Darwin 4078

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The [Coin-Op] Arcade Video Game by Data East Corp. [Tokyo, Japan]

 
DESCRIPTION
 
[Coin-Op] Arcade Video Game

Darwin 4078 © 1986 Data East Corp.


Standard vertically scrolling shoot'em up. You control a surrealistic space fighter, fighting just as surrealistic enemies. Power-up capsules alter the ship's shape, weapons, and make it larger. There are 16 levels with a giant enemy at the end of each.
TECHNICAL
 
Main CPU : Motorola M6809 (@ 1.5 Mhz)
Sound CPU : Motorola M6809 (@ 1.5 Mhz)
Sound Chips : YM2203 (@ 1.5 Mhz), YM3526 (@ 3 Mhz)

Players : 1
Control : 8-way joystick
Buttons : 2
=> [A]= Shot, [B]= Bomb
TRIVIA
 
Darwin 4078 was released in March 1986.

Soundtracks:
Data East Retro Game Music Collection - TEAM Entertainment [KDSD-00366] (July 21, 2010)
TIPS AND TRICKS
 
General sequence :
1) When you are not invincible -> (get hit by a bullet) -> PISTER
2) All states -> (fixed time without collecting power-up) -> degenerate
3) PISTER -> (get hit by a bullet) -> die
4) All states -> (get hit by an enemy) -> die

Evolution sequence (when you collect a power-up) :
PISTER -> BEAS (your starting level) -> BASUM -> SHARRU -> MISEAVE -> TWIPET -> DODOK -> ZUGAU -> KUES -> SHASUEM -> ZUGOGA -> GYASHARRU

Degeneration sequence (at fixed time without collecting power-up) :
1) GYASHARRU -> ZUGOGA -> SHASUEM -> KUES -> ZUGAU -> DODOK -> TWIPET -> MISEAVE -> SHARRU -> BASUM -> BEAS
2) LAYSPER -> BASUM
3) SUPPURATE -> PISTER
4) BLACK DEAME -> PISTER
5) DEAME -> SEAS -> MALTO -> MEASA -> ZUGAU

Mutation sequence :
1) All states -> (hit the orange smoke released by the 'bird' alien that flies from the screen bottom) -> SUPPURATE (bullet invincible)
2) SHARRU -> (degeneration) -> BASUM -> (collect power-up) -> LAYSPER (you front shot is invisible)
3) KUES -> (degeneration) -> ZUGAU -> (collect power-up) -> MEASA -> MALTO -> SEAS -> DEAME

Opposite evolution :
DEAME -> (get hit by a bullet) -> BLACK DEAME (bullet invincible)

Bomb upgrade :
1) Shoot horizontal stick aliens the right number of times and they will drift slowly down the screen. Dock with this to get extra firepower. This also works with the aliens that have extendible poles that spring out from their sides : just shoot them until they flash and dock with them.
2) You can also dock with the rectangular aliens (after you have shot them a few times). These appear close to the start of the game. It seems anything you shoot that then drifts slowly down, you can dock with (which increases the bomb power).
PORTS
 

Computers:


MSX 2 europe (1987) "Darwin 4078 [Model PANA-6]"
SOURCES
 
Game's ROM.
Game's screenshots.

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