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CHIKI CHIKI BOYS
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チキチキボーイズ
©Capcom 1990
©NEC Avenue 1994
Release : 1994-07-15 (¥4800)
SuperCDRom² NAPR-1033
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Chiki Chiki Boys is a cute side scrolling action game by Nec Avenue and is the conversion of Capcom's coin up originally released in 1990 (also known as Mega Twins in the west). The kingdom of Alurea is at stake. An evil clown and his army of blue goblins, mean bean pods and two headed giant turtles have invaded the land and two courageous twin brothers appear to be the country's only hope. Their duty is to retrieve the legendary Dragon Blue Eye, a magic stone which is said to hold the power to save the world. But to do so, they first need to earn the powers of the gods and meet three of them in their shrines - the Earth, the Heavens and the Ocean. Consequently, the first three stages of the game can be played in any order and completing them unlocks the last six levels leading to the clown's lair. Each boy is armed with a sword and a small shield. Countless treasure chests are also hidden throughout the game and contain coins and various special items - some of them are pills that replenishes the player's health, other grants him a temporary invincibility. But the boy's greatest assets are the powers from the gods that can be found inside large clam shells. They come in different flavors - walls of fire, bouncing balls of energy, typhoon and so forth - and cause damage to most of the enemies on screen when used. A two simultaneous player mode is available.
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Arcade game Chiki Chiki Boys (aka Mega Twins in the west) was first released in the arcades in 1990 (picture on the left). As a side note, the American and European versions were censured and the kidnaped girls found in later stages were completely omitted. The game was ported to the Atari ST (1991), Commodore Amiga (1991), Sega Megadrive (1992) and PC Engine (1994). It was also included in the Capcom Classics Collection Volume 2 compilation released for the Sony Playstation 2 and Microsoft Xbox in 2005, and in the Capcom Classics Collection Remixed released for Sony PSP in 2006.

The PC Engine version tested here shows a couple of differences with the original arcade game. For instance, there don't seem to be any upgrades for the sword and some other power-ups, like the Double Power up that creates a mirror image of the player, have been omitted.

Game Staff (Copied from the end credits) :

- THE CREW -

Game Design
Bully Dick

Director
Poo
Okamoto
Object Design
Mambow
Ikasan Z
Unicorn Mayumi

Scroll Design
Yummy & Ziggy
Sound Design
Hifumi

Hard Design
Kuccan

Special Thanks
Ozzy
Kame
Satochan
Genie
Programming
Blbon
Meijin
Shikou Yuki

Presented By
CAPCOM


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The first time I laid my eyes on the original arcade version of Chiki Chiki Boys, I was captivated by the bright and colorful graphics and the overall awesome style of the game. I love most of Capcom creations from that time period and this game is a great example of how prolific the company was back in the 1990s. This PC Engine conversion has lost some of the game's charms - sprites are all squished horizontally and I'm not a big fan of the look of some of them, like if Nec had simply digitized them from the arcade game and scaled them down. The game is also overall really easy and I finished it on my first try... On another hand, most of the arcade game is there except maybe for those sword power-ups from the original arcade game - I couldn't find them anywhere... also, the soundtrack is probably the game's best asset with rearranged and CD quality tracks. Chiki Chiki Boys is nevertheless an excellent and atmospheric title with great controls and a solid gameplay. It is sadly hard to find nowadays and can be quite expensive...




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