Terra Cresta

The Arcade PCB by Nichibutsu

Terra Cresta screenshot

Emulated in MAME !



Terra Cresta © 1985 Nichibutsu.

Terra Cresta is a vertically-scrolling shoot-em-up set over a constantly scrolling landscape of islands and enemy installations. The player is under constant attack from enemy spaceship waves, ground-based guns and turrets, dinosaurs and three different mothercraft ships.

The levels are littered with ground-based silos bearing numbers between 2 and 5. These can be shot to release a player ship component, which then attaches to the player's current ship, increasing both its size and firepower. Power-ups available are 2-Wide shot, 3-Rear Shot, 4-Front cannon and 5-Rear shield.

Using the 'Formation' button splits the ship parts into a formation for limited time, giving increased fire power. The number of parts acquired determines the formation. For example, if the player has picked up two ship parts then a triangle is formed, with the player's main ship at the rear of the formation, with additional two ship components positioned at the front edge of the triangle.

When all four numbered parts have been collected, the player's ship transforms into a flaming Phoenix, and is indestructible for a limited time.


Terra Cresta the  Arcade PCB
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Main CPU : Motorola 68000 (@ 8 Mhz)
Sound CPU : Zilog Z80 (@ 4 Mhz)
Sound Chips : (2x) Yamaha YM2203 (@ 4 Mhz), (2x) DAC

Screen orientation : Vertical
Video resolution : 224 x 256 pixels
Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz
Palette colors : 256

Players : 1
Control : 8-way joystick
Buttons : 2
=> [A] Shoot, [B] Formation


Terra Cresta was released in November 1985.

You can become a phoenix like in the title screen if you collect all the ship parts :).

Pony Canyon / Scitron released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (G.S.M. Nichibutsu 1 - D28B0004) on September 21, 1988.


New version uses a YM3526 (@ 4 Mhz) sound chip instead of a YM2203


1. Moon Cresta (1980)
2. Terra Cresta (1985)
3. Dangar - Ufo Robo (1986)
4. Terra Force (1987)
5. Terra Cresta II - Mandoraa no Gyakushuu (1992, NEC PC Engine)


japan Nintendo Famicom (September 27, 1986) "Terra Cresta [NBF-TC]"
usa Nintendo NES (March 1990) "Terra Cresta [Model NES-TQ-USA]"
japan Sony PS2 (October 27, 2005) "Terra Cresta [Oretachi Geasen Zoku] [Model SLPM-62661]"
japan Sony PlayStation 4 [PSN] (November 20, 2014) "Arcade Archives - Terra Cresta [Model CUSA-01254]"
[AS] Sony PlayStation 4 [PSN] (May 14, 2015) "Arcade Archives - Terra Cresta"
usa Sony PlayStation 4 [PSN] (May 19, 2015) "Arcade Archives - Terra Cresta [Model CUSA-00983]"
europe australia Sony PlayStation 4 [PSN] (September 15, 2015) "Arcade Archives - Terra Cresta [Model CUSA-02658]"

europe Amstrad CPC (1986)
europe Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1986)
usa europe Commodore C64 (1987)
japan Sharp X68000 (November 20, 1992) "Moon Cresta + Terra Cresta [Model DP-3205023]"

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