragon Buster

Sharp X68000 - Released - December 10, 1993

Originating in the arcades, Dragon Buster is an action platform game composed out of several large levels, each one containing various stages: a cave, a tower, a castle, etc. The player's goal in every level is to reach the final stage where the protagonist faces the level boss. There are often several ways to reach the final stages, and not all stages are necessary to visit. Equipped with a sword, the player character moves through platform stages, clearing them of diverse monsters, collecting power-ups and trying to stay in good health until the level boss, since it is impossible to heal...

Video Game Anthology Vol. 9: Argos no Senshi

Video Game Anthology Vol. 9: Argos no Senshi

Sharp X68000 - Released - April 28, 1994

An evil being known as Ligar is about to conquer the land of Argool. Such is his power that no living creature dares to cross paths with him. But the legendary warrior Rygar rises from his grave to restore peace and justice. Armed with his famed weapon Diskarmor, Rygar begins to traverse the vast lands that lead to the lair of the demon, as his minions are trying in vain to stop him... Originally released on the arcades, Rygar is a side-scrolling action game. The player controls the titular hero, advancing through stages populated by hostile creatures. Beside the Diskarmor, a weapon that...

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