The Arcade PCB by Mitchell Corp.

OSman screenshot

Emulated in MAME !



OSman © 1996 Mitchell.

A platform shoot-em-up that doesn't just 'borrow heavily' from Capcom's 1989 classic, "Strider", it blatantly steals from it. The player controls a 'Cannon Dancer' called Kirrin : a highly acrobatic hero who is also a skilled martial arts fighter. Kirrin must jump and fight his way over a number of colourful, intricately-rendered levels in his bid to defeat the enemy forces. In addition to the many power-ups that are availble to strengthen Kirrin's attacks (with each power-up indicated by a colour change to Kirrin's costume), the player is armed with three 'Magic' attacks per life, which work in a similar fashion to those of Sega's "Shinobi".

The Strider-esque gameplay is, if anything, an improvement over the illustrious game upon which it is based. As well as the mandatory improved graphics, understandable given the six years that separates the two games, OSman's level design is hugely inventive and offers more variety than Strider's stages.


Main CPU : ARM (@ 28 Mhz)
Sound Chips : OKI6295 (@ 7.627 Khz), OKI6295 (@ 15.255 Khz)

Players : 2
Control : 8-way joystick
Buttons : 2
=> [A] Attack, [B] Jump


Released in February 1996.

This game is known in Japan as "Cannon Dancer".

This game is often compared to "Strider", and the main reason for that being because in the early 90's several Capcom employees went to Mitchell including Isuke, the original Game Planner for Capcom's "Strider". He is credited as the sole designer for Cannon Dancer which is why the two games are so similar.


Japanese and American roms are identical. Only the Eeprom is different.


• Osman movements :
Sliding - Down + B Button.
Dash - Hold Left or Right after Sliding.
Throwing - B Button in Jump or Sliding.
Kizami-Mai - Shake the joystick during Attack.


Stage Design : Milk Tea, K.Nozawa, Stily-Stilie, Q.B.B.
Object Design : Utata Kiyoshi, Ava, N.N, K.Tatsu, Otasuke-P, Tsukahira
Ryu, Mazin, Ojiji, Kuro
Sound Music : Tago Saku
Voice : Fujii Masayo, Mr.Matsushita
Program : Namcho, Br.Coin
Game Design : Isuke

Game's ROM.

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