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Battle Garegga
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer:
Publisher(s) of original games: Eighting
System(s): Sega Saturn
Original system(s): Arcade Boards
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (32 tracks)
Peripherals supported: 3D Control Pad
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up






























Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
JP
¥5,800 T-10627G



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. 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 creditsMedia:BattleGaregga_Saturn_JP_SSEnding.pdf[1]


K.NakashimaS.Yagawa, Y.WatanabeY.OchiaiS.Yamakawa, M.TatsudaSantaruruMr.Daigoro, Marika.FMr.Kawase, Mr.Hibi, Healthy, K.Yokoo, S.Onishi, Hideki, K.Shibayama, Chikage, Miki, Hiromi, Chisato

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Track list


1. [data track] ({{{time}}})


2. RAIZING (00:06)


3. Rebellion (00:19)
Composed by: Manabu Namiki


4. 4:71am (00:47)
Composed by: Manabu Namiki


5. Fly to the Leaden Sky (01:29)
Composed by: Manabu Namiki


6. Underwater Rampart (02:12)
Composed by: Manabu Namiki


7. Tunnel Vision (02:39)
Composed by: Manabu Namiki


8. Degeneracy (02:08)
Composed by: Manabu Namiki


9. Subversive Awareness (03:45)
Composed by: Manabu Namiki


10. Megalomaniac (03:12)
Composed by: Manabu Namiki


11. Marginal Consciousness (02:21)
Composed by: Manabu Namiki


12. Stab and stomp! (03:41)
Composed by: Manabu Namiki


13. Thrust and Thrash! (03:06)
Composed by: Manabu Namiki


14. Erupter (02:32)
Composed by: Manabu Namiki


15. Fatality (00:07)
Composed by: Manabu Namiki


16. Bluescape (00:47)
Composed by: Manabu Namiki


17. Blood Brothers in the Dawn (00:45)
Composed by: Manabu Namiki


18. RAIZING (00:06)


19. Rebellion (00:19)
Arranged by: Hayato Matsuo


20. 4:71am (01:02)
Arranged by: Manabu Namiki


21. Fly to the Leaden Sky (01:34)
Arranged by: Manabu Namiki


22. Underwater Rampart (02:06)
Arranged by: Ayako Saso


23. Tunnel Vision (02:47)
Arranged by: Hitoshi Sakimoto


24. Degeneracy (02:26)
Arranged by: Takayuki Aihara


25. Subversive Awareness (03:21)
Arranged by: Shinji Hosoe


26. Megalomaniac (03:15)
Arranged by: Kenichi Koyano


27. Marginal Consciousness (02:11)
Arranged by: Kenichi Koyano


28. Stab and stomp! (02:51)
Arranged by: Takayuki Aihara


29. Thrust and Thrash! (03:01)
Arranged by: Ayako Saso


30. Erupter (02:31)
Arranged by: Shinji Hosoe


31. Fatality (00:06)
Arranged by: Manabu Namiki


32. Bluescape (00:51)
Arranged by: Hitoshi Sakimoto


33. Blood Brothers in the Dawn (00:44)
Arranged by: Hayato Matsuo
Running time: 59:07

Magazine articles

Main article: Battle Garegga/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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SSM JP 19971219 1997-44.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #80: "1997-44 (1997-12-19)" (1997-12-05)
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SSM JP 19980306 1998-06ex.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #89: "1998-06 extra (1998-03-06ex)" (1998-02-20)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
50 №74, p76
60 №481, p35
57 №1998-05, p54[2]
80 №1998-06ex, p184[3]
90 №, p9Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[4]
Sega Saturn
67
Based on
5 reviews

Saturn, JP
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Cover
BattleGaregga Saturn JP Spinecard.jpg
Spinecard
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Disc

References

  1. File:BattleGaregga_Saturn_JP_SSEnding.pdf
  2. File:MAN!AC DE 1998-05.pdf, page 54
  3. File:SSM_JP_19980306_1998-06ex.pdf, page 186
  4. File:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf, page 11