DEAD ZONE
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デッドゾーン
©1986 Sunsoft
Release: 1986-11-20 (¥2980)
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Digital Comic / Adventure game

Dead Zone is a futuristic digital comic and text adventure game by Sunsoft. In the space calendar 0385, the Earth suffers from overpopulation and humans started to build space colonies. Kirk, Dead Zone's protagonist, works for the Earth federation's space development office. He is a brilliant engineer in space physics and he works for Sirius' third planet colony. He also got engaged with his beloved girlfriend Marry but had to postpone their wedding because of work obligations. Five months later, Kirk accompanied by his robot Carry , decides to meet Marry at last and to prepare the ceremony. But when he finally gets to the space station, everything is strangely quiet. Suddenly, a beam of light hits him. He wakes up sometimes later inside a sort of underground graveyard, pieces of dismantled robots surrounding him. In a traditional digital comic/text adventure game fashion, the screen shows a large view of the surroundings. and the bottom displays simple action commands such as see, take or push. However all these commands and in-game text are in Japanese. One of the original feature of the game is to use real sampled sounds in places which is very unusual for the time.
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Menu's Translation Here is some help to get around the first part of the game. Kirk's first task is to find his robot companion Carry. First you need to push the big robot facing you, and then move the robot's hand. Carry should be now visible. However, it doesn't seem to work anymore. First you need to look and open the robot in front of you and take the screwdriver and S-battery. Then you need to look behind you, open the other robot and take the R-Battery. Just put those batteries in Carry and activate him. Now, leaving the place is tricky. Talk to Carry and he will activate the room's crusher. The walls will slowly move and crush everything. But you have to be patient and wait exactly five "actions" (for instance, just look around 5 times). Then you have to look up, take the metal grid from the ceiling and get out to the first floor. I leave you now to the rest of the game...

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Dead Zone - Japanese Guide Book
Japanese Guide Book
Dead Zone - Japanese Guide Book
Japanese Guide Book
Dead Zone - Japanese Guide Book
Japanese Guide Book
Dead Zone - Japanese Guide Book
Japanese Guide Book


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Dead Zone - Chirashi
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Let's put it straight from the start - If you do not read Japanese, just forget about this game. Dead Zone can be fairly suitable for beginners as it only uses Katakana and this allows players with a basic knowledge of Japanese to *sort of* find their way around. I wonder if the lack of Hiraganas has anything to do with the programmers trying to save up memory. Anyway, Dead Zone is an overall very simple game, graphics are not outstanding and some situations are very tricky to figure out - especially the ones with a time limit ! Even the Japanese speaking players will have some serious head scratching moments while playing this game.




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