PSYCHO CHASER
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(c)1990 naxat soft
Release : 1990-4-6 (5800)
HuCard (2 Mbits) NX90003
Shooter / Vertical
Psycho Chaser is an unusual vertical shooter by Naxat Soft. The player takes control of a walking humanoid-cyborg, somehow inspired by our beloved Robocop. Our hero is armed with an arsenal of weapons which can be switched over at anytime during the game. Four different weapons are available: Fire Balls, Multiway, Side Buster and Homing Thunder. Special icons can be collected during the game to either vary our hero's walking speed, add secondary missiles or a special, and rare, power-up boosting our weapons to the max for a short time. At the end of each area, our cyborg will be rewarded with Psycho Energy Points. Those can be used to power-up (up to 4 times) any of the available weapons. The game counts six intense stages filled up with all kind of enemies, including middle-bosses.
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Psycho Chaser for the PC Engine really sounds and looks similar to Override, released a year later by Data East. A closer look at the game's credit makes everything clear, virtually the same staff worked on both games :Yasue Santoh, Toyofumi Kunihiro, Shinichi Abe and Tsutomu Takase.

Game Staff (Copied from the end credits) :

Programmer
Toyofumi Kunihiro

Graphic Designer
Shinichi Abe
Tsutomu Takase
Sound Composer
Yasue Santoh

Sound Effect
Takeshi Santoh
Director
Tomoyuki Yamagishi

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FASTER GAME
On the game title, hold (I) (II) and then reset (SELECT)+(RUN)

SOUND TEST
Reset (SELECT)+(RUN) the game 35 times
When the game title appears, press (SELECT) 7 times (game's logo will flash) then press (RUN)

STAGE SELECT
Select the sound 1F on the sound test, then press (RUN) 8 times

INVINCIBILITY
On the Stage select, hold (I) and press (RUN)

SEE THE ENDING
On the Stage select, hold (I) (II) (SELECT) and press (RUN)

4 SCREENS SPLIT
This tip seems to be familiar with Naxat Soft, wondering why ?... Anyway, On the game title hold (II) then reset (SELECT)+(RUN)



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Psycho Chaser is sadly an average game. However, it is far from being a disaster, but it feels like something of a missed opportunity. The concept of a walking robot is excellent and definitively adds to a genre flooded with spaceships and flying saucers. But it lacks quality in almost every aspects. Graphics are average with flashy aliens and bland backgrounds (yet they get better in later stages). Musics and sound effects are far from memorable. But the gameplay and controls are solid and this is what definitively saves this title. An average but yet entertaining title which can usually be found for cheap, so why not give it a try ?




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