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The Great Ragtime Show

Arcade Video game published 31 years ago by Data East

Listed in MAME

The Great Ragtime Show screenshot

The Great Ragtime Show © 1992 Data East.

A superbly playable, humorous and utterly unique shoot-em-up from the Date East stable. The player begins each life in control of a bi-plane with a huge metal hook attached to its rear. This hook can be used to pick up enemies, objects, bombs and vehicles which can then be thrown both at other enemies, and at any walls and doorways that may be barring the player's route.

If the bi-plane takes two hits from enemy forces, it will explode and the player is forced to continue on foot. The on-foot sections play in a vaguely similar fashion to SNK's legendary "Metal Slug" series, but while on foot, the player has no protection from enemy hits and is very vulnerable to attack. As such, a replacement vehicle (which appear in the form of tanks, motorbikes, giant robots, elephants etc.) must be found quickly.

The Great Ragtime Show features highly detailed and completely destructible scenery, with a multitude of background animations making the game feel 'alive' and giving it much of its distinctive character. The game's settings are as original as its gameplay; with museums, fairgrounds, the inside of skyscrapers etc. all making an appearance. The Great Ragtime Show soundtrack is also unique to the genre, with a mixture of well-known jazz and blues tunes accompanying the frenetic on-screen action.

TECHNICAL

Main CPU : Motorola 68000 (@ 14 Mhz), HuC6280 (@ 8.055 Mhz)
Sound Chips : Yamaha YM2151 (@ 3.58 Mhz), OKI6295 (@ 7.627 Khz), OKI6295 (@ 15.255 Khz)

Players: 2
Control: 8-way Joystick
Buttons: 3

TRIVIA

Released in November 1992 in Japan.

This game is known outside Japan as "Boogie Wings".

The 'Blues Brothers' appear in the 'Merry Merry Christmas' stage.

UPDATES

V.1.3
* 92.11.26

V.1.5
* 92.12.07

TIPS AND TRICKS

* Secret Character 'Santa Claus' : In Merry Merry Christmas stage, pick up boss's head parts with skyhook then throw it after destroying the boss. Santa Claus will appear on the screen.

STAFF
SOURCES

Game's ROM.
Game's screenshots.
Official website: http://www.dataeast-corp.co.jp/dev/history/history6.htm