Battle Garegga

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Battle Garegga
System(s): Sega Saturn
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer:
Original system(s): Arcade boards
Publisher(s) of original games: Eighting
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (32 tracks)
Peripherals supported: 3D Control Pad
Genre: Shooting[1][2]

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
JP
¥5,800 (6,090)5,800e[3] T-10627G

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Battle Garegga (バトルガレッガ) is a shoot-'em-up game released in arcades in 1996. It was later released exclusively in Japan for the Sega Saturn in 1998. Published by Electronic Arts, it is its last game published for the Saturn, and by extension, its last game for a Sega system.

A major influence for this game was Taito's Gun Frontier. The pseudo sequels Armed Police Batrider and Battle Bakkraid stayed arcade exclusive.

Gameplay

At first the game appears like a standard world war shooting game, with power ups, bombs and Gradius-esque options.

A is the shot, B is for bombs and C is change the option's formations.

Battle Garegga does away with many conventions of the genre. Enemy bullets are mostly brown and gray, making them hard to see. Screen filling bombs, usually an emergency weapon that should not be used as it lowers score, are encouraged to use as they can trigger specific events. e.g. bombing the castle in stage 2 releases a swarm of invincible birds. Attacking these nets extra score. The game also has a strict "rank" system, with the game getting continuously harder, to the point of practically impossible to beat. The only reliable way to get the difficulty level back down is do die (whether on purpose or not). A secret code gives access to extra ships from Raizing's Mahou Daisakusen, a game never ported to the Sega Saturn. These have the highest score potential in the game, and are counted as regular ships in the game's ranking table. Depending on the button used to select a ship, slightly powered up versions (e.g. fast movement) can be selected.

Non of the above mentioned design decisions are documented in the gameplay or manual. So external sources have to be consulted to get a better understanding of the game's inner working. But Battle Garegga Handbook which is digitalized fanzine and developper's commentaly is included in this CD as an Easter egg.

Production credits

Original Staff:
  • Director: K.Nakashima
  • Program:
    • 68000 Side: S.Yagawa, Y.Watanabe
    • Z80 Side: Y.Ochiai
  • Graphic: S.Yamakawa, M.Tatsuda
  • Sound Effect: Santaruru
  • Test Player: Mr.Daigoro, Marika.F
  • Special Thanks: Mr.Kawase, Mr.Hibi, Healthy, K.Yokoo, S.Onishi, Hideki, K.Shibayama, Chikage, Miki, Hiromi, Chisato
Source:
In-game credits[4]


Magazine articles

Main article: Battle Garegga/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1997-44: "1997-44 (1997-12-19)" (1997-12-05)
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Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1998-06ex: "1998-06 extra (1998-03-06ex)" (1998-02-20)

Physical scans

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Publication Score Source
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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
60
[5]
Joypad (FR) NTSC-J
50
[6]
MAN!AC (DE) NTSC-J
57
[7]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
80
[8]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
90
[9]
Sega Saturn
67
Based on
5 reviews

Battle Garegga

Saturn, JP
BattleGaregga Saturn JP Box Back.jpgBattleGaregga Saturn JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
BattleGaregga Saturn JP Spinecard.jpg
Spinecard
BattleGaregga Saturn JP Disc.jpg
Disc

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
643,634,208 1998-02-03 CD-ROM (JP) T-10627G V1.000

Track list

1. Data track
2. RAIZING (0:06)
3. Rebellion (0:19)
Composed by: Manabu Namiki
4. 4:71am (0:47)
Composed by: Manabu Namiki
5. Fly to the Leaden Sky (1:29)
Composed by: Manabu Namiki
6. Underwater Rampart (2:12)
Composed by: Manabu Namiki
7. Tunnel Vision (2:39)
Composed by: Manabu Namiki
8. Degeneracy (2:08)
Composed by: Manabu Namiki
9. Subversive Awareness (3:45)
Composed by: Manabu Namiki
10. Megalomaniac (3:12)
Composed by: Manabu Namiki
11. Marginal Consciousness (2:21)
Composed by: Manabu Namiki
12. Stab and stomp! (3:41)
Composed by: Manabu Namiki
13. Thrust and Thrash! (3:06)
Composed by: Manabu Namiki
14. Erupter (2:32)
Composed by: Manabu Namiki
15. Fatality (0:07)
Composed by: Manabu Namiki
16. Bluescape (0:47)
Composed by: Manabu Namiki
17. Blood Brothers in the Dawn (0:45)
Composed by: Manabu Namiki
18. RAIZING (0:06)
19. Rebellion (0:19)
Arranged by: Hayato Matsuo
20. 4:71am (1:02)
Arranged by: Manabu Namiki
21. Fly to the Leaden Sky (1:34)
Arranged by: Manabu Namiki
22. Underwater Rampart (2:06)
Arranged by: Ayako Saso
23. Tunnel Vision (2:47)
Arranged by: Hitoshi Sakimoto
24. Degeneracy (2:26)
Arranged by: Takayuki Aihara
25. Subversive Awareness (3:21)
Arranged by: Shinji Hosoe
26. Megalomaniac (3:15)
Arranged by: Kenichi Koyano
27. Marginal Consciousness (2:11)
Arranged by: Kenichi Koyano
28. Stab and stomp! (2:51)
Arranged by: Takayuki Aihara
29. Thrust and Thrash! (3:01)
Arranged by: Ayako Saso
30. Erupter (2:31)
Arranged by: Shinji Hosoe
31. Fatality (0:06)
Arranged by: Manabu Namiki
32. Bluescape (0:51)
Arranged by: Hitoshi Sakimoto
33. Blood Brothers in the Dawn (0:44)
Arranged by: Hayato Matsuo
Running time: 59:07

Extra content

This game has extra content which can be viewed when accessing the disc on a PC.

Saturn (JP) Extra files
Folder / File Type Size description
\OMAKE Folder 3,193,567 Rising webpage extra version. Detailed description of Battle Garegga included.
BT_ABS.TXT TXT (Abstract) 22 About this game.
BT_BIB.TXT TXT (Bibliographiced) 48 About original game
BT_CPY.TXT TXT (Copyright) 72 Copyright


References