(Tatakae! Chou Robotto Seimeitai Transformers - Convoy no Nazo)
Transformers Convoy no Nazo is a side scrolling action game published by Takara and based on the hit and ever popular Transformers animated series from the 1980's. The protagonist of the game is Ultra Magnus, an Autobot commander, who goes on a solo commando mission against the Decepticon empire to find out what happened to his defunct leader, the legendary Optimus Prime. Ultra Magnus comes equipped with a blaster gun that can be upgraded (along with other special abilities) by collecting power-ups left behind by Skywarp fighter jets - 'P' cells double the firing power of the blaster gun, 'F' cells (which appear later in the game) give Ultra Magnus the ability to fly, 'B' cells give him a 3-hits shield, '1' cells award extra lives and the 'D' cells cancel out all collected power-ups (and should be avoided for that matter). Throughout the game, Fighter jets also drop special red letter-icons that spell out the name "Rodimus" (see the 'secrets' section to find more information about the Rodimus letters). In the Transformers tradition, Ultra Magnus can also turn into an armored transport carrier (by pressing down) - in this form he can fire powerful missiles but also deal damage to ground enemies (which are hard to hit in robot mode) or drive through narrow corridors and passageways. Transformers Convoy no Nazo consists of ten stages with a boss battle at the end of each one.
Cartridge ID: TFC-TF
Released on December 05, 1986 in Japan for 4900 Yen.
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TIPS AND TRICKS
* Rodimus Letters: Seven letter-icons are hidden throughout the game, in levels 1,2,4,5,6,8 and 9. They are usually carried by Skywarp fighter jets, except for level 8 where the letter-icon is hidden in a secret room. Once all the letters are collected, they spell out the name Rodimus and if you happen to beat the game, you'll be rewarded with a new playable character - Rodimus. However, Rodimus looks fairly similar to Ultra Magnus (except in his vehicle mode) and plays exactly the same.
* Continues: At the Game Over screen, press and hold A, B and Start to continue.
* Warps: There are two special warps hidden in the game. In stages two and seven, defeat the orange Starscream jet-fighter to activate them.