Atomic Runner Chelnov - Tatakau Ningen Hatsudensho

The Arcade Video Game by Data East Corp. See Timeline

Atomic Runner Chelnov - Tatakau Ningen Hatsudensho screenshot


[Coin-Op] Arcade Video Game

Atomic Runner Chelnov - Tatakau Ningen Hatsudensho © 1988 Data East Corporation.

A horizontally scrolling platform shoot-em-up in which the player controls Chelnov, a former coal miner caught up in a Chernobyl-like nuclear accident. Now possessing superior physical strength and agility, Chelnov 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 this game from others of its genre is its use of forced scrolling. The screen moves continuously from left to right and players must negotiate the game's many obstacles and enemies without the benefit of dictating their speed of progress. Enemies attack from left, right, above and below and Chelnov can switch the direction he's facing to attack enemies that are behind him. Some enemies carry different types of weapons and power-ups and when they are shot the power-ups drop to the ground and can be picked up.


Main CPU : Motorola 68000 (@ 10 Mhz)
Sound CPU : MOS Technology M6502 (@ 1.5 Mhz)
Sound Chips : YM2203 (@ 1.5 Mhz), YM3526 (@ 3 Mhz)

Players : 2
Control : 8-Way Joystick
Buttons : 3
=> [A] Shoot, [B] Jump, [C] Change Direction


Atomic Runner Chelnov was released in January 1988 in Japan.

The subtitle of this game translates from Japanese as 'Fighting Human Power Plant'.

This game is known outside Japan as "Atomic Runner Chelnov - Nuclear Man, The Fighter".

This game came out a couple of years after Russia's Chernobyl power plant accident. One of Japan's prestigious newspaper 'Asahi Shinbun' had article about the title of this game and its imprudent attitude, Data East responded that Chelnov was a sequel to Karnov and that it had no relation to the accident.

Chelnov later appeared in "Karnov's Revenge" as the final boss. He also appeared as the final boss in the Nintendo Super Famicom game "Fighter's History - Mizoguchi Kiki Ippatsu!!" as well as an unlockable playable character.

Alfa Records released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Data East Game Music - 28XA-205) on May 10, 1988.


Program : Inoue, Akiyama, Haga
Hard : Shinozaki
Sound : Hara, Yoshida, Kiuchi, Tenno
Graphic : Masanori Tokoro, J.S, Mix Man, Ritsu. T



Sega Mega Drive japan (October 16, 1992) "Chelnov [Model T-13073]"
Nintendo Wii [Virtual Console] japan (September 11, 2007) Mega Drive version


Sharp X68000 japan (January 29, 1993) "Atomic Runner Chelnov - Tatakau Ningen Hatsudensho [Video Game Anthology Vol.2] [Model DP-3205024]"


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