Puzzle Uo Poko © 1998 Jaleco.
Uo Poko is a puzzle game for one or two players (co-operative). The aim is to clear the screen of coloured glass balls by dropping like-coloured balls down onto them. Connecting three or more like-coloured balls creates a chain reaction and causes them to disappear.
Balls are launched into the play area via a joystick controlled 'pinball-plunger' and as in Pinball, the further the plunger is pulled back, the further the coloured ball will travel. Mastering the strength and distance required is essential in order to drop each ball accurately onto its target. To allow players to learn how to use the plunger, the first two stages feature a guide line which shows exactly where a ball will drop. From the third stage onwards, players must use their judgement alone.
Bonus points are awarded if a stage is completed quickly enough. If too much time is taken, however, the bottom of the stage will start to rise, pushing the balls already in play towards the top of the screen. If the top of the screen is reached, the game is over.
Uo Poko features thirty stages of play.
Game ID : CV02
Cave 1st Generation Hardware
Main CPU : MC68000 (@ 16 Mhz)
Sound CPU : Zilog Z80 [Optional]
Sound Chips : Yamaha YMZ280B (@ 16.9344 Mhz) or OKIM6295 x (1 or 2) + YM2203 / YM2151 [Optional]
Other : 93C46 EEPROM
Screen orientation : Horizontal
Video resolution : 320 x 240 pixels
Screen refresh : 57.55 Hz
Palette colors : 32768
Players : 2
Control : 8-way joystick
Released in February 1998 in Japan.
The Japanese version has an additional subtitle which can be translated as "Lots of Fish".
When the Submarine appears, launch a bubble above, if you succeed, a laser will start destroying the touched bubbles.
1. Uo Poko - Lots of Fish (1998)
2. Himitsu no Hana Poko
Developed by Cave.
Sound composer : Ryuichi Yabuki
Official website; http://www.cave.co.jp/gameonline/uopoko/index.html