Gaia Crusaders

The Arcade PCB by Noise Factory Co., Ltd.

Gaia Crusaders screenshot

Emulated in MAME !

DESCRIPTION

[ARCADE] Arcade PCB

Gaia Crusaders © 1999 Noise Factory.


A 1 or 2-player scrolling beat-em-up, with players selecting a character from a choice of 5; in which 2 'Elemental Warriors' must battle Satan and his army of demons that have captured and taken over the world. Each player-character possesses either Wind strength, Fire strength, or a mix of the 2.

Gaia Crusaders is heavily influenced by another scrolling beat-em-up, Capcom's 1989 classic, "Final Fight", and also, to a lesser degree, by Sega's legendary "Golden Axe", also from 1989. The latter is particularly evident in the use of the Magical Attack, which acts as a smart bomb and is also identical to the magic attacks featured in 'Golden Axe'.

Gaia Crusader's superb combo-geared control layout allows players to produce some highly impressive moves and attacks.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Cave 1st Generation Hardware

Main CPU : MC68000 (@ 16 Mhz)
Sound CPU : Zilog Z80 [Optional]
Sound Chips : Yamaha YMZ280B (@ 16.9344 Mhz) or OKIM6295 x (1 or 2) + YM2203 / YM2151 [Optional]
Other : 93C46 EEPROM

Control per player: 8-way joystick
Buttons per player: 4 [PUNCH, KICK, JUMP, MAGIC BOMB]

TRIVIA

Released in July 1999.

This is the first Noise Factory game. This game might be a code rip-off of the game "Pretty Soldier - Sailor Moon".

Gaia Crusaders was never released in Japan even if it was supposed to be distributed by Manjyudo in Japan...

The fifth boss is a rip-off of 'The Incredible Hulk'. At the end of Stage 5, he buffs up and turns green.

UPDATES

When the DIP switch is set to English, the Japanese subtitle written in kanji underneath the title reads 'Seisensha'. This could be translated (rather clumsily) to 'Journeying Soldier' or (to the better sounding) 'Crusader' for this particular instance, since there is a religious overtone in the prologue of the game, even though the Japanese word 'Seisensha' is as secular as the word 'chair' and doesn't contain a underlying religious meaning such as with the case of the word 'Crusader'.
When the DIP switch is set to Japanese, the Japanese subtitle is just the title of the game written in katakana, which is read as 'Gaia Kuruseidaazu'.

SOURCES
Game's ROM.
Game's screenshots.
See goodies section.

Page last modified on November 13, 2015