Emulated in MAME ! [Console] Famicom Game
RAF World © 1990 Sunsoft
A side-scrolling action run and gun shooting game.
In the year 0373 of the new space age calendar, overpopulation of Earth has led to increased demand for emigration to space colonies. Jay McCray, the son of a scientist responsible for development of space colony #428 in the Silius Solar System (SSS), prepares to move there in order to follow in his father's footsteps. However, the space station is obliterated in an explosion, killing the entire research team and destroying all data on board. In his father's home, Jay discovers a floppy disk containing not only the complete SSS colony plans but a personal message from his father asking that he complete the projects should terrorists succeed in destroying the colony. To protect the colony plans and to avenge his father's death, Jay sets out to fight the terrorists responsible for the space colony's destruction.
The player controls a Jay McKray with a blue armor suit and helmet, as he goes on a mission to defeat the terrorist group responsible for his father's death. There are five stages, consisting of the ruins of a space colony, an underground concourse, the enemy's hideout, a flying spaceship, and a factory. The player must fight his way through an assortment of robotic enemies and security systems in order to reach the end of each stage and fight the stage's boss. The controls follow the standard conventions of other side-scrolling action games for the Famicom. The character can lie down, but he can only aim his gun left or right. In addition to the default handgun weapon, the player can switch to one of five additional weapons that can be procured throughout the course of the game (a shotgun, a machine gun, a homing gun, a laser rifle, and a grenade launcher). Each of these special weapons consumes the player's Gun Energy gauge and once it runs out, the player will automatically revert to the default handgun. The player can replenish Jay's health and ammo by retrieving energy capsules dropped by defeated enemies.
Raf world was originally conceived as a game based on the 1984 film The Terminator. However, Sunsoft lost the license during development and as a result the plot and graphics were altered before release even the intro theme begins similarly to the main theme of terminator. The original copyright text of Terminator franchise and some unknown graphics still remain in the cartridges.
The game stands out for its detailed graphics, good colors and sound, especially his BSO which is considered one of the best compositions of the Nintendo Famicom.
This Japan version features a different design for the player character than the one used in USA version of the game (which depicted the main character in a blue and white armor suit and without a helmet having his head exposed). A pre-release build of this Japanese version, simply titled Rough, featured the same player character design used for the retail release of the American version.
Sound test and extra continue screen: On the title screen, press B 33 times and press start to access the sound test menu (picture on the right). There, you can play any tunes from the game or to increase the stock of continues (up to 9).