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Pooyan (Stern Electronics)

Pooyan (c) 10/1982 Konami.

The player takes on the role of a bow-and-arrow welding pig who must protect her piglets from the pack of hungry wolves ballooning up or down the cliff face. The pig is suspended in a winch-controlled cage and must move vertically up and down, shooting the balloons and sending the wolves plummeting to the ground. Any wolves she missies will, having safely reached the ground, climb a ladder to try and bite her. Also, if any of the wolves reach the ground, more piglets will be captured by them. Mother Pig must try to kill as many wolves as possible without letting them reach the ground.

On the second level, the wolves use balloons to float upwards to the top of a high cliff. If enough of them reach the cliff, they will push a huge boulder down onto Mother Pig's cage. After this level has been completed, the piglets who have been captured are rescued and the game starts over with increased difficulty.

There is also a bonus round where Mother Pig will attempt to eliminate as many wolves on ascending balloons as possible by throwing as few slabs of meat as possible for a maximum bonus score.


Game ID : GX320

Main CPU : Z80 (@ 3.072 Mhz)

Sound CPU : Z80 (@ 1.789772 Mhz)

Sound Chips : (2x) AY8910 (@ 1.789772 Mhz), (6x) RC (@ 1.789772 Mhz)

Screen orientation : Vertical

Video resolution : 224 x 256 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 32

Players : 2

Control : 2-way joystick (vertical)

Buttons : 1 (FIRE)


Also licensed to Stern for US manufacture and distribution (12/1982).

Pooyan is Japanese for 'little pigs'. It is also very rarely used as an adjective meaning 'extremely stupid'. For example, 'Intentionally puncturing your spacesuit is pooyan', or 'Injecting straight heroin into your eyeballs is a pooyan idea'.

Pooyan is among the most innovative shooters in history and cute besides.

Mark Kinter holds the official record for this game with 1,609,250 points.

A bootleg of this game is known as "Pootan".

A Pooyan unit appears in the 1983 movie 'Joysticks'.

A Pooyan machine was shown at the 2003 classic arcade games show 'California Extreme' in San Jose, California.


* Consoles :

Atari 2600 (1982)

Nintendo Famicom

Sony PlayStation (1999, "Konami Arcade Classics")

Sony Playstation 2 (2006 "Oretachi Game Center - Pooyan")

* Computers :

Commodore C64 (1983)

MSX (1985)

Atari 800


* Others :

LCD handheld game (19??) released by Gakken.