POMPING WORLD
( Buster Bros. )
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(c)1991 HUDSON SOFT
(c)1989.1991 CAPCOM
(p)1991 MADE IN JAPAN
Release : 1991-5-31 (•4500)
CDRom≤ NCD1019
Platform / Puzzle game

American Version
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Released in US as BUSTER BROS.
(TGXCD1031)
Pomping World is the conversion by Hudson Soft of the popular arcade game originally developed by Capcom and called Pang. The goal of the game is extremely simple : The player (or 2 simultaneously) has to clean up all the huge colored bouncing spheres on screen. But, in a way similar to Atari's Asteroid, each time a ball is hit, it pops and splits in two, and in two, and so on - all in all, a standard ball can split up to eight times. And if a ball, even tiny, hits the player then he loses a precious life. The player can use several weapons to pop them up, from standard vertical Harpoons to fast Laser-Guns. But the player must watch out for the small creatures that wonder around the play field and that will freeze the active weapon for a short amount of time. Power-ups of course appear from time to time to help our bubble-buster in his journey, such as freeze-time options and special hook that can stick to walls. The game is divided into different group of stages which all represent a different location in the World like the Taj Mahal or Paris. (this feature certainly reminds us of Capcom's Street Fighters).
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Teaser text from the American version:
The fate of the world resets in your hands. BUSTER BROS. is an action game in which you dodge dropping balls and shoot them with your weapons which include a wire or a Valkan cannon. You will flight at the Statue of Liberty, Mt. Fuji, Taji Mahal, Angkor Wat, Airs Rock, Etc. Now, let's got to save the world !

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I do not really know why but, deep inside me, I have always liked Pomping World (aka Pang). The design of the game is really simple and can get tricky to master in later stages - without forgetting the two simultaneous players mode which is very addictive and fun. This PC Engine version is overall excellent - graphics are well drawn and detailed (even if some sprites are somehow lacking color depth compared to other versions) and the animation works really well. Tops that with great CD quality musics and a technically flawless conversion (the screen doesn't even flicker or slows down when covered with dozens of sprites) and you get a version very close (if not identical) to the original arcade game.




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