Taito F3 cart. published 25 years ago by Taito

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Gekirindan © 1995 Taito Corp.

Blast your way through different time periods in this vertical scrolling shoot'em up.

In 3195 AD, scientists have developed a time-leap engine - but a mysterious entity known only as the Huge Boss has stolen it and used it to travel back in time and destroy 3000 years of mankind's history.

Two people rise up to defeat him: Hokuto, whose parents were murdered by the Huge Boss; and Shario, to fulfill a last promise to her dead sister. Together they pilot their aircraft and chase the Huge Boss.


Runs on the "Taito F3 System" Hardware.

Prom Stickers : E11

Players : 4
Control : 8-way joystick
Buttons : 4


Gekirindan was released in September 1995.

The title of this game translates from Japanese as 'Reverse Scale Bullet' and is an example of 'ateji' - fitting the kanji phonetics to the name of the game to give the name double (sometimes even triple) meaning.

The game was originally named 'Fire Breaker' at early stage of development.

Lee Ota (from the Truxton series staff) produced this game. It's why the first and the last stage (and bomb/power-up) are similar to "Truxton". But the gameplay is really different to Toaplan's games. So, responses from Toaplan games fans were not very favourable.

The name of the twin characters, Orsa and Mayoru, is a play-on-words of the third largest constellation of our solar system, Ursa Major, which means Great Bear.

All stages in this game share the same music theme but remixed each time!

The game forbids the initials 'SEX' on the high score table. If you try, it gets changed to 'AAA'.

Pony Canyon / Scitron released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Welcome to the Karu Land - PCCB-00196) on November 17, 1995.


* Instructions:
Choose from one of three aircraft: the biplane, the helicopter and the space fighter.
Press the Fire button for a normal attack.
Press the Bomb button for a special attack (limited number).
Destroy the yellow cargo ships to collect special items.

* Items list:
(H): Homing Laser
(M): Missile
(N): Napalm
(B): Bomb
(C): Change shot type
(P): Upgrade shot power
(Eagle): Bonus points
(Bonus): Bonus points
(1UP): Extra life awarded


Producer : Lee Ota
Programmers : Mr. Lee, Toten, Takahito Naoi, Riki
System engineers : Masaki Yagi (Ymot), Nob
Character designers : Yasunobu Kousokabe, Saori Hiratsuka, Ryota Sasaki, Sakotan, Miyabi Tashiro, Debi., Kao
Designer : Hidetomo Ogino
CG designer : K. Kinoshita
Sound (Zuntata) : Kazuko Umino (Karu), Koji Sakurai
Special Thanks : Takao Yoshiba, Tokimemori, Zabog Osaka, Eiji Kawabata


[JP] Sega Saturn (apr.18, 1997) "Gekirindan - Time Travel Shooting [Model T-7008G]"
[JP] Sony PS2 (aug.25, 2005) "Taito Memories Gekan [Model SLPM-66092]"
Sony PlayStation 2 [AU] (mar.30, 2006) "Taito Legends 2 [Model SLES-53852]"
[EU] Microsoft XBOX (mar.31, 2006) "Taito Legends 2"
[EU] Sony PS2 (mar.31, 2006) "Taito Legends 2 [Model SLES-53852]"
[US] Sony PS2 (may.16, 2007) "Taito Legends 2 [Model SLUS-21349]"

[EU] PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (mar.31, 2006) "Taito Legends 2"
[US] PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (jul.10, 2007) "Taito Legends 2"


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