Exed Exes © 1985 Tokuma Shoten Intermedia, Incorporated.
Exed Exes is a vertical shooter, conversion of an arcade game originally released by Capcom in 1985. The game takes place in the midst of a raging war - insect like creatures called the Exes have invaded Neg-Nin, a far distant planet in a remote galaxy, thousands of light years away from Earth. Scientists on Neg-Nin started to build a warship in reaction to the sudden bug invasion. The fighter comes equipped with a particle cannon which can be upgraded to double or triple laser beams by collecting special Pow icons dotted around each level. Unlike most other shooters of its kind, upgrades in Exed Exes are not cumulative, and specific Pow icons power-up the craft to the lowest, middle or highest power level (some, called woP even downgrade the main weapon). The ship comes with a limited amount of Mega Crush bombs that clear all enemy bullets from the screen. Levels follow a traditional structure, with waves of all kind of multicolored insects (bees, beetles, flies, dragonflies), large bugs and ground cannons that relentlessly bombard the player. Also, through several levels, the player automatically enters bonus phases called Hi-Point Areas. The background turns black and different types of enemies (usually skulls) slowly move down the screen. They can easily be destroyed, but collecting special Pow icons instantly turns them into fruits for extra points.
Each level ends with a boss battle, and each one of them is made out of different components (skulls, guns and flashing cores) that need to be destroyed in order to proceed to the next stage. Exed Exes features a two-player simultaneous option.
Game ID: GTS-EE
Exed Exes was released on December 21, 1985 in Japan for 5200 Yen.
Apparently, Tokuma Shoten organized a contest to commemorate the release of Exed Exes in Japan. Four special words appear throughtout the game, all triggered by a certain hi-score:
- BABYBOY (between 500,000 and 2,000,000)
- TOUCHME (between 2,000,000 and 5,000,000)
- KICKPOP (between 5,000,000 and 9,000,000)
- RAPYTUA (over 9,000,000).
This is rather tricky to achieve, although the game gives the player unlimited continues, the score counter resets to zero after a game over. The game's manual reveals some information about the contest. It seems that prizes were awarded through Tokuma Shoten's Family Computer Magazine to players who could send such passwords. Prizes came in the shape of member stickers that players would put on their original Famicom game cartridge of Exed Exes. The prize stickers were Silver (2000 winners), Gold (500 winners), Platinum (100 winners) and Royal (10 winners).
Infinite continues: Press A and B when the continue message appears at the bottom of the screen.
Game's description by Laurent Kermel; http://www.videogameden.com