Twin Bee [Model GX412]

The Arcade PCB by Konami Industry Co., Ltd.

Twin Bee [Model GX412] screenshot

Emulated in MAME !

DESCRIPTION

[ARCADE] Arcade PCB

Twin Bee © 1985 Konami.


Twin Bee is an overhead scrolling game starring a pair of bee-shaped robots, Twinbee (the blue one) and his female counterpart Winbee (the pink one), Twin Bee is part of what are called 'cute 'em ups', a slang for shoot-em-up games that feature cute characters, animals and other funny looking creatures, among other whimsical themes and brightly colored landscapes. It's a fun game to play with at least 6 stages that repeat themselves with increased difficulty as you go along.

Power-ups and extra points can be found in special bells hidden in some enemies that, when shot a certain number of times, will change color and then, when touched by the player, will provide a powerup, such as extra speed.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Konami's Bubble System Board
Game ID : GX412

Main CPU : Motorola 68000 (@ 9.216 Mhz), Zilog Z80 (@ 3.579545 Mhz)
Sound Chips : (2x) General Instrument AY8910 (@ 1.789772 Mhz), K005289 (@ 1.789772 Mhz), Sanyo VLM5030 (@ 3.579545 Mhz)

Players : 2
Control : 8-way joystick
Buttons : 2

TRIVIA

Twin Bee was released in March 1985.

This is the first title using Konami's Bubble System Board.

Alfa Records released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Konami Game Music Vol.1 - 28XA-85) on June 25, 1986.

TIPS AND TRICKS

• Formation Bonus : If you take out all enemies in a formation, you get bonus points.

• Yellow bell bonus : If you keep on picking up yellow bells, you earn increasing bonus points. The bonus will increase up to 10,000 points. But if you miss picking up even 1 bell in the process, the bonus drops to 500 points.

• If you keep on shooting a bell : The bell will break and turn into a bee! Be careful.

• Change the color of a bell as you wish : The color of a bell changes after every 5 shots
5 -- white
10 -- blue
15 -- green
20 -- red

• The Multiple and Barrier cannot be used together : When you have your Multiple, the Barrier (red bell) will not be available. When you have your barrier, the multiple (green bell) will not be available.

• If you take out enemies on the ground : Fruit items will appear. Pick them up to get bonus points. Strange items will appear every once in a while.

• Call an ambulance : When you get one of your hands destroyed, get your other hand destroyed (if you can afford it) to call an ambulance.

PORTS

Consoles:


Nintendo Famicom japan (jan.4, 1986) "Twin Bee [Model RC807]"
Nintendo Famicom Disk japan (mar.11, 1988) "TwinBee [Model KDS-TWN]"
Sony PlayStation 4 [PSN] japan (dec.25, 2015) "Arcade Archives - TwinBee [Model CUSA-03607]"
Sony PlayStation 4 [PSN] usa (feb.26, 2016) "Arcade Archives - Twinbee [Model CUSA-03718]"
Sony PlayStation 4 [PSN] europe australia (may.10, 2016) "Arcade Archives - TwinBee [Model CUSA-03939]"

Handhelds:


Sony PSP japan (jan.25, 2007) "Twin Bee Portable [Model ULJM-05221]"
Nintendo DS japan (mar.15, 2007) "Konami Arcade Collection [Model NTR-A5KJ-JPN]"
Nintendo DS usa (mar.27, 2007) as 'RainbowBell' in "Konami Classic Series - Arcade Hits [Model NTR-ACXE-USA]"
Nintendo DS europe (oct.26, 2007) "Konami Arcade Classics [Model NTR-ACXP-EUR]"
Nintendo DS australia (oct.29, 2007) "Konami Arcade Classics"
Nintendo 3DS [eShop] japan (2011) "3D Classics"

Computers:


MSX japan (may.25, 1986) "Twin Bee [Model RC740]"
Sharp X68000 japan (feb.1988)

SOURCES
Game's ROM.

Page last modified on September 23, 2016