Twin Bee [Model GX412]

The Arcade Video Game PCB by Konami Industry Co., Ltd.

Twin Bee [Model GX412] screenshot

Emulated in MAME !

DESCRIPTION

[ARCADE] Arcade Video Game PCB

Twin Bee © 1985 Konami.


Twin Bee is an overhead scrolling game starring a pair of bee-shaped robots, Twinbee (the blue one) and his female counterpart Winbee (the pink one), Twin Bee is part of what are called 'cute 'em ups', a slang for shoot-em-up games that feature cute characters, animals and other funny looking creatures, among other whimsical themes and brightly colored landscapes. It's a fun game to play with at least 6 stages that repeat themselves with increased difficulty as you go along.

Power-ups and extra points can be found in special bells hidden in some enemies that, when shot a certain number of times, will change color and then, when touched by the player, will provide a powerup, such as extra speed.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Konami's Bubble System Board
Game ID : GX412

Main CPU : Motorola 68000 (@ 9.216 Mhz), Zilog Z80 (@ 3.579545 Mhz)
Sound Chips : (2x) General Instrument AY8910 (@ 1.789772 Mhz), K005289 (@ 1.789772 Mhz), Sanyo VLM5030 (@ 3.579545 Mhz)

Players : 2
Control : 8-way joystick
Buttons : 2

TRIVIA

Twin Bee was released in March 1985.

This is the first title using Konami's Bubble System Board.

Alfa Records released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Konami Game Music Vol.1 - 28XA-85) on June 25, 1986.

TIPS AND TRICKS

* Formation Bonus : If you take out all enemies in a formation, you get bonus points.

* Yellow bell bonus : If you keep on picking up yellow bells, you earn increasing bonus points. The bonus will increase up to 10,000 points. But if you miss picking up even 1 bell in the process, the bonus drops to 500 points.

* If you keep on shooting a bell : The bell will break and turn into a bee! Be careful.

* Change the color of a bell as you wish : The color of a bell changes after every 5 shots
5 -- white
10 -- blue
15 -- green
20 -- red

* The Multiple and Barrier cannot be used together : When you have your Multiple, the Barrier (red bell) will not be available. When you have your barrier, the multiple (green bell) will not be available.

* If you take out enemies on the ground : Fruit items will appear. Pick them up to get bonus points. Strange items will appear every once in a while.

* Call an ambulance : When you get one of your hands destroyed, get your other hand destroyed (if you can afford it) to call an ambulance.

SERIES

1. Twin Bee [Model GX412] (1985, Arcade)
2. Moero TwinBee - Cinnamon Hakase wo Sukue! [Model KDS-TIN] (1986, Famicom Disk System)
3. Twin Bee 3 - Poko Poko Dai Maou [Model KON-RC841] (1989, Famicom)
4. TwinBee da!! [Model DMG-TDJ] (1990, Game Boy)
5. Detana!! Twin Bee (1991, Arcade)
6. Pop'n TwinBee [Model SHVC-PT] (1993, Super Famicom)
7. Twin Bee Yahhoo! Fushigi no Kuni de Dai Abare!! (1995, Arcade)

PORTS

CONSOLES:
[JP] Nintendo Famicom (jan.4, 1986) "Twin Bee [Model RC807]"
Nintendo Famicom Disk [JP] (mar.11, 1988) "TwinBee [Model KDS-TWN]"
[JP] Sony PS4 [PSN] (dec.25, 2015) "Arcade Archives - TwinBee [Model CUSA-03607]"
Sony PlayStation 4 [PSN] [US] (feb.26, 2016) "Arcade Archives - Twinbee [Model CUSA-03718]"
Sony PlayStation 4 [PSN] [EU] [AU] (may.10, 2016) "Arcade Archives - TwinBee [Model CUSA-03939]"

HANDHELDS:
[JP] Sony PSP (jan.25, 2007) "Twin Bee Portable [Model ULJM-05221]"
[JP] Nintendo DS (mar.15, 2007) "Konami Arcade Collection [Model NTR-A5KJ-JPN]"
[US] Nintendo DS (mar.27, 2007) as 'RainbowBell' in "Konami Classic Series - Arcade Hits [Model NTR-ACXE-USA]"
[EU] Nintendo DS (oct.26, 2007) "Konami Arcade Classics [Model NTR-ACXP-EUR]"
[AU] Nintendo DS (oct.29, 2007) "Konami Arcade Classics"
Nintendo 3DS [eShop] [JP] (2011) "3D Classics"

COMPUTERS:
[JP] MSX (may.25, 1986) "Twin Bee [Model RC740]"
[JP] Sharp X68000 (feb.1988)

SOURCES
Game's ROM.