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Tropical Angel

Tropical Angel (c) 09/1983 Irem.

An abstract take on the 3d racing genre, Tropical Angel puts the player in control of a female water-skier who must dodge the many rocks that protrude from the water while attempting to steer through a set number of gates - in the form of a pair of flags - before the time limit expires. The acceleration button needs to be held down all the time while the 'trick' button makes the water-skiing girl spin through one-eighty degrees and proceed to ski backwards. The player cannot steer while traveling backwards, but will earn bonus points for the duration of the trick. As the game progresses, small ramps, buoys and sharks come into play. The small ramps can be jumped to add to the player's score, although they're always in difficult to reach locations. The buoys are usually very close together, but skiing between them earns bonus points. Finally, the shark will appear from time-to-time, running into it means game over, regardless of how much time the player has left.


Irem M-57 hardware

Main CPU : Z80 (@ 3 Mhz)

Sound CPU : M6803 (@ 894.886 Khz)

Sound Chips : (2x) AY8910 (@ 894.886 Khz), (2x) MSM5205 (@ 384 Khz)

Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 240 x 240 pixels

Screen refresh : 57.00 Hz

Palette colors : 272

Players : 2

Control : 2-way joystick

Buttons : 2 (gaz button and trick button)


This title was only available as conversion kit, there were no dedicated cabinets made. The kit for this title would install in any cabinet with a horizontal monitor. The kit was rather different in the fact that it supported both joysticks AND analog driving controls. The marquee to this game bore a photo of two cartoon water skiers being pulled behind a boat, one of which was in the process of falling down.