King & Balloon

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King & Balloon
System(s): Sega Master System
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Master System

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King & Balloon is an arcade game released by Namco in 1980. It was subsequently ported to the MSX platform in 1984, a version which also made its way to South Korean Sega Master Systems as Wang-gwa Pungseon (왕과풍선) in the years that followed. The Master System version is unlicensed, and runs in the graphics mode intended for SG-1000 backwards compatiblity (due to similarities with the MSX hardware)). It is currently unknown who ported the game to Sega's console, or when it was released.

King & Balloon is a vertical shoot-'em-up game extremely similar in nature to Namco's Galaxian (1979) and Galaga (1981). Players control a turret and have to destroy enemy "balloons" before they can kidnap the king at the bottom of the screen and fly him away from the action. The player can be killed without reprocussions - the life system is based on how many times the king is kidnapped.

Physical scans

Master System, KR

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Master System
CRC32 0ae470e5
MD5 ea0f3ee7d540d92845cad40d5bc53ef9
SHA-1 592d60e50a63eb8fba055e85c6ec04298be76ab9
32kB Cartridge (KR)