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Rod-Land (World)


Rod-Land (c) 04/1990 Jaleco.


An incredibly cute one or two player platform game in which two fairies must use their 'Rods of Sheesanomo' - two magical rods that enable the fairies to catch enemies and slam them into the platforms to kill them - to clear each level and continue their journey to the castle, to rescue their kidnapped mother.


As well as the magical rods, the fairies can also create a magical ladder - in a fashion very similar to that used in Taito's "Rainbow islands" - which can be utilised anywhere on a level that players wish, allowing them to reach other platforms or escape from any pursuing enemies.


- TECHNICAL -


Jaleco Mega System 1-A hardware


Main CPU : 68000 (@ 12 Mhz)

Sound CPU : 68000 (@ 7 Mhz)

Sound Chips : YM2151 (@ 3.5 Mhz), (2x) OKI6295 (@ 30.303 Khz)


Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 256 x 224 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 1024


Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 2 (Catch, Create magical ladder)


- TRIVIA -


This game is known in Japan as "Rod Land - Haha wo Motomete 30 Kai".


Rod-Land contains a second episode (see ''Tips And Tricks'' section) known in Japan as "Rod Land - Tozasareta Sekai". This time, the storyline has an alien pyramid landing in Fairland and in this episode, it is the girls' father that must be rescued. The gameplay is identical to that of the first episode, with only graphical differences seperating the two.


Pony Canyon / Scitron released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Rod-Land - PCCB-00028) on 21/05/1990.


- TIPS AND TRICKS -


* How to access 'Part 2 : The Unknown Pyramid', the Second Episode (note : this can also be unlocked via the dip switches settings)...

English version : after inserting a coin, press DOWN three times, then START.

Japanese version : after inserting a coin, press UP three times, then START.


* How to access 'Part 1 : Rescue My Mom', the first episode, when the second is enabled (via dip switches settings)...

English version : after inserting a coin, press UP three times, then START.

Japanese version : after inserting a coin, press DOWN three times, then START.


- STAFF -


Music composed by : Tsukasa Tawada


- PORTS -


* Consoles :

Nintendo Famicom (1992)

Nintendo Game Boy (1993)


* Computers :

Amstrad CPC (1990)

Commodore C64 (1991)

Commodore Amiga (1991)

Atari ST (1991)

Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1992)