Image Fight

Arcade Video game published 33 years ago by Irem

Image Fight screenshot

Listed and emulated in MAME.

Image Fight © 1988 Irem.

Image Fight is a vertically scrolling shoot-em-up with an original premise. The game's first five stages are supposed to be a 'simulation' and serve as training to test the player's abilities. Player's will receive a penalty if their hit-ratio is too low.

Once players have proved themselves on the opening stages, they will progress to the game's last three stages, blasting off into space on a mission to destroy the alien vegetation surrounding the Moon's main computer. If the player fails in the mission, they must endure the dreaded 'Penalty Zone'. Features a high level of challenge, a wide variety of weapons and the ability to change speed.

If the player's ship is equipped with one or more red/blue extra guns, pushing both Action buttons simultaneously will sling the guns forward in a boomerang-like fashion. This is a powerful and destructive method and can be done an unlimited number of times.

Goodies for Image Fight
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Irem M-72 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


Image Fight was released in November 1988.

The OF-1 (the player's ship) appears as an unlockable ship in the Sony PlayStation 2 game "R*Type Final".

Pony Canyon / Scitron released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Image Fight : G.S.M Irem 1 - D28B0012) on January 21, 1989.


* Secret Invincibility :
1) Turn DIP 2-7 ON.
2) Reset the game with holding Player 2-Button 2 (Speed Change button).
3) You will be able to start a game with invincibility.


Sound composer: Masato Ishizaki (Sclap)

Staff from default highscore table: Abiko, Ayako, Nabe, Syu. S, Ohig, Momoko, Kosas, Akio, kanae, Tarao


[JP] Nintendo Famicom (mar.16, 1990) "Image Fight [Model IF-14]"
[US] Nintendo NES (jul.1990) "Image Fight [Model NES-F9-USA]"
[JP] NEC PC-Engine (jul.27, 1990) "Image Fight [Model IC02003]"
[JP] Sony PlayStation (mar.19, 1998) "Image Fight & X-Multiply [Model SLPS-01267]"
[JP] Sega Saturn (aug.20, 1998) "Image Fight & X-Multiply [Model T-26110G]"

FM Towns [JP] (1990) Image Fight
[JP] Sharp X68000 (dec.14, 1990) "Image Fight [Model IX68-02]"
PC [MS Windows, Online] [EU] (dec.9, 2011) "IREM Arcade Hits" by DotEmu
Apple MacIntosh [Online] [US] (aug.21, 2011) "Irem Arcade Hits" by DotEmu
PC [Desura] [US] (nov.2, 2013) "IREM Arcade Hits" by Plug In Digital


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Game's screenshots.
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