Truxton

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Truxton
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Sega, Retro-Bit (Collector's Edition)
Developer:
Original system(s): Arcade boards
Publisher(s) of original games: Taito
Genre: Shooting[1][2]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,0006,000 G-4020
Sega Mega Drive
US
$42.9942.99[4]
Sega Mega Drive
EU
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.9934.99[6][7]
Sega Mega Drive
SE
(Rental)
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Mega Drive
BR
Sega Mega Drive
KR
GM4001JG
Sega Mega Drive
US
(Retro-Bit)
$44.9944.99[8]
Sega Mega Drive
EU
(Retro-Bit)
€39.9939.99[8]
Non-Sega versions

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Truxton, known in Japan as Tatsujin (達人, lit. "Mastery"), is a Sega Mega Drive vertical shoot-'em-up developed by Toaplan and published by Sega. A port of the developer's titular 1988 arcade game Truxton, it was first released in Japan in December 1989.[2] In October 2020, the game was re-released worldwide by Retro-Bit as part of Toaplan Shooters Collector's Edition.[9][10]

Story

The Gidans have begun an invasion of the Borogo and have managed to destroy all but one Borogo fighter ship; the player must take control of this ship (the "Super Fighter") and defeat the Gidans.

Gameplay

A shoots, C shoots rapidfire, and B launches a bomb (which resembles a full screen size skull when exploding; you have a limited supply of these).

Truxton also contains a notable damage-related bug - pausing the game during the Destroyer Bomb's explosion causes the damage done by the attack to increase with every pause. By rapidly pausing and unpausing, players are able to defeat enemies and bosses quite easily.

Items

Powerups are mostly found in predetermined areas, though some may be scattered. There are a number of types of powerups:

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Power Shot
The default weapon of the Super Fighter. It is a standard bullet shot, upgradable to create spread shots. The final upgrade is a new circular shot weapon not present in the arcade version.
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Tatsujin Beam/Truxton Beam
The strongest weapon in the game, capable of cutting straight through enemies. The downside is that it can only fire forwards.
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Thunder Laser
A continuous beam of energy that locks on to enemy targets. Upgrading adds more beams and increases the strength.
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Power Booster
These powerups add a "P" to the HUD on the right side of the screen. After a certain number of Ps are collected (initially 5), your weapons power up one level. This powering up will last until you lose a life, but will carry over from weapon to weapon until then. There are three "levels" of upgrades.
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Speed Booster
Increases the speed of your ship. There are five levels of speed - collecting these items after your ship is maxed out will grant the player 5000 points.
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Tatsujin Bomb/Destroyer Bomb
Adds a bomb to your arsenal. Bombs destroy all small enemies on screen and evaporate enemy bullets. They can also significantly damage bosses. Unlike in the arcade release, this one covers the whole screen.

Stages

Though the American (and others?) manual suggests each asteroid graphic (there are eight) is a separate level, Truxton is correctly divided into five stages; each has its own musical theme and stage boss (which have their own musical theme).

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Notavailable.svg Stage 5

History

Release

Legacy

In September 2008, retro gaming YouTuber Mark Bussler of Classic Game Room posted a positive video review of Truxton to his channel.[11] The review quickly took off in popularity, and viewers were particularly entertained by Mark's pronunciation of the name Truxton; both Classic Game Room and Mark's style of speaking would later develop a strong association with the game. This association has been humorously embraced by Mark himself, and is frequently celebrated and parodied by the larger gaming community.[12]

Versions

This port is unusual in that it appears to be written for PAL specs; the overall speed of the game, music and sound effects, etc, greatly resemble the arcade version when played at 50 FPS.

Despite the small ROM size and plenty of screen filling enemies, almost all graphics in this game are stored in an uncompressed state.

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English (US) Truxton Truxton
Japanese 達人 Tatsujin

Production credits

  • Staff: T. Ohta, M. Yuge, K. Iwabuchi, S. Nakaoka, N. Sawada, Y. Tataka
  • Cast: Tatsuo, Lilin, Jtank, Badron, Gulus, Dosvam, Dogurava
© Toaplan 1988
© Sega 1989


Digital manuals

Magazine articles

Main article: Truxton/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in GamePro (US) #10: "May 1990" (1990-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Computer Games (GR) #3: "Ioúnios 1990" (1990-xx-xx)
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Print advert in ACE (UK) #37: "October 1990" (1990-09-xx)
also published in:
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Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1989-11: "November 1989" (1989-XX-XX)

Collector's Edition (Retro-Bit)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
30
[14]
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
40
[15]
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
58
[16]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
80
[17]
Computer Entertainer (US)
67
[18]
Complete Guide to Consoles (UK)
92
[19]
Complete Guide to Consoles (UK)
82
[20]
The Complete Guide to Sega (UK)
82
[21]
Console XS (UK) PAL
84
[22]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
94
[23]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
63
[24]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
82
[25]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
68
[26]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
94
[27]
Joystick (FR)
77
[28]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
78
[29]
Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
67
[30]
Mega Action (UK)
88
[31]
MegaTech (UK)
82
[32]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
80
[33]
Mean Machines (UK)
82
[34]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
82
[35]
Megazone (AU)
87
[36]
Power Play (DE)
77
[37]
Raze (UK) PAL
85
[6]
S: The Sega Magazine (UK) PAL
88
[38]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
75
[39]
Sega Pro (UK)
88
[40]
Sega Pro (UK) NTSC-J
46
[41]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
84
[41]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
66
[42]
Tilt (FR)
70
[43]
Top Secret (PL)
100
[44]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
72
[45]
VideoGames & Computer Entertainment (US) NTSC-U
50
[46]
Zero (UK)
87
[47]
Sega Mega Drive
76
Based on
36 reviews

Truxton

Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
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Cart
Truxton md jp manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
Truxton md us manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
Truxton MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
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Cart
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PCB
Mega Drive, SE (rental)
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Cover
Mega Drive, AU
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Cover
Mega Drive, AU (alt)
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Cover
Mega Drive, BR
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Cover
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Cart
Truxton md br manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, BR (Cardboard)
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Cover
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Cart
Truxton md br manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, KR
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, (Retro-Bit)

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 5bd0882d
MD5 75a42b19e5503c72b21018699314db0b
SHA-1 90039844478e7cb99951fdff1979c3bda04d080a
512kB 1989-09 Cartridge
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
Cartridge Retro-Bit release

References

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  1. File:Truxton MD JP Box.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-20 09:51)
  3. Computer Entertainer, "January 1990" (US; 1990-01-20), page 23
  4. GamePro, "April 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 52
  5. 5.0 5.1 Mean Machines, "October 1990" (UK; 1990-09-xx), page 93
  6. 6.0 6.1 Raze, "January 1991" (UK; 1990-11-29), page 57
  7. ACE, "October 1990" (UK; 1990-09-xx), page 51
  8. 8.0 8.1 File:TSCE Toaplan Press Release.pdf, page 2
  9. https://retro-bit.com/toaplan-shooters/ (Wayback Machine: 2021-05-15 18:27)
  10. File:TSCE Toaplan Press Release.pdf
  11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLUEH7M_xbc
  12. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIhH-_BXPr8
  13. Computer & Video Games, "October 1990" (UK; 1990-09-16), page 122
  14. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 304
  15. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 251
  16. Aktueller Software Markt, "Februar 1990" (DE; 1990-xx-xx), page 92
  17. Beep! MegaDrive, "February 1990" (JP; 1990-01-08), page 69
  18. Computer Entertainer, "January 1990" (US; 1990-01-20), page 18
  19. Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume Two" (UK; 1990-04-xx), page 23
  20. Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume IV" (UK; 1990-11-xx), page 39
  21. The Complete Guide to Sega, "" (UK; 1991-05-xx), page 51
  22. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 135
  23. Computer & Video Games, "March 1990" (UK; 1990-02-16), page 97
  24. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "March 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 20
  25. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 110
  26. Famitsu, "" (JP; 19xx-xx-xx), page 17
  27. Hobby Consolas, "Octubre 1991" (ES; 1991-xx-xx), page 85
  28. Joystick, "Octobre 1990" (FR; 1990-xx-xx), page 91
  29. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 95
  30. Mega Drive Fan, "August 1990" (JP; 1990-07-07), page 73
  31. Mega Action, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-20), page 65
  32. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 81
  33. Micromanía (segunda época), "Noviembre 1990" (ES; 1990-1x-xx), page 60
  34. Mean Machines, "October 1990" (UK; 1990-09-xx), page 92
  35. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 142
  36. Megazone, "June/July 1991" (AU; 1991-xx-xx), page 24
  37. Power Play, "3/90" (DE; 1990-02-19), page 104
  38. S: The Sega Magazine, "November 1990" (UK; 1990-10-04), page 8
  39. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 55
  40. Sega Pro, "April 1992" (UK; 1992-03-19), page 30
  41. 41.0 41.1 Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 68
  42. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 87
  43. Tilt, "Septembre 1990" (FR; 1990-0x-xx), page 88
  44. Top Secret, "Marzec 1995" (PL; 1995-xx-xx), page 57
  45. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 206
  46. VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, "February 1990" (US; 1990-0x-xx), page 87
  47. Zero, "May 1990" (UK; 1990-0x-xx), page 87


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