Hanata-Kadaka!? is a really cute and funny shoot'em up by Taito featuring a flying Tengu, sort of red long nosed goblin with wings. The goal of the game is to help a little fox boy to retrieve his girlfriend and also the sacred scroll stolen by an evil racoon. Our hero has the power to change size during the game by collecting special items. However, he will shrink down when hit until he gets too small to fight and will then lose a life. Many other items can be collected, like tinny green wings which will speed him up or three tinny goblins who will follow our friend and fire as he does. Your main weapon, a magic fan, can also be charged up in a way similar to Irem's R*Type. If charged up to the max, a special attack will be triggered. This attack varies depending of what special power-up has been collected (dragon attack, giant spinning tops and so on). A secondary weapon is available and triggered with the other action button. Those too depend of what secondary powerup was last collected, from big bouncing balls to giant spikes. Stages are huge and full of traditional japanese references including Torri Shinto gates and fierce Darumas. Each stage also counts a hidden raccoun who will get our Tengu to a secret area. A secret piece of the scroll is hidden there and collecting them all will affect the ending sequence. Finally, a password system helps you save your game at the end of each stage.
Game ID: TP03018
Released on August 09, 1991 in Japan for 7200 Yen.
November 1991 - Consoles + N.2 [FR]: 87/100
October 1991 - Joypad N.1 [FR]: 90/100