Space Hunter [Model KSC-HT]
Emulated in MAME ! [Console] Famicom Game
Space Hunter © 1986 Kemco
Space Hunter is an action game by Namco. In the year 2199 AD and after a devastating nuclear war, all of humanity relies upon cyborgs and robots to survive. But a group of cyborgs is now leading a revolt against their masters and the Earth is under extremely heavy bombardment from space. A 16 years old female cyborg named Altiana is sent to eradicate the threat - she is on a mission to explore six maze-like planets and to defeat their ferocious guardians one by one in order to unlock and access the final and seventh level, the enemy space-fortress. All six planets can be accessed from the beginning of the game and each one is made up of a large grid of inter-connected screens. Along the way, Altiana has to avoid various obstacle and enemies but also explore mysterious underground shrines - although most of them reward the player with new weapons or special items (such as Health cells which extend Altiana's maximum health), one of them leads to the guardian's lair. Once the guardian is defeated, the planet's self-destruct mechanism activates and the cyborg has a finite amount of time to escape before the place goes to oblivion. Altiana is equipped with a jetpack-type device which enables her to fly around each visited areas. She is also armed with 2-way bombs, her primary defense system which can also be used to reveal hidden items and doors. More weapons can be collected along the way such as the laser beam, light-saber or boomerang-laser as well as Shield Crystals. Unlike bombs, these new weapons drain her power-energy, which she must recharge continuously by collecting moon shaped items left behind by defeated enemies (Star shaped icons are also there for the taking and refill her health). Although all six planets can be played in any order, special items need to be acquired first in order to explore some of the latter worlds (for instance, Altiana has to retrieve the swimming gears before diving in the ocean planet) - and failing to collect them can greatly compromise the success of her entire mission. Finally, the player's progress can be saved at anytime by writing down the password constantly displayed in the status screen.
Space Hunter wa released on September 25, 1986 in Japan for 4900 Yen.
The game was never released outside Japan.
Game's description by Laurent Kermel; http://www.videogameden.com
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