The Arcade Video Game by Sammy Corp.

Daioh screenshot


Emulated in MAME ! Coin-Operated Arcade Video Game

Daioh © 1993 Sammy.

An excellent vertically scrolling space shoot'em up. Excellent graphics, multi-layer scrolling, big sprites (especially bosses), and an extreme difficulty that continued to increase from easy to insane the farther along you went without getting killed.


Daioh the  Arcade Video Game
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Main CPU : Motorola 68000 (@ 16 Mhz)
Sound Chips : X1-010 (@ 16 Mhz)

Players : 2
Control : 8-way joystick
Buttons : 6
=> Ion Shot, Laser Shot, Missile Shot, Fire Bomb, Mega Beam, Atomic Bomb


Developed by Athena, Daioh was released in July 1993.

The title of this game translates from Japanese as 'Great King'.

In 1997, Daioh's staff established a new company, called 'Warashi', their first game was "Shienryu". The game is remarkably similar, and feature an identical power-up system, and the first level is a remake of the first stage of Daioh.

A pseudo-sequel to the game entitled "Daioh Gale" appears as the sample level in Athena's 1994 title, Dezaemon - Kaite Tsukutte Asoberu.
A follow up to 'Daioh Gale', 'Daioh Gale ver.2' appears as the sample level in Athena's 1996 title, Dezaemon Plus.
A parody of the game entitled 'Daioh-P' appears as a sample level in Athena's 1997 Sega Saturn release, Dezaemon 2.

Mark Carmichael holds the official record for this game with 144,900 points on July 15, 2006.


Programmer : Tsutomu Tabata
Graphic designers : Undead Tama, Kata Chumuri, Numa
Composer : Sho
Sound driver : K. Zikil-Hide Ishibashi
Producer : Noriyuki Takasaki
Exective producer : Sakae Nakamura

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