Armed Police Unit Gallop is a futuristic shoot-em-up from the creators of "R*Type" in which the player takes on the role of a futuristic policeman who must destroy criminal controlled ships.
As with most Irem shoot-em-ups, Gallop's weapons system is superb. As well as being equipped with the standard front-firing gun and ground targeting missiles (both of which can be upgraded with the retrieval of power-ups), the player's ship is armed with a homing laser that, when activated, emits a constant laser stream towards whatever enemies and bonus capsules are on screen. The laser has an 'Overheat' meter that depletes while the laser is in use. Once the meter is emptied the laser will stop working. The meter gradually refills allowing the player to continue using the laser.
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Irem M-73 system hardware
Main CPU : V30 (@ 8 Mhz)
Sound CPU : Zilog Z80 (@ 3.579545 Mhz)
Sound Chips : Yamaha YM2151 (@ 3.579545 Mhz), DAC
Players : 2
Control : 8-way joystick
Buttons : 4
Armed Police Unit Gallop was released in September 1991.
Victor Entertainment released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (R*Type Special - VICL-8077) on September 22, 1993.
TIPS AND TRICKS
* Secret Invincibility :
1) Turn Service Mode ON in DIP switch menu.
2) Reset the game with holding UP+Start button.
3) If the game mode starts up instead of the service mode, you were successful (but you need to hold UP+Start button until the title screen shows up).
4) You will be able to start a game with invincibility.