CACOMA KNIGHT
( Cacoma Knight In Bizyland )
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カコマ ナイト
©1992 DATAM Polystar
Release: 1992-11-21 (¥7800)
Cartridge SHVC-CC
Puzzle game

American Version
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Released in America as
CACOMA KNIGHT IN BIZYLAND
( SNS-CC-USA )
Cacoma Knight is a puzzle/action game by DataM Polystar. The rich and peaceful Fīrudorando kingdom (Field-land, aka Bizyland in the American version) is at stake and the evil queen Wagamamā, queen of Lazyland, has ravaged the land with the help of her malefic mirror. The country is now cursed and the prosperity that once existed has been replaced by desolation and misery. The princess Ohime-sama (aka Ophelia) has also been taken away and she is now trapped inside the mirror world. The king decides to look for someone who can save the princess and the kingdom, and he eventually finds three heroes who seem unaffected by Wagamamā's curse - the cute Jin Torī (aka Jean), the courageous Hī Patta (aka Jack) and the humanoid-robot Kakomaru (aka RB93). Cacoma Knight is largely based on Qix, the classic arcade game released by Taito in 1981. Each stage must be cleared (or "purified") by surrounding and closing off potions of the playfield, and the percentage of screen area to clear up starts low and increases as the game progresses. Hordes of enemies of all kinds also chase our heroes throughout the game - some walk along the line the player leaves behind and can't be killed, others freely move inside areas that haven't been cleared and can be destroyed (for a short amount of time) by closing off the surface they're standing on. Cleared section also provides power-ups, special items and points hidden inside pink treasure chests - some of them give the player invincibility for a short amount of time whereas others give him extra lives or speed boots. Cacoma Knight also features a cooperative and versus two-player mode.
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Teaser text from the American version:
Chalk one up for fun !
King Cacoma, the goofy golfing ruler of Bizyland needs you. Evil Queen Wagamama with the help of her meddling mirror have cast a spell on his kingdom. Precious Princess Ophelia is trapped in the mirror! Bizyland has turned desolate and grey! Everyone but three slacking subjects are affected by the spell. It's up to you to grab the magic chalk and guide the quest to reclaim Bizyland and save the Princess.

Game Staff (Copied from the end credits) :

Executive Producer
Yukio Kakehi
Assistant Producer
A. Tomikawa
Director
T. Yoshikawa
Programmer
Crazy Tom
Character Design
Ani Shimizu
Graphic Editor
S. W
A. Kumura
Sound Composer
T. Wakuta
Desk
M. Takada
Sales Promotion
H. Monma
Assistant
T. Kusakabe
Special Thanks to
T. Ishizashi
Y. Kikuchi
Y. Saitou
Tsunja
Presented by
DATAM Polystar


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Cacoma Knight, despite not offering a revolutionary concept, is still a quite addictive and fun game to play. Graphics are detailed and colorful and do the job just fine. However, Cacoma Knight suffers from terrible technical flaws and dramatically slows down in later stages, especially when enemies start shooting all kinds of projectiles at you. The difficulty level also cranks up rapidly which makes later stages really challenging, despite a fairly short lifespan with only 18 levels to complete. Fans of Qix will appreciate the variety and will definitely enjoy playing Cacoma Knight - but don't expect anything groundbreaking here.




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