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Side Arms - Hyper Dyne (World)

Side Arms - Hyper Dyne (c) 12/1986 Capcom.

An evil alien race called the 'Bozon' are trying to wipe out Mankind, and Lieutenant Henry and Sergent Sanders are given the responsibility of saving the Human Race. They each climb into a Mobilsuit - a jet-powered, heavily armoured combat suit - and set out on their mission.

Side Arms is a horizontally - and occasionally vertically - scrolling shoot-em-up for one or two players. Each player has two fire buttons, one for shooting ahead and one for shooting behind; crucial for a game in which enemies attack from all directions. Shooting certain enemies will reveal power-ups - displayed as 'POW' icons - and shooting the icons will either change their type, or reveal a special weapon.

Finally, Side Arms features a unique power-up that is only available in the two-player game; both players can join together to become a single, highly powerful combat unit capable of firing in eight different directions. When joined, BOTH players' controllers can control the unit, which can cause problems if players decide to go in different directions to each other.

The five available power-ups are :

* Speed-up

* Speed-down

* Bit (increases firepower)

* Mega Bazooka Launcher

* Three-Way Shot


Main CPU : Z80 (@ 4 Mhz)

Sound CPU : Z80 (@ 4 Mhz)

Sound Chips : (2x) YM2203 (@ 4 Mhz)

Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 384 x 224 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 1024

Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 3


Licensed to Romstar for US distribution.

The Japanese version is known as "Side Arms - Hyper Dyne : Zettai Gattai".

The player one character appears as a bonus item in some Capcom games including : "19XX - The War Against Destiny", "Super Buster Bros.", "U.N. Squadron" and "Black Tiger".

Alfa Records released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Capcom Game Music Vol.2 - 28XA-203) on 25/03/1988.


* During the attract sequences, when the players are joined, you can even move the character around without having to add any credits.


1. Section Z (1985)

2. Side Arms - Hyper Dyne (1986)


Game designers : Noritaka Funamizu (Poo), Kihaji Okamoto

Object designers : Dekachin, Kawamoyan

Scroll designers : Toride No Yas, Miki Chan

Supplement : Uhe Uhe, Kurichan

Sound : Tadanomi Surozoo

Music : Ayako Mori

Hardware : Panchi Kubozoo (Punch Kubozoo)

Software : Mr.


* Consoles :

NEC PC-Engine (1989)

Sony PSP (2006, "Capcom Classics Collection Remixed")

Sony PlayStation 2 (2006, "Capcom Classics Collection, Volume 2")

Microsoft XBOX (2006, "Capcom Classics Collection, Volume 2")

* Computers :

PC (1987)

Commodore C64 (1988)

Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1988)

Amstrad CPC (1988)

Atari ST (1988)

Commodore Amiga