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Fantasy Zone (Rev A, unprotected)


Fantasy Zone (c) 03/1986 Sega.


The Fantasy Zone is under attack by an army of ruthless, yet undeniably cute, alien enemies. A fearless space fighter by the name of 'Opa-opa' (a craft that is as cute as the game's enemies, featuring wings and feet - the latter appearing whenever the player flies down to ground level at the bottom of the screen) must stop the alien invasion to restore peace to the Fantasy Zone, as well as finding his missing father, 'Opapa', in the process.


Each level has a number of large, enemy generating ships, that produce a constant stream of enemies to attack the player. While the enemies the generators produce can either be shot or avoided, the generators themselves MUST be destroyed. Once the generators are gone, an end-of-level ship will appear that must be beaten to complete the level.


Fantasy Zone is rendered with the surreal, brightly coloured graphics that typify many Japanese videogames; with an equally abstract approach to in-game weapons: with that cartoon comedy staple, the 'anvil', making an appearance.


- TECHNICAL -


Sega System 16A hardware


Main CPU : 68000 (@ 10 Mhz)

Sound CPU : Z80 (@ 4 Mhz)

Sound Chips : YM2151 (@ 4 Mhz)


Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 320 x 224 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 6144


Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 2


- TRIVIA -


The game's main character Opa-opa makes a cameo in 'Zillion' a science fiction anime T.V. series from the 80's, and in the Sega Dreamcast games Shenmue (1999) and Shenmue 2 (2001) as a collectable figurine.


The Stage 1 music was recycled in the Sega Mega Drive role-playing-game "Phantasy Star 4".


Alfa Records released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Sega Game Music Vol.2 - 28XA-108) on 25/02/1987.


- UPDATES -


The music is incomplete in early Japanese version and completed in the US version.


- SERIES -


1. Fantasy Zone (1986)

2. Fantasy Zone II (19??)

3. Fantasy Zone - The Maze (1987, Sega Master System)

4. Fantasy Zone Gear (1991, Sega Game Gear)

5. Space Fantasy Zone (1991, NEC PC-Engine CD)

6. Super Fantasy Zone (1993, Sega Mega Drive)


- STAFF -


Music by : Hiroshi Miyauchi


- PORTS -


* Consoles :

Sega Master System (1986)

NEC PC-Engine (1988)

Nintendo Famicom (1989)

Sega Saturn (1997)

Sony PlayStation 2 (2003, "Sega Ages 2500 Vol. 3 - Fantasy Zone")


* Computers :

MSX (1986)

Sharp X68000 (1989)


* Others :

Mobiles phones (2002)